10 Foods for Healthy Skin

Green Tea

Does your skin take its sweet time to spring back when you press it? Green tea's antioxidants may restore bounce. Women who drank a green tea extract daily saw 4 percent more elasticity, The Journal of Nutrition finds.

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Dark under-eye circles can make you look like the Crypt Keeper—not cute. But the vitamin C in oranges banishes bags. It strengthens collagen, the skin's supportive structure, to lift sunken areas that create shadows.

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It's packed with omega-3 fatty acids, a healthy fat that hydrates dry patches, Sandquist says. Omega-3s may also help increase the production of collagen and elastin, two essentials for soft, no-flake skin.

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Sunflower Oil

Even well-hydrated skin can look cracked without the oil's linoleic acid, a fatty acid that helps create a soft out layer of cells. Saut? or bake with it for a baby-smooth complexion.

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Whole-Wheat Bread

A rosy blush is pretty; blotchy red splotches, not so much. Niacin in whole grains reduces redness from acne, rosacea and more by inhibiting inflammatory agents, says Jody Levine, M.D., head of dermatology at Plastic Surgery & Dermatology of New York City.

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Lee Walker Helland

SELF gives you great advice on being healthy, happy, slimmer, fitter and less stressed.
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