food for beauty

i’m not big on makeup so i’ll have to depend on food and genes to not look frightful when i leave the house! so Women’s Health provided some “beauty products” from the supermarket. similar to the previous lists of healthy foods, it’s another reason to eat more good stuff!

1. Blueberries and pomegranates

These fruits protect you from fine lines and dryness. Plus, their high vitamin C content keeps your skin nice and plump, says Glassman

2. Dark chocolate

Dark chocolate can help protect your skin from sun damage and amp up blood flow to your tissues, keeping skin nourished and glowing. Look for chocolate that’s at least 70 percent cacao (it has more antioxidants), and stick to one ounce a day.

3. Spinach

Spinach can help fight inflammation and free-radical damage – precursors to fine lines and wrinkles. It also helps eyes stay healthy and bright. Spinach is an all-star source of vitamin A (beta-carotene), which helps speed up skin cell turnover and keeps skin supple, says Marmur. (And from this beta-carotene, your body generates its very own retinol, which makes skin firm and resilient.) For variety, swap spinach for kale, collard greens, and Swiss chard – all of which have similar look-pretty powers.

4. Walnuts

Eating just one ounce of walnuts will supply you with your daily dose of the nutrients (namely omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E) that are responsible smoother skin, healthier hair, brighter eyes, and stronger bones. Other top nuts include hazelnuts, pistachios, and almonds.

5. Yogurt

Eating one cup of plain low-fat yogurt provides half the calcium needed for strong nails and teeth. Plus, eight ounces is packed with two grams of zinc, which helps calm skin inflammation, treat rosacea, and prompt regeneration of cells.

6. Tomatoes

Tomato (whether sliced, diced, stewed, or simmered), helps protect skin against damage from the sun and other environmental factors thanks to its key ingredient, the antioxidant lycopene. Lycopene is actually highest in cooked tomatoes. Healthy fats aid the body’s absorption of lycopene and other nutrients, so eat one serving of tomatoes a day with a drizzle of olive oil, a splash of vinaigrette, or a slice of avocado.

7. Kiwis

A single kiwi has nearly all the vitamin C you need in a day. It can help stimulate collagen synthesis, repair damage to skin-cell DNA, and keep blood vessels and hair follicles strong.

8. Edamame

Isoflavones in soy foods (tofu, soy milk, and edamame) can ease inflammation and stave off collagen breakdown, leaving skin with a more even tone and fewer wrinkles. A serving per day is both safe and helpful.

9. Sweet potatoes, carrots, and butternut squash

These orange wonder veggies contain a bonanza of beauty-boosting beta-carotene, which your body converts into skin-smoothing retinol, thereby helping to protect your skin from past and present sun damage.

10. Green tea

Antioxidants, called catechins, in green tea can help prevent certain skin cancers and stave off sunburns. Drink two cups a day. If you aren’t into tea, try sprinkling green matcha powder (which has the highest concentration of catechins) into a yogurt parfait or homemade smoothie.

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read article on Yahoo! Health from Women’s Health: Beauty From the Inside Out

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