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15 Foods and Nutrients to Eat for Beautiful Skin

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15 Foods and Nutrients You Can Eat for Beautiful Skin Via Aydali Campa

Older skin cells are constantly replaced by new ones. These newbies need a steady supply of nutrients to do their job. Certain foods have top-notch nutrients that keep skin smooth and supple, and fight all types of damage.

You'll want these 15 foods and nutrients for beautiful skin:

1) Water

Want moist skin? Drink water! Moist skin helps fine lines and wrinkles look less visible.

Try to drink eight glasses a day. Water in fruits, juice, vegetables and milk will count toward the eight.

2) Blueberries

Fitness Magazine reported that blueberries rank number one in antioxidant activity, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Their antioxidants protect against premature aging.

3) Antioxidants

Antioxidants are important to slow and prevent free-radical damage, wrote WebMD. Free radicals damage cells and break down collagen, leading to fine lines.

Find antioxidants in apricots, beans, beets, berries, peppers, spinach, squash and tangerines.

4) Vitamin C

Vitamin C is also a super-antioxidant. It helps heal blemishes and produce collagen which strengthens the skin’s capillaries. Good sources are black currants, blueberries, broccoli, guava, kiwis, oranges and papaya.

5) Strawberries

Strawberries have more vitamin C per serving than an orange. Research reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that people who eat vitamin C-rich foods have fewer wrinkles and less age-related dry skin than those who don’t.

6) Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are loaded with beta-carotene, another antioxidant that fights aging.

7) Vitamin E

Vitamin E protects against cell damage and promotes healthy skin cells. Vitamin E-rich foods include almonds, avocado, hazelnuts and pine nuts, as well as sunflower and corn oils.

8) Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids help skin's natural oil barrier to block acne and dryness, which leaves skin smoother and younger-looking, according to WebMD.

Read more in HER Beauty

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Grumman, Rachel. "5 Foods for Healthy Skin." Health.com. Web. 17 Mar. 2016.
http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20481238,00.html

Lewin, Jo. "Eat Your Way to Fabulous Skin." BBC Good Food. Web. 17 Mar. 2016.
http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/eat-your-way-fabulous-skin

"Foods for Healthy, Supple Skin in Pictures." WebMD. WebMD. Web. 17 Mar. 2016.
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