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It’s that time of year when many of us become more conscientious about protecting our skin from sun damage.  To make sure your sunscreen is safe and effective you can check it out at www.cosmeticdatabase.comSkin care is not just about lotions and creams it includes the foods we eat.  The following are five that contribute to and enhance skin health.

1.    Essential fatty acids as found in oily fish, nuts and seeds.  These are said to reduce inflammation and protect DNA from damage.  In addition, some studies indicate they may lessen the severity of eczema and rosacea.

2.    Blueberries being high in antioxidants target free radicals which cause premature aging and disease thereby preventing skin cell damage.  ‘They are an excellent source of riboflavin, fiber, vitamins C and E, and are memory enhancers.

3.    Citrus fruits are a very good source of vitamin C which supports collagen in the skin keeping it firmer and younger looking.

4.    Green tea is extremely beneficial.  Because it is rich in antioxidants it helps reduce UV damage and is high in polyphenols which are potent free radical fighters.  EGCG, its most abundant polyphenol, is thought to reactivate dying skin cells.  It is also high in vitamins C, D, K and riboflavin, zinc, calcium, magnesium and iron.  Steep for no more that 2 1/2 to 3 minutes as burning may give the tea a bitter taste. 

5.    Pure filtered water keeps the body including skin cells hydrated, it moves out toxins, and helps keep skin clean and clear.

Consider organics.  The more organic food you eat the fewer toxins your body will absorb.  It is the liver’s job to deal with these poisons; once it is overloaded free radicals begin to form which trigger the dreaded signs of aging and can cause health problems.  Healthy eating is good for the whole, body inside and out.

 

Debbie Jones-Steele

Question of the Day: What steps are you taking to improve your skin’s health?

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