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Top 5 Foods for Beautiful Skin

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There are several beauty products, treatments and skin creams that claim to work wonders for the skin. Did you know that eating certain foods can also aid in producing beautiful, glowing skin?

This weekend marks the celebrated kick-off of the summer and before we know it, it’ll be time to get back into a swimsuit. It’s hard to have to worry about showing your skin when you’re faced with the big crowds at the Jersey Shore. If you struggle with skin problems such as acne, sun damage or aging effects, adding the following nutrient-packed foods can get you on your way to clear, youthful looking skin!


Flickr user Charles Haynes
Flickr user Charles Haynes
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Fish


 
 

Fish contains omega-3 fats that help protect the skin against sun damage and strengthen skin cell membranes. Fish like salmon, mackerel and rainbow trout are loaded with smart fats that know to allow water in while keeping toxins out of the body. Omega-3 fats found in fish oil have also been said to help with inflammation and to improve focus and brain activity.

 
Flickr user claireknights
Flickr user claireknights
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Carrots


 
 

Carrots are a beneficial factor in providing the skin with a vibrant glow. They're high in the antioxidant beta-carotene, which converts to Vitamin A and provides protection against the sun's harmful rays. Be careful though, too many carrots can temporarily create an orange glow in the skin!

 
Flickr user cyclonebill
Flickr user cyclonebill
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Broccoli


 
 

Broccoli is a super vegetable that provides calcium, potassium, iron, fiber, niacin and folic acid - all great for the entire body. Broccoli is also high in antioxidants and rich in vitamins A, C, and E. The Vitamin E aids in promoting skin's elasticity and also protects the skin against harmful UV rays.

 
Flickr user puamelia
Flickr user puamelia
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Tropical Fruit


 
 

Fruits high in Vitamin C such as papaya, kiwi, guava, passion fruit and pineapple are a great for younger looking skin. The Vitamin C helps to produce collagen, aiding in skin's firmness and elasticity. Strawberries are another fruit very high in antioxidants and Vitamin C and although they are not a tropical fruit, they too work wonders for the skin.

 
Flickr user HealthAliciousNess
Flickr user HealthAliciousNess
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Nuts and Seeds


 
 

Sunflower seeds, flax seeds, sesame seeds - all have powerful skin fortifying components. Pumpkin seeds are great because they're loaded with Zinc, which provides collagen and helps with skin repair. Almonds, pine nuts, hazelnuts, walnuts and brazil nuts are high in Vitamin E, an antioxidant that protects and repairs the skin.

 

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