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Healthy Skin from the Inside Out

Nature's #1 beauty tip? Pay attention to what's on your plate.

From day one, our bodies are exposed to unstable molecules called free radicals. These molecules are a product of both internal and external factors such as sun exposure, smoking, polluted air, poor sleep and nutrition. Because free radicals are missing an electron, they scour the body looking to form bonds with oxygen-rich cells. Once paired, the healthy cell is changed radically. In addition to aging, free radicals trigger a number of problems such as cardiovascular and inflammatory disease, cataracts and cancer.

Antioxidants such as beta-carotene and vitamins C, E, and A help fight off the effects of free radicals. Moisturizers, serums and anti-aging products featuring these ingredients tend to dominate beauty aisles. But when it comes to a youthful glow, your first line of defense is from the inside out. Here’s how:

  • Eat your fruits and veggies. Try to add as much color to your plate as possible. Blueberries, strawberries, grapefruit, kale, spinach and different kinds of peppers are all naturally packed with antioxidants.

  • Don’t forget healthy fats. Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids help replenish the natural fats in skin that help keep the outermost layer strong. That way, external toxins such as sunlight and pollutants have a harder time doing damage. Wild salmon, walnuts and avocados are all great sources of omega-3 fatty acids.

  • Consider a supplement. Worried that you’re not getting enough antioxidants naturally? A balanced diet is a great place to start. However, if you spend a lot of time outdoors, are exposed to high levels of air pollution or smoke, a multivitamin can help give you a boost.
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