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better skin through food

by Diane Lofshult on Jun 23, 2010

Food for Thought

Although some skin conditions are best treated by a dermatologist, you can enhance the appearance of your skin by improving the content of your diet. According to the editors at Reader’s Digest, here are the foods that can make your skin do an about-face:

Eggs, Legumes, Avocados, Nuts and Soybeans. These foods contain an essential vitamin called biotin, which is vital for the metabolism of carbohydrates and fats; a deficiency can cause dry skin.

Salmon. This fish contains a carotenoid called “astaxanthin,” which is known to improve skin elasticity and reduce wrinkles.

Green Tea. This tea variety can help protect against sun damage to skin. (For a frosty, healthy dessert, try the green tea and ginger granita in this month’s Recipe for Health.)

Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Found in foods such as walnuts, cod-liver oil and fortified foods, these compounds help skin look and feel young.

Pomegranates. When applied topically (as in facials), the fruit inside can produce more collagen and enhance skin healing.

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About the Author

Diane Lofshult

Diane Lofshult IDEA Author/Presenter

Diane Lofshult is a contributing editor for IDEA Fitness Journal and an award-winning freelance author who specializes in nutrition and weight management topics. She is the founder of In Other Words, an editorial consulting firm based in Solana Beach, California. Reach her at lofshult@roadrunner.com.