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There are many fruits and vegetables that provide nutritive benefits to multiple organs, including our largest organ: the skin.
tips for a skin healthy diet
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Skincare super foods (foods you should eat) There are many fruits and vegetables that provide nutritive benefits to multiple organs, including our largest organ: the skin. While simply eating the following foods will not have the same impact as the application of PCA SKIN® professional treatments and daily care products directly to the skin, they are part of a healthy diet that will only serve you well, both inside and out:
- Carrots: Carrots are a great source of vitamin A, which helps treat acne and address wrinkles.
- Broccoli: Broccoli contains high amounts of vitamins C and E, which add an extra layer of protection from UV rays. Broccoli also helps to build collagen in your skin, which keeps you youthful and prevents wrinkles.
- Tomatoes: Lycopene, the red carotene pigment that gives tomatoes their color, fights sun damage and free radicals. You’ll get the most benefit from cooked tomatoes, as antioxidants are released during this process. Lycopene is also best absorbed when eaten in combination with fats — think pizza!
- Berries (especially blueberries and raspberries): The vitamins and probiotics in berries protect your skin from environmental pollutants and other oxidative damage. They’re also high in vitamin C, which helps prevent wrinkles and keep your skin firm by building up collagen.
- Green tea: Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is a polyphenol naturally found in green tea. It’s an extremely effective antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. It also provides exceptional protection from UV-induced damage. Some studies suggest that EGCG may play a role in healthy cell proliferation, which keeps the skin looking and acting younger.
- Yogurt and kefir (a fermented milk product): Both are high in probiotics and have skin-friendly bacteria that fight redness and skin irritation. Depending on the brand, kefir can have three times higher concentrations of probiotics. Studies indicate that probiotics reduce inflammation and can help improve acne, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis and rosacea.
- Fish: Fish, especially salmon and mackerel, are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which help hydrate your skin. They also help to strengthen your cell membrane, which is responsible for keeping harmful things out, but also allows nutrients in and out of the cell.
- Nuts: Not only are nuts high in omega fatty acids, but certain types of nuts, like almonds, are also rich in vitamin E, an anti-inflammatory that helps with acne, psoriasis and eczema.
- Avocados: Avocados help to slow the aging process because they are high in glutathione, a strong antioxidant that strengthens and rebuilds collagen. The stronger your collagen, the better your skin fights wrinkles.
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