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Crunch This Cool, Crisp Veggie for Smoother Skin

When you're done applying those cucumber slices to swollen, red eyes, pop 'em in your mouth. Turns out that eating cucumbers may be good for your skin, too.

According to Allison Tannis, author of Feed Your Skin, Starve Your Wrinkles, cukes have a bushel of skin-friendly stuff that may help reduce fluid retention while keeping skin moist and toned.

  • Magnesium, potassium, and fiber: You'll want to keep the peels on your cucumbers to get these nutrients, which, according to Tannis, may help lower blood pressure. And that's good for your appearance, because high blood pressure can push fluid out of the blood and into other tissues, like your skin, leaving you with a puffy, inflamed face. (Related: Find out how fiber helps lower blood pressure.)
     
  • Silica: Also found in the peel, silica makes up an important part of connective tissue and can help tighten and firm loose, sagging skin. (Related: This Mango Salsa recipe is full of silica, too.)

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Skin Care

Skin Care

Blueberries, dark chocolate and sunscreen are three things you need to keep skin beautiful, supple and smooth. Antioxidant-rich foods such as berries, dark chocolate, cantaloupe, citrus fruits and leafy greens provide the vitamins ...

you need for skins elasticity. Avoiding smoking prevents premature aging. But the number-one way to keep skin gorgeous is to stay out of the sun and away from tanning beds. The suns radiation causes skin damage, including wrinkles, age spots and skin cancer. Use a sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays in an SPF of 15 or higher, and reapply often.
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