Feed your Skin

If you are NOT looking to spend hundreds, or even thousands of dollars on a skin care regime, there is an all-natural, holistic approach to caring for your skin, and fighting age.  Avoid processed foods and choose natural, plant-based foods rich in antioxidants which fight free radical damage and can ward off aging. A regular diet rich in plant-based foods will reap huge benefits.

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Here is the “honor roll” of foods to feed your skin.

Berries.  A good rule of thumb: the darker, the better.  Blackberries and blueberries in particular are very rich in antioxidants.

Avocado.  The oil contained in these rich fruits nourish and moisturize the skin from the inside out.

Tomato.  Tomatoes are a girl’s best friend!  These lycopene-rich fruits improve the overall health of your skin.  When they are cooked (i.e. in pizza or pasta sauce), the healthful benefits are greatly multiplied.

Kale.  A small amount of this leafy powerhouse can give you 130% of your daily vitamin C, which firms and tones our skin.

Papaya.  The enzymes in papaya have natural exfoliating properties, leaving you with a fresh, dewy complexion.

Seeds.  Sunflower seeds in particular contain high levels of vitamin E, which acts as a natural SPF.  The high fatty acids help soothe chapped lips and dry skin.  Watch the salt content on seeds – some can lambast you with bloating sodium.

Red Bell Peppers.  These contain carotenoids which combat wrinkles. Bonus: they contain fiber.

Dark Chocolate.  Look for chocolate with 70% cacao or higher.  Any lower will not give you the full skin hydration and circulation benefits.

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