By now you probably know that whatever is happening on your face can probably be traced back to your habits of consuming food and drink. Yes, cleansing and moisturizing and all that topical fanfare is important.

But the problems, the ones not caused by every organism’s inescapable march towards entropy and death, are usually caused by things like sugar and alcohol. And sugary alcohol.

The good news is that there are a bunch of delicious things you can put in your body that will clear up your complexion, reduce acne, and provide a greater defense against skin cancer.

It’s no surprise that foods high in sugar are especially detrimental to your skin’s health, but some skin-friendly foods might surprise you.

1. Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate is rich in cocoa flavanols, which has been shown to help with smoother skin. Pick a 70-percent dark chocolate blend, or higher. But you shouldn’t eat too much chocolate, perhaps just a nib after dinner.

2. Olive Oil

Olive oil has both monounsaturated fat and antioxidant polyphenols to scavenge skin-compromising free radicals created by smog, smoke, and the sun.

3. Tomatoes

In particular, tomato paste and cooked tomatoes are rich in lycopene, an antioxidant that is thought to benefit the prostate. And in regards to the skin, it also helps improve efficacy of sun protection.

4. Carrots

Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, and the right amount can add to a healthy radiance on the skin.

 

5. Blueberries

Blueberries are blue since they are rich in a powerful antioxidant called anthocyanins. They are also rich in vitamins A, C, and E, and together these help to firm skin and decrease free radical damage.

6. Green Tea

Green Tea contains polyphenols and specific antioxidants called ‘catechins’. These improve skin’s elasticity and help protect against sun damage.

7. Salmon

Salmon gets its pink color from a carotenoid called astaxanthin, which has been called ‘nature’s most potent antioxidant. Astaxanthin is thousands of times more potent than Vitamins C and E, and helps boost collagen and minimize free radical damage and wrinkles from the sun.

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