Feed your face
Keep nails strong and moisturized by eating lots
of protein. Protein is what builds up keratin, the substance nails are
made up of. Skinless, boneless chicken breast, lean turkey, tuna and
beans are all good (and tasty) sources.
Collagen-building vitamin C is a real
wrinkle-buster! So kiwis are a perfect summer food if you want to avoid
pesky lines, 'cuz one small kiwi contains more than 100 percent of the
recommended daily intake of the vitamin. Vitamin C offers up tons of
health benefits, including helping your body to build collagen. When
you have more collagen, your skin retains more elasticity, and wrinkles
are slower to form. Other great sources of the vitamin are oranges,
mango, honeydew and papaya.
Almonds have amazing anti-aging properties. Not
only do they contain a lot of vitamin E (you know, the vitamin that's
often listed as an ingredient in anti-wrinkle creams), but they also
contains high amounts of fatty acids (which help keep skin plump and
supple), as well as the antioxidant selenium. Just be sure not to eat
too many of these crunchy beasts. They have great beautifying
properties, but they also contain a whole lot of calories. A handful is
Move over, Clearasil. It seems that zinc and calcium
might be challenging your position as best pimple annihilators. In one
Swedish study, acne-prone patients who added a zinc supplement to their
diets had an 85 percent reduction of acne in just three months. Some
great sources of pimple-pummeling zinc are oysters, turkey, seafood,
eggs, and milk. As you know, calcium is good for bones. But it's also
great for clearing skin. Calcium-rich foods like skim milk, low-fat
cheese and yogurt can help keep your skin pimple-free. No zits equals
Fix Dry Skin
Faced with dry, flaky skin? Have fish for
dinner! Fish (especially oily fish like salmon) contains omega-3 fatty
acids, which are great for hydrating and nourishing skin.
Foods rich in vitamin B are fantastic for making
dull hair shinier. You can get a lot of 'The B' (our affectionate
nickname for this vitamin) from eggs, milk, green veggies, and poultry.
Silica is also very important for keeping hair elastic, shiny and
healthy. Raw oats, cucumber skin, onions and bean sprouts are all major
sources of this mineral.
Spent a little too much time in the summer
sun? Just reach for some peaches or blueberries. Turns out these sweet,
seasonal treats contain tons of vitamin E. E (the vitamin, not the TV
network) is known for easing the redness and swelling associated with
sunburns. And by preventing swelling, it also prevents stretching of
the skin that can lead to wrinkle formation. Peachy keen!
Prevent Skin Cancer
Tomatoes completely rock. They contain
three skin-cancer-fighting antioxidants: beta carotene, vitamin C and
lycopene. Tomato it up with stewed tomatoes, fresh tomatoes and tomato
sauce! And if you want to maximize your body's absorption of lycopene,
cook your tomatoes in a small amount of olive oil. You don't have to
ask twice. Yum!
Good-Bye Dark, Puffy Eyes
No one wants puffy under-eyes. If
you've got 'em, up your intake of vitamin C and iron. And iron plus
vitamin C together equals a great way to attack dark under-eye circles.
Try pairing up sliced, boneless, skinless chicken breasts (high in
iron) with some of those sliced red, yellow or orange peppers. Saute
them together, with some onions and garlic, in a nonstick pan spritzed
with nonfat cooking spray. The result? A delicious, low-cal, under-eye,
Get the Glow
Want that J. Lo glow? To get skin looking fresh,
dewy, refreshed and healthy, guzzle down lots of H2O. It may sound
cliche, but it's definitely true. Water flushes out toxins, and keeps
you hydrated, so it really does keep skin looking rosy and supple.
We all know that sodas, coffee, tea and sugary
foods can stain and discolor teeth. But did you know that certain foods
can actually help whiten those suckers up? Crunchy foods like apples
and celery help clear stain-causing substances off tooth enamel.