Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Foods that make your skin glow!

Firm and Bright skin: Fruits and veggies! They prevent wrinkles. The colorful pigments that produce bright orange and red also refill antioxidant levels in your skin. The top 4? Sweet potatoes, tomatoes, cantaloupe, and berries! Replenish your skin’s supply of antioxidants, so they’re ready to scarf up free radicals whenever they make an appearance. Free reds are highly reactive oxygen molecules that damage cells and contribute to just about everything that can go wrong with skin, from dryness to crinkles.

Fresh and Juicy skin: Your body can’t store much wrinkle-fighting vitamin C, so you need to keep your supplies stoked. The easiest, simplest way? Have some citrus every day. Oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruit. Actually, ounce for ounce, oranges are the top citrus C source but you can only eat so many, right? For variety, make lemonade, squeeze limes on melon. Keep skin’s vitamin C levels high. While C’s a nifty antioxidant, that’s not the key reason it’s here. It helps keep collagen- the supportive protein fibers that stop skin from sagging- strong and resilient.

Smoothing and Soothing: There’s a particularly potent antioxidant known as EGCG that does all kinds of good things for skin. The best place to find it is green, or white tea (not herbal). Brew a teapot full every morning, so that sipping four to six cups throughout the day is easy. Green tea “the roasting process that turns this green tea a brownish color also lowers its caffeine content”--handy if you’re caffeine sensitive. Give your skin a healthy dose of EGCG, which is a great multi-tasker. EGCG puts a damper on inflammatory chemicals involved in acne and sun-related skin aging; it also helps prevent skin cancer; and it has a loin-tamer effect on amino acid- and anything you can do to staunch the flow of the stress hormone cortisol helps keep collagen fibers intact.

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