Contrary to what you may have heard supple, luminous youthful skin is a delicate art. It can be daunting sifting through the thousands of skin care products on the market in an effort to find what works best for your individual needs. The truth is that while products are an integral component of any regimen; skin care starts from within!

Tomatoes are an excellent source of lycopene; a red pigment rich in antioxidants that will actually combat cellular damage from free radicals. Lycopene is a critical nutrient that nourishes the skin by helping it stay healthy and hydrated. Unlike other fruits and vegetables which are most potent in raw form cooking tomatoes actually increases the intake of lycopene. Walnuts are not only an excellent source of protein but they contain phenolic acid, tannins and flavonoids which are awesome for the skin. Walnuts also contain a unique form of vitamin E  called gamma tocopherol which is excellent for the skin and heart! Salmon is another key staple for optimal skin because it is among the best source of omega 3 fatty acids which keep the skin supple and vibrant.

Skin care is anything but one size fits all so its important to address concerns specific to you. If fine lines and wrinkles are your problem increasing your vitamin c intake with foods such as pineapple, mango and grapefruit is ideal for you. If acne is a concern then you definitely will want to drink plenty of green tea which will protect your pores from environmental irritants. If you suffer from redness and swelling dark leafy greens such as broccoli, kale and celery have powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Last but not least it is crucial to exfoliate your skin at least once monthly or you may want to consider a professional peel to clean your pores and help the skin cell rejuvenation process!

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