Before packaged products containing toxic chemicals became the norm for skin care, fortunate women knew the true secret to beautiful and healthy skin resided in the nutrients from certain foods. That age old adage you are what you eat (or what you rub on) remains just as true today. When it comes to maintaining smoother younger skin naturally and warding off the effects of aging, what you nourish yourself with is paramount. Here are the foods to vitalize your skin, help keep Father Time at bay and perhaps even turn back the clock a few years.
Healthy Fruits for the Skin:
* The pomegranate’s power to produce healthy radiant skin comes from ellagic acid, a polyphenol antioxidant also found in red wine and green tea. Ellagic acid from pomegranate has been shown in some studies to neutralize free radicals even more effectively than the polyphenols found in green tea and red wine.
* The top vitamins for the skin are vitamins A, B2, B3, B6, B12, C and E. Blackberries have all six, including abundant A, C, and E.
* Dark skinned grapes contain resveratrol an important compound for anti-aging as well as plenty of vitamin C and other good vitamins and nutrients. For maximum benefits, choose seeded grapes and eat or juice seeds and all.
* Though terribly over-hyped by some online sites and MLM weight-loss schemes, acai is indeed a super healthy juice loaded with anti-oxidants and nutrients that have many benefits, including benefits for the skin.
* Blueberries are among the top three overall healthiest fruits for the skin, along with pomegranate and acai.
* Raspberry, dark cherry, apple and strawberry are all very healthy and full of antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients for the skin and overall health.
* Carrots and carrot juice are loaded with vitamin A, which is an essential nutrient in maintaining healthy skin.
Some Other Skin Care Suggestions:
* Shiitake mushrooms contain antioxidants that block proteins known to cause cell breakdown. They provide chemical exfoliation and they also contain kojic acid, which has a lightening effect on age spots and discoloration, making skin appear brighter over time.
* Pumpkins contain ample carotenoids, from which Vitamin A is derived. Pumpkin seeds are a good source of zinc and have been used as a natural remedy for acne. Studies show that zinc has an natural effect similar to that of the common antibiotic tetracycline.
* Vitamin B7 (Biotin) is necessary for cell growth, the production of fatty acids, and the metabolism of fats and amino acids.
Skin Care Remedies:
* For softer, suppler and less dry skin, try a brown sugar/olive oil/ginger body scrub. Mix two cups of brown sugar with one cup of olive oil and add a small amount of ground ginger. Mix well into a paste. Using circular motions, rub your entire body, paying special attention to elbows, heels, and knees. Rinse with a body wash and wet washcloth, and towel dry.
* Use milk and honey to have softer, smoother feet without harsh exfoliation. Pour two cups of milk per one cup of honey into a basin large enough to hold both feet. Soak for 15 minutes, lightly massaging the mixture into skin. You can also use the milk/honey combo to soak elbows or hands, or pat gently onto the face and massage in. Rinse with tepid water.
* If you have normal to oily skin, you can tighten pores and achieve a brighter complexion with an egg white and orange juice masque. Mix two raw egg whites with 1/4 cup of fresh orange juice. Apply to skin and let rest for 15 minutes until dry. Rinse well with warm water.
* For a radiant, moisturized glow, try an oatmeal face masque (especially good for sensitive skin). Mix oatmeal with boiling water according to package instructions. Let cool, then apply to skin and let rest for 15 minutes. Rinse well with warm water.
* Use one or more of these oils to minimize wrinkles and fine lines and keep your skin healthy and glowing: grape seed, coconut, olive, avocado (drier skin) and jojoba (breakout prone skin).
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