What it is: a powerful antioxidant
What it does: produces kerain (strengthens skin cells, maximizing protective role) and proteins that regenerate cells
I need more if: your skin is drier and flakier than normal
Where to get it: juices with Beta-carotene (good eyesight is a bonus), orange fruits and veggies like carrots, peaches, pumpkin, sweet potatoes
What it is: food for collagen, which is one of the most important substances of your skin (keeps it firm and toned)
What it does: kills collagen enemies and rejuvenates collagen
I need more if: have low energy, unhealthy skin
Where to get it: kiwis, oranges, red peppers, blueberries, melon (YUM!)
Beauty Bonus: One kiwi holds the minimum recommended daily dose of vitamin C -- pop 4 or 5 in your mouth and you'll dramatically boost your skin's health
What it is: a mineral
What it does: give blood more oxygen
I need more if: my skin is pale, my eyes have dark or puffy circles under them
Where to get it: lean red meat, plenty of dark green leafy veggies
What it is: a mineral for anyone wanting to get rid of acne!
What it does: heals skin and reduces acne
I need more if: my skin is oily and acne-prone, broken out, scratched, cut, or scarred
Where to get it: shellfish, hard crumbly cheeses, nuts, seeds
Essential Fatty Acids
What it is: fatty acids =]
What it does: smooths your skin and boosts overall appearance
I need more if: I'm on a low-fat diet, have flaky, dry, or scaly skin
Where to get it: oily fish, nuts, seeds (which also contain Vitamin E, a skin boost)
What it is: essential substance for life, most important thing on earth besides oxygen
What it does: flushes out complexion, glows skin, clears face (reduces acne!), cleans your guts and makes you healthier!
I need more if: I get sick a lot, get stomaches or headaches, have trouble breathing in hot weather, my skin is dry or dull, I feel lazy or just plain icky
Aim for: 6-8 glasses a day -- but don't guzzle them at once. Drink 1 glass an hour
What you DON'T Need:
- Salty foods. These are high in iodine, which is believed to trigger acne.
- Caffeine. Every cup of coffee needs 3 cups of water to flush it through your system -- and this water is often taken from your skin. Caffeine increases stress hormones, which leads to poor health.
- Hydrogenated fats. Margarines and almost all processed food generate free radicals which eat away at your skin and leave it damaged and sick.