Secrets to a Beautiful Complexion

October 24, 2007 by CHAN LEE PENG  
Published in Skin

Dull, lackluster, acne, dry skin and wrinkle lines getting you down? Don’t worry! You can always eat your way to a beauty and radiant skin.

Foods are a major source for a beautiful and radiant complexion as your skin requires essential nutrients to maintain its healthiness. Beauty skin looks more attractive, energetic, firm, younger, and gentle than an old, dry and dull skin.

To maintain healthy and good skin, we should eat foods rich in Lycopene which is a very powerful antioxidant to fight against aging skin. The recent researches had shown that the ability of Lycopene to quench free radical is twice of beta-carotene and ten times greater than vitamin E. Also, this powerful red Lycopene plays a vital role in safeguarding the skin against damaging UV rays due to prolonged exposure to sunlight.

Your diet should aim for 20 to 30 mg of Lycopene daily which will benefit your body within 2 to 3 weeks. Lycopene is found abundantly in tomatoes, grapefruit, watermelon and guava. Additionally, Lycopene is also found high in processed tomato products such as unsalted tomato puree.

Besides Lycopene, vitamin A, C and E are foods for radiant skin. Dry, flaky skin is a result of deficiency of the daily intake of vitamin A. A lack of vitamin A may also give rise to other skin disorders like eczema and dermatitis. It is better to obtain vitamin A from plant sources instead of animal sources to minimize the risk of vitamin A toxicity.

Vitamin C is also regarded as the essential powerful antioxidant as it forms a firm and healthy collagen. This collagen is a material that keeps our skin firm and wrinkle-free. Bell peppers, broccoli, cauliflower and leafy green organic vegetables are major sources of vitamin C.

Medical and skin care studies have proven that the diet rich in vitamin E is essential to minimize skin damage due to UV rays. Vitamin E is found in nuts, vegetable oils, olive oils, spinach and asparagus. For healthy and safety purpose, the intake of vitamin E should stay with 400 international units or less per day. The large doses of vitamin E can be toxicity and harmful to our health.

Essential fatty acids such as Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids are vital for the formation of healthy cell membranes. Omega-3 fatty acids also found to be helpful in preventing the skin damage due to UV rays. We must remember to include these fatty acids in our daily diet as our body is unable to produce them. Omega-3 fatty acids can be destroyed by heat and oxidation and it can be found in certain foods originated from plants. Omega-6 fatty acids are mostly found present in a variety of foods such as flaxseed, walnuts and pumpkin seeds.

In short, be sure to consume foods rich in Lycopene, ACE vitamins, Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids for beauty, healthy and radiant skin.

Now, you can gain more health knowledge by visiting my health blog entitled HealthAssist. More upcoming updates and latest health information are right on the way!

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3 Responses to “Secrets to a Beautiful Complexion”
  1. lawgirl Says:

    Informative.

  2. quiet voice Says:

    …Hi, thanks for this very
    interesting and helpful advice.

  3. Emmz Says:

    Reaow


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