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Beautiful skin starts at the grocery store

Label checking will help identify vitamins important to beautiful skin.
Label checking will help identify vitamins important to beautiful skin.
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With countless creams, serums, cleansers and treatments for every skin concern, it can be difficult to know where to start. And while many of these products promise results, the truth is, beautiful skins begins with a balanced diet of skin nourishing and protecting foods packed with vitamins and antioxidants.

Vitamin A is found in low-fat dairy products and leafy greens, and is essential for healthy skin. This vitamin helps rebuild tissue and regulate cell growth, and also aids in skin hydration.

• Essential fatty oils help maintain strong cell membrane, which are important in retaining moisture and preventing premature aging. Foods like salmon, flaxseed, canola oil and walnuts are excellent sources of beneficial fatty oils. Omega 3 and omega 6, which are essential in good health in general, are perhaps the best known fatty oils.

Antioxidants fight free radicals like pollution and sun exposure that can damage skin. Anti-oxidants fight free radicals and strengthen skin’s resistance to the elements. You can find skin-protecting antioxidants in fruits like blueberries, blackberries, plums and strawberries.

• You have no doubt read the numerous health benefits of green tea, and those benefits extend to beautiful skin as well. Green tea has anti-inflammatory properties and has been shown to protect the cell membrane. A study published in the Archives of Dermatology showed green tea to have skin cancer fighting properties as well.

• No beautiful skin list would be complete without water, and the importance of keeping the skin hydrated. Water also helps move toxins out of cells. While opinions vary on exactly how much water a person should consumer daily, proper hydration is a definitive yes among dermatologists. However, not all water is created equal. Hard water may have benefits as it is packed with skin-nourishing minerals.

Keep in mind you are not likely to see changes overnight. Experts say you may not experience noticeable changes for three months to one year after adding these elements to your diet. However, they say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so with the proper diet, you may NOT see changes . . .and that’s a good thing! So stop worrying where to find the cure, and head to the grocery store to find the prevention.