Health & Wellness

The Best Foods For Beautiful Skin

By Tawnya Manion | January 9, 2013

Photo: Fd

Is your diet taking away your glow? Eating a healthy diet with sufficient amounts of omega-6, omega-3, vitamins C and E, zinc, and iron help prevent signs of premature aging. According to scientists at the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, omega-6 and vitamin C prevent wrinkles and dryness that come with age. Vitamin E, which provides the body with antioxidants, protects skin from UV-induced free radicals. Zinc and iron, two minerals that are key in maintaining radiant skin, slough off dead dermis and carry oxygen via red blood cells to the surface of your epidermis providing you with a brighter complexion. Lastly, omega-3 fatty acids fight inflammation.

This irritant to the body produces free radicals which contribute to saggy skin and the loss of collagen. A great way to ensure you consume enough of these above listed vitamins, is to sip your way to great skin. Smoothies are a delicious way to get all the nutriments you need to maintain a youthful glow. Each smoothie recipe serves one person.

Gleaming Inside and Out Smoothie. This smoothie contains dandelion greens which are great for helping the liver detox. The avocado contains antioxidants, which protects the skin, and coconut water to keep it hydrated. Blend…1/2 cup blueberries, 1/2 banana, 1/2 cup dandelion greens (no stems), 6 oz coconut water, 1/4 avocado, 1/2 cup ice, 2 tablespoons of honey.

Pina Colada Smoothie. Stress is skin’s number one enemy, so let this smoothie take you on a tropical fantasy vacation. It includes coconut milk, which possesses a bad rap for containing high amounts of saturated fat. However, fat, if consumed in moderation, helps keep the dermis supple. Pineapple contains copious amounts of vitamin C and helps to heal scars.  Blend…1/2 cup light coconut milk, 3/4 cup pineapple, 1/2 banana, 1/2 cup ice. Serve with a vanilla bean and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Moisture Serge Smoothie. If your skin is feeling dry and deflated, drink this smoothie and give some life back to your body and dermis. Blend…1/2 cup cubed cucumber, 2 tablespoons fresh mint, 3/4 cup mango, 1/2 cup plain or vanilla yogurt,  1/2 cup ice, 2 tablespoons filtered or spring water.

As you can see, the foods you eat are imporant in keeping your skin soft, smooth, and free from premature aging. The combination of proteins, good-for-you fats, fruits, and vegtables are alkalizing and help the body rid its self of toxins. Oh, and as a side note, all of these recipes work as great skin brightening masks, too. Just blend, apply liberally to the face and neck, let sit for 15 minutes, and then rinse with cool water.

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