Healthier skin starts with these five foods.
Here's a beautiful reason to stop by the supermarket today: Certain
foods have powerhouse nutrients that keep skin supple and smooth and help fight age-related damage, says Nicholas Perricone,
M.D., a board-certified dermatologist and author of Ageless Face, Ageless Mind (Ballantine, 2006). Wondering what
to eat and what to smooth on? These skin-saving foods help both ways. (Be sure to do a skin-patch test first, and wait 24
hours to see if you have an allergic reaction.)
Strawberries اسٹرا بری
Strawberries have more anti-aging vitamin C per serving
than oranges or grapefruit. And research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that people who eat
foods rich in C have fewer wrinkles and less age-related dry skin than those who don't. It also helps fight free
radicals, which damage cells and break down collagen, leading to those dreaded fine (and not-so-fine) lines. For smoother,
better-hydrated skin, apply a natural-berry mask like the one below once or twice a week, and eat C-rich foods daily, says
Ramona Ionescu, primary aesthetician at New York City’s Cornelia Day Resort.
Sip it: Strawberry
In a food processor or blender, combine 1 cup frozen or fresh strawberries (or a mix of strawberries,
raspberries, and blueberries—they're all antioxidant stars). Stir together blended berries, 1 cup vanilla or plain yogurt,
and 1 1⁄2 tablespoons honey (a great moisturizer) in an 8-ounce glass. Enjoy smoothie, setting aside enough to coat
Smooth it on:
Apply remaining smoothie to your face over a sink
(it's a little drippy at first, but a smooth layer will stay put), and leave it on for about 8 minutes before rinsing off.
Olive oil زیتون کا تیل
The antioxidant, anti-inflammatory properties of olive oil don't just benefit you
on the inside—they soften your skin, too. "Ancient Romans massaged olive oil into their skin," Perricone says. "When
used topically, olive oil results in smoother, more radiant skin." Plus, consuming olive oil, a staple in the healthy Mediterranean
diet, provides antioxidants to disarm free radicals and reduce inflammation. "Remember, inflammation is not just linked to
disease—it's a major cause of wrinkling and sagging in the skin," Dr. Perricone explains. In addition to working olive
oil into your daily diet, apply as a lip gloss and skin soother, as needed. If you have dry skin, you'll particularly benefit
from topical application.
Smooth it on: Olive Oil Quencher
Dab a pea-size
amount of extra-virgin olive oil on lips to hydrate a parched pucker; or use it on rough patches (think elbows and heels) as
At dinner, drizzle a few tablespoons of extra-virgin olive
oil into a small bowl, and dip whole-grain bread in it to improve your skin from the inside out.
Curling up to a cup of green tea does a lot more than relax you. Green tea is filled
with inflammation-fighting antioxidants, Dr. Perricone says. What's more, research from Case Western Reserve University and
the University of Alabama at Birmingham shows that drinking green tea may reduce your risk of skin cancer. (And when you add
a generous squeeze of citrus juice—like lemon, lime, or orange—the tea's antioxidants get a boost of staying power,
so they remain in and benefit the body longer, rather than being digested quickly and having much of the goodness go down
the drain, according to Purdue University researchers.)
Press it on: Easy Green Tea Eye Treatment
Chill damp tea bags in
the fridge and put on eyes for 10 to 15 minutes. Green tea contains tannins, which act as an astringent when applied to skin
and can help reduce puffiness, Perricone notes.
Drink it: Sip at least three big mugs of green tea every day for an
antioxidant boost, says Madelyn Fernstrom, Ph.D., founding director of the Weight Management Center at the University
of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Pumpkin's orange hue is from carotenoids, wrinkle-fighting plant pigments that help
neutralize free radicals in the skin, keeping them from damaging the cells that fast-forward aging. "Pumpkin is filled with
vitamins C, E, and A, as well as powerful enzymes that help to cleanse the skin," explains dermatologist Kenneth Beer, author
of Palm Beach Perfect Skin. Plus, pumpkin has hydrating properties, Ionescu adds. Although the seeds make a great
fiber-filled snack, you get the skin-saving antioxidants from the pulp. Eat and apply the facial below once a week, Ionescu
Smooth it on: Pumpkin Pudding Facial
In a food processor or blender,
combine 2 cups canned pumpkin, 4 tablespoons low-fat vanilla yogurt, 4 tablespoons honey, and 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice.
Coat face; leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse. "It's good for hydrating and softening skin," Ionescu says.
Eat it: Make a sweeter pudding by adding these ingredients to the
recipe above: 2 tablespoons reduced-fat cream cheese and 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract.
"Pomegranates are one of the most antioxidant-rich fruits," says Fernstrom. Research
shows this fruit's juice has more inflammation-fighting antioxidants than red wine or green tea.
Eat some fresh pomegranate or, use it in the age-fighting scrub recipe below; apply
once or twice a week to remove dead skin cells, suggests Cleo Londono, aesthetician and owner of Metamorphosis Day
Spa in New York City.
Scrub it on: Pomegranate Exfoliating Scrub
Cut off pomegranate
crown, and score rind in sections, without cutting all the way through. Place in a bowl of water for 5–10 minutes. Break
rind away from seeds, which will sink; strain seeds. In a food processor, combine 2 tablespoons seeds and 1 cup uncooked oatmeal.
Transfer to bowl; stir in 2 tablespoons honey (an antiseptic) and 2 tablespoons buttermilk. Apply to face for a few minutes,
then rinse. For rough patches (like elbows), add 3⁄4 cup turbinado sugar.
Eat it: Enjoy remaining pomegranate seeds au naturel or with your