Feed Your Face: 4 Essential Foods For Beautiful Skin

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By Ann Lindemann, Senior Health Writer

There is a multi-billion industry dedicated to cosmetic beauty, but did you know that you can enhance your beauty from the inside out? That’s right, scientific research now proves that certain foods can boost beauty naturally. Here are four tasty, skin saving suggestions.

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  1. Get Glowing With Chocolate – How can you not love this beauty tip? Experts say cocoa hydrates skin, making it firmer and suppler. What’s more, dark chocolate contains high levels of flavonols, a potent type of antioxidant. To max out your flavonol content, eat chocolate that’s at least 70 percent cacao. A couple squares a day should be enough to get your skin glowing.
  2. Pomegranate Power – This tasty wonder fruit is packed with polyphenol antioxidants. Why should we love polyphenols? Well, they not only fight free radicals, but they also regulate skin’s blood flow, giving it rosiness. Enjoy one pomegranate or a couple of glasses of juice daily to enjoy these skin beautifying benefits.
  3. Walnut Wonders – Omega-3 essential fatty acids have been shown to improve skin’s elasticity. But what if you aren’t a fan of fish? Walnuts to the rescue! These nuts are a rich source of Omega-3s, which help to make skin smoother and younger looking. They are also loaded with copper, a mineral that boosts collagen production.
  4. Sip Your Way to Lovely Skin – Thanks to its impressive storehouse of polyphenols, green tea should be at the top of your favorite beverage list. In fact, one of the antioxidants (EGCG) has been proved to reduce redness and fight inflammation.