As the cold weather continues to move out and the warm weather makes its way in, it's finally time to get your skin back into recovery mode. And what better way to do that than to utilize some of delicious nutritional healing?
Here are nine different power foods - including chocolate! - that are bound to get your skin glowing by the start of your summer.
Tomatoes are packed with lycopene, an antioxidant and phytochemical that can guard your skin against free radicals that induce aging. Studies have also shown that they add a little extra protection against harmful UV rays!
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2. Flax Seeds
Flax seeds pack a serious punch when it comes to Omega-3 fatty acids, which work to hydrate the skin and delay the onset of wrinkles. It also works as a great anti-inflammatory for psoriasis, eczema, and other forms of dermatitis.
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3. Dark Chocolate
Chocolate is pretty much everyone's favorite antioxidant, and with good reason! Not only does it make for a decadent dessert, but it's packed with flavonoids, which can effectively fight off wrinkles and other signs of aging.
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4. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are a terrific source of Vitamin C, which is perhaps one of the best anti-aging nutrients out there. Vitamin C has been proven to reduce wrinkles by actually boosting the amount of collagen in the skin.
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Homemade Sweet Potato Facial Mask
(from Crunchy Betty)
1/2 peeled, boiled sweet potato, cut into chunks
1 Tbsp honey (agave can sub for vegans)
1 tsp ginger powder
1 Tbsp milk, cream, half & half, rice milk, coconut milk, or almond milk (unsweetened)
Boil your sweet potato until it falls apart easily when you stick a fork in it (about 15 - 20 minutes). Strain out the water. Place all ingredients into a food processor or blender, and let it run until the mask is very smooth. Slather the mask onto a freshly washed face. Leave the mask on for 15 - 20 minutes. Rinse well, scrubbing lightly with a washcloth.
According to recent studies, consuming spinach - as well as other dark, leafy greens - can reduce your risk of developing potentially cancerous skin tumors by more than 40 percent. Sounds like the perfect start to a picnic salad on a sunny summer day!
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6. Citrus Fruits
Citrus fruits pack a powerful punch of vitamin and nutrients that help keep your skin smooth and silky. Under their thick skin, oranges, grapefruits, lemons, and limes present a plethora of flavonoids and a huge helping of vitamin C, which will help keep the wrinkles at bay.
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DIY Citrus Facial Refresher
7. Safflower Oil
Safflower oil helps to protect and moisturize skin when applied topically. But, besides external use, incorporating it in your cooking also promotes dermatological health, and may be useful in treating skin conditions such as eczema, acne, and psoriasis.
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Massage a dime-sized amount of safflower oil into your hair for a one-ingredient spa treatment that will add brilliant shine to dull hair and hydrate a dry scalp.
Walnuts are another superfood laden with omega-3 fatty acids. They will also help you feel as young as you look - boosting your heart health by lowering your cholesterol and keeping your arteries clear!
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Carrots' high levels of beta-carotene will provide you with Vitamin A and antioxidants that are crucial for healthy skin. According to the National Institutes of Health, beta-carotene has also been shown to protect people with sensitive skin from sunburns!