Thanks to my magazine hoarding ways, I’ve been digging into past and present subscribed issues of Women’s Health Magazine. Normally I flip through quickly and put the issue down. But since I’m on a quest to find more ways to maintain my youthful appearance as well as warding off unexpected breakouts, I’ve been reading them more intently. That is, until the fountain of youth is discovered. I hope someone's on that project.
One thing I’m always looking to improve is the overall appearance of my skin. Rather than go out and add more products to my already jammed packed skincare routine, Women’s Health Magazine has me adding a few skin perfecting foods into my diet.
Almonds are loaded with Vitamin E, which is said to be a great in sun blocking. "Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant that helps to protect skin cells from UV light and other environmental factors that generate cell-damaging free radicals," explains Jeffrey Dover, M.D., associate clinical professor of dermatology at Yale University.
The Vitamin A source in carrots is great for clearing up breakouts and reduces the development of skin-cancer. "It helps prevent the overproduction of cells in the skin's outer layer," says Howard Murad, M.D., associate clinical professor of dermatology at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine.
There are many helpful properties in dark chocolate. The antioxidant Flavonols reduces roughness in the skin and protects against sun damage. So while you get your sweet fix for the day, you can also improve your skin’s texture. "The fats are believed to stifle your body's response to irritation and attract water to skin cells to plump up the skin and reduce wrinkles," Murad says.
There’s no surprise here. A hot cup of green tea provides Catechins, antioxidants with anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer factors. A couple cups a day will assist in preventing skin cancer and can possibly reverse the effects of sun damage on over exposed skin.
My father always did preach that you must take care of the internal before wanting to improve the external. It definitely does make sense to me now. Head over to Women’s Health Magazine for the complete list so you can eat your way to healthy and perfect skin as well. It’s the Fab Chick way.