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11 Foods For Radiant Skin

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What you eat shows in your complexion. When you consume healthy foods, your skin benefits as much as the rest of your body. Research indicates that eating the right foods gives you smooth, clear skin and a youthful glow. Here are the top 11 foods that will help you get that radiant, youthful complexion you desire.

Almonds:

Almonds have vitamin E, which neutralizes free radicals; which are those pesky molecules that dull your skin. They also contain fatty acids which can help to brighten your skin, giving it a youthful glow.

Apricots:

Not only are they delicious, but they are also full of vitamin A in which our body converts to retinol, a compound that helps produce new cells. The production of new cells helps minimize wrinkles.

Brazil nuts:

Snacking on Brazil nuts can help combat the damage from the sun. These nuts are perhaps the most abundant dietary source of selenium, a mineral that makes your skin cells more resistant to turning into sunburn cells, the cells that can eventually lead to skin cancer.

Chickpeas:

If you like hummus, you're in luck! Made from chickpeas hummus contains a protein that delivers amino acids; essential for tissue growth and repair, which is good news for your scratches, scars, and dark marks.

Coffee:

The caffeine in coffee can help to improve circulation and enhance your glow, while the antioxidants can help prevent wrinkles.

Chocolate:

No we're not pulling your leg. Chocolate (look for 70 - 80 percent cocoa) contains flavonols, which have been shown to make skin supple and protect against damaging UV rays and wrinkles, according to Nicholas Perricone, M.D. a dermatologist and founder of Perricone MD. Do we like Nicholas Perricone a whole lot right now? Why, yes. We do.

Green tea:

The antioxidants in green tea may help restore bounce and elasticity in the skin when consumed daily according to The Journal of Nutrition. Because green tea has many other health benefits, we say, go for it! It certainly can't hurt.

Oranges:

The vitamin C in oranges helps to banish dark circles and under-eye bags. By strengthening collagen, the supportive structure of your skin, it helps to lift sunken areas that create shadows.

Sunflower oil:

Purchased from your local grocer, this oil's linoleic, a fatty acid that helps create a soft outer layer of cells, helps rid your body of dry, cracked skin. Sauté and bake with it for a baby-soft complexion.

Water:

We know, we know... nag, nag, nag. But the truth is if you want great skin, you have to knock back your fair share of H2O. Water not only hydrates your body, but it also dissolves nutrients from food and helps transport them to skin cells. The Institute of Medicine suggests eleven cups a day. (Oh, stop crying!) Remember that many fruits and vegetables contain a fair amount of water. (An apple, for example, provides you with about a half a cup of water). See? All better now, right? Click here for more suggestions on getting the water your body needs.

Whole-grain bread:

The niacin in whole grains reduces redness from acne, rosacea and more by inhibiting inflammatory agents, according to Jody Levin, M.D., head of dermatology at Plastic Surgery & Dermatology of New York City. Whole-grain breads and whole-grain cereals are a great way to increase the niacin in your diet.

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