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Beautiful Skin Through Proper Food Choices

Updated on February 20, 2013

Why Nutrition Matters

With all the products and treatments available, we tend to think that proper skin care comes in a bottle.

And it is easy to forget the role of health and nutrition.

But ultimately your skin is a part of your biological makeup. And focusing only on the surface will not lead to the absolute best results you can achieve.

Your skin needs the right materials in order to produce new cells and new protein. Therefore, nutrition counts.

This Hub is intended to provide you with quick and relevant information that you can put to work right away.

Consume Plenty of Antioxidants

Antioxidants will neutralize compounds known as free radicals which are destructive to your tissues. Free radicals are looking for electrons to regain their stability. Antioxidants provide these electrons, preventing them from causing further harm.

Great Sources of Antioxidants

1) Green tea

2) Spinach

3) Kale

4) Watercress

5) Blueberries

6) Cranberries

7) Carrots

8) Purple cabbage

How To Get More Antioxidants In Your Diet By Howcast

Don't Forget Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Omega 3 fatty acids are essential for your skin to look its best. They provide the materials needed for creating lipids. Lipids are needed for the outer cellular membrane. Young skin is characterized by constant cell renewal. To help this natural process, fatty acids are a must.

Sources of Omega 3

1) fish and fish oil

2) walnut oil

3) canola oil

4) perilla oil

5) flaxseeds

6) nuts


How to Eat Foods Rich in Omega 3

Vitamin C Benefits For Your Skin

Vitamin C is considered to be an antioxidant. It helps to protect your skin against UV rays. Research however shows that it is best combined with Vitamin E for topical sun protection.) Topical applications of these vitamins are more beneficial than dietary intake when it comes to sun protection. This is because they are already available on the surface of the skin. Migration from the circulatory system takes more time.

Vitamin C combines amino acids to create a compound that is a precursor to collagen. In order to make collagen, your body uses its supply of Vitamin C.

What many people also do not realize is that this nutrient also prevents and improves dry skin. The exact mechanism, however is not known. The same holds true for potassium. Potassium helps prevent water loss in your cells.

According to research, the skin can benefit from dietary intake of Vitamin C as well as topical applications.

Please note that this vitamin does not stay fresh and stable for prolonged periods of time. So just because a product is marked as having Vitamin C does not guarantee its effectiveness

How to Make Your Own Vitamin C Serum

How To Eat More Foods With Vitamin C

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