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7 Foods For Great Skin

The skin is the largest organ of the body and its condition is a huge factor in one’s overall wellbeing especially when it comes to beauty and wellness. Many beauty products have been developed over the years, often with promises of better and younger-looking skin.

Although some of these products deliver on their promises as attested to by their users, simple good nutrition goes a long way in ensuring glowing and supple skin. Some of these foods are good for the skin when eaten and there are some that work best when applied directly on the skin. Below are some of these foods that help promote healthier bodies and great skin.

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Avocado. This fruit is one power food. Aside from the good fats that you can get when eating it, avocados are great for preventing dry skin, nails, and hair. The good oils in this fruit functions as an emollient allowing the vitamin E in the fruit to be absorbed by the skin. It is not surprising that many moisturising beauty products include avocadoes in their ingredients. Eating the fruit will be good for your health; you can also use the fruit to create your own moisturising mask.

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Tomatoes. Tomatoes have long been known for being a great source of lycopene which is a known antioxidant. These juicy fruits help slow down cellular damage from free radicals which translates to younger-looking skin.

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Pomegranate. This fruit is a delicious treat by itself and does wonders for the skin as well. If tomatoes are rich in the antioxidant lycopene, pomegranates are packed with polyphenol antioxidants. Aside from fighting free radicals, polyphenols improve the blood flow to the skin so that it gets that aspired-for rosiness.

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Sunflower seeds. The seeds from sunflowers are rich in vitamin E and eating some of these seeds daily will help keep your skin supple and protected from the sun. The skin-healthy benefits you can get from sunflower seeds are the reason why sunflower oil is a common ingredient in many skin care products.

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Edamame. For clearer complexion, regularly having some edamame as snack or in your dishes will help. The minerals and proteins in edamame are known to reduce hyperpigmentation.

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Walnuts. With omega-3 fatty acids, eating walnuts is a great alternative for those who do not eat fish. These nuts can also help improve skin elasticity because it contains the collagen-production boosting mineral copper, making your skin look smoother and younger looking.

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Beans. Zinc has known healing properties, making them great for skin repair. Kidney beans are high in zinc and a regular four-ounce serving of these beans can help hasten the repair and regeneration of skin cells and collagen.

So for your next meal, go ahead and have a healthy serving of beans or edamame as your side dish. In between your meals, you might also want to snack on some walnuts or sunflower seeds. Whether your goal is to have great skin or simple good nutrition habits, these 7 foods are essential add-ons to a healthy diet.