Perhaps the only food you associate with skin is a little whipped cream on Saturday night. But a lot of foods are good for your skin. Here are some of our favorites:
Eggs: (yolks unfortunately), legumes, avocados, soybeans, and nuts: All of these contain biotin, an essential chemical for fat and carbohydrate metabolism. A lack of biotin (caused by taking too many antibiotics or an inadequate diet) can lead to dry skin or dermatitis of the face or scalp. (A deficiency can also cause your hair and nails to become brittle and frail.)
Salmon: It contains astaxanthin, the carotenoid that gives salmon its pink color, which improves skin elasticity, and the good fat DHA-omega-3, which also makes your skin and hair look younger and healthier.
Green Tea: The polyphenols have free oxygen radical scavengers that protect against photodamage and thicken epidermis. It can be taken orally or topically. And it may help sunburn.
Pomegranates: In addition to thickening the epidermis and prolonging fibroblast life to produce more collagen and elastin, they contain antioxidants that seem to accelerate wound healing.
Tomatoes: The nutrients in these reduce the chance that you will get a sunburn, so bulk up on tomatoes (with a little lipid like a few walnuts before hand - so the active ingredients are absorbed) before your annual summer vacation. While it may be because of the lycopene they contain, we really do not know the active ingredient is, so enjoy the tomatoes rather than just a lycopene supplement.
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