Foodie Beauty

Beauty/Skincare, Featured Article, Healthy Living, Nutrition
on February 10, 2011
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Eating healthfully doesn’t just make you feel great–it can help you look great too. “If you nourish yourself properly, it will show,” says registered dietitian Jessica Fishman Levinson of Add these six foods to your grocery list for a beautifying bonus.

These babies are loaded with vitamin C, which has a role in the production of skin-plumping collagen. Women who ate the most vitamin C had fewer wrinkles and less dryness in a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Green tea
An antioxidant found in green tea called EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate) can help protect skin from sun damage.

Tomatoes and products made from them are packed with the powerful antioxidant lycopene. Eating lycopene-rich foods protects skin from sun damage, according to a new study from British researchers.

Brazil nuts
The antioxidant selenium in these nuts helps prevent cell damage in the body and keeps hair and nails healthy. Be careful not to overdo it–too much selenium can be harmful. Just one nut a day provides you with a healthy amount.

Peanut butter
Peanuts and peanut butter are good sources of the mineral zinc, which helps keep hair thick.

Taking a daily supplement of 2.5 mg of biotin–a B-vitamin found in eggs–helps to strengthen nails, according to a Columbia University study. If you’re in the habit of ordering egg-white omelets, though, you’re not getting any these benefits: Biotin is only found in the yolk.