Fine Lines

Volume 1, Issue 4

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14 ASCP Fine Lines What we eat has a direct effect on our skin, and eating a healthy diet full of good fats, antioxidants, and vitamin C can mean the difference between a glowing complexion and a tired one. Here are five superfoods packed with nutrients that directly benefit your skin. AVOCADOS Avocados are high in poly- and monounsaturated fatty acids, which help regenerate damaged skin cells and reduce redness. Their omega-9s add moisture to the epidermis, giving you a noticeably hydrated-looking complexion. Avocados also contain carotenoids, an antioxidant that helps your skin maintain water content and elasticity. For a healthy-skin swap, enjoy avocados almost anywhere you'd enjoy butter or cheese: on toast, on salads, in quesadillas, in chocolate mousse, and as a chili topping. FATTY FISH Oily fish—like salmon, sardines, and tuna—are packed full of omega-3 good- for-you fat that also does wonders for your skin. These polyunsaturated fatty acids protect the skin from sun exposure, repair damaged skin, and keep skin cells hydrated, allowing your complexion to look supple and soft. Not a fan of fish? No problem; consider adding in an omega-3 supplement instead. LEMONS Lemons, and all citrus fruits, are packed with vitamin C, which can neutralize free radicals and help make collagen and elastin. Although lemons taste acidic, once ingested, lemons help alkalize the blood and balance our bodies' pH level. For the average person, the body is too acidic, thanks to a diet heavy in alcohol, sugar, coffee, and processed foods. When pH levels aren't balanced, skin can become sensitive and dry. Add a squeeze of lemon juice to water, salad dressings, and to brighten the flavor of most dishes. POMEGRANATE SEEDS AND JUICE Antioxidants are one of the most important factors in maintaining beautiful skin, and eating pomegranate seeds (or drinking their juice) is a yummy way to get them. Antioxidants help neutralize free radicals that contribute to aging skin by damaging collagen, causing dry skin and wrinkles. Pour some 100 percent pomegranate juice into your morning smoothie or toss pomegranate seeds on salads and yogurt. TURMERIC Turmeric is great for skin due to its potent anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation in the body can lead to puffy skin in the short term and wrinkles and aged skin in the long term. Adding a daily dose of turmeric (either fresh or dried) can help relieve inflammation, keeping skin looking fresher and younger. Swap out your morning coffee for a turmeric-infused golden latte as a daily dose of this superfood. ▪ Super Skin 5 superfoods that can revive your complexion by Alex Caspero

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