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How food contributes to youthful-looking skin

It’s old news that what you put in is what you get out, but that doesn’t stop us from eating food that doesn’t help us be more beautiful on the inside or outside.

What we know is that antioxidants work to slow the visible signs of ageing. But can your diet actually improve some skin conditions? We think so.

Vitamins, minerals, marine peptides, and carotenoids
When taken every day, some high-quality supplements can really boost the skin’s performance. Quality is key here, since many supplements are not approved by any regulatory body. Check for high-quality products from a reputable manufacturer for help at home treating skin conditions, including melasma, eczema, and skin integrity.

Vitamin C and linoleic acid
A diet high in vitamin C and linoleic acid (found in some healthy oils) have been demonstrated to result in fewer wrinkles, less age-related dryness, and less skin thinning.

Reducing sugar intake is associated with protection of elastin and collagen molecules, since high amounts of sugar can start to damage these molecules. This can lead to wrinkles and sagging.

Sun damage and antioxidants
Protecting from UV rays is done the old-fashioned way – covering up with clothing, hats, and sunscreen – but there are some supplements and foods that can help keep us protected just a tiny bit.

Green tea, lycopene (found in tomatoes), beta carotene, cocoa flavanols and vitamins E and C are all antioxidants that help with UV protections in the skin. These antioxidants are all found in fruit and vegetables, and dark chocolate.

The best diet for healthy skin is one high in vegetables, legumes, fish and olive oil, but low in dairy and sugar.

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