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The New Skincare Diet: Vitamin-Rich Skin Care Foods

Saturday, July 9th, 2011

The New Skincare Diet: Vitamin-Rich Skin Care Foods

Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) January 22, 2008

For anyone who assumes that all diets have to be about denial and portion control, a skincare diet may seem surprising.’s latest article, “Diet for a New Skin,” explains that far from restrictive, a proper skincare diet can be easy and delicious.

The smart first step to any new diet is identifying the habits of one’s current routine that are not healthy, and the same is true of a skincare diet. This includes over-consumption of coffee, diet soda, and processed foods, or not eating enough fresh fruits and vegetables. Believe it or not, a diet consisting mainly of processed foods is as bad for the skin as it is for the health. In order for the skin to function optimally, it is important to consume foods rich in vitamins, minerals and botanical ingredients.

Vitamin A, a potent free-radical scavenger, helps the skin heal from wounds, and in the manufacture of new skin tissue. In addition, Vitamin A helps the skin fight blemishes and breakouts, and has been shown to slow the aging process. Necessary for the formation of bones and teeth, Vitamin A is an extremely important part of any skincare diet and can be found in: green and yellow fruits and vegetables, squash, beets, peaches, pumpkin, red peppers, spinach, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, asparagus and apricots. Deficiencies in Vitamin A can lead to dry skin or hair, acne, night blindness and possibly even respiratory infections.

The next vitamin, Vitamin C (ascorbic acid), is probably one of the most well known vitamins, universally acknowledged as critical to good health and well being. Involved in at least 300 metabolic functions, Vitamin C is a potent anti-oxidant, helps repair and grow tissue, protects against the harmful effects of pollution, boosts the immune system, assists in healing wounds and burns, and may even help to lower blood pressure and LDL (or bad) cholesterol. However, the body cannot produce Vitamin C, making supplementation of this substance through the diet necessary. Luckily, there are dozens of tasty foods that contain Vitamin C, including the most obvious: citrus fruit. Vitamin C may also be found in: broccoli, strawberries, tomatoes, asparagus, pineapple, radishes, avocado, beets, berries, green vegetables, spinach and freshly squeezed orange juice.

CoEnzymeQ10 is a vitamin-like substance sometimes called ubiquinone because it is present in every cell of the body. Reputed to be more potent than Vitamin E, CoQ10 is an extremely powerful scavenger of free-radicals, and is necessary for the production of energy in all cells-skin included. CoQ10 also assists circulation, increases tissue oxygenation and has promising anti-aging effects. Because production of this substance slows down with age, supplementation is suggested by eating peanuts, spinach, beef and especially oily fish such as salmon, which has the highest natural amounts of CoQ10.

The second most abundant element on the earth, Silicon is needed for the formation of collagen and connective tissue, calcium absorption and the healthy growth of hair, skin and nails. In addition, Silicon slows down the again process in tissue and can stimulate the immune system. Ensure any skincare diet has enough silicon by consuming bell peppers, soy beans, oats (rolled and whole), whole grains, brown rice and leafy green vegetables

Zinc helps prevent acne and regulate oil production in the skin, as well as promotes collagen production and the healing of wounds. In addition, zinc is an anti-oxidant, and may help reduce the duration of seasonal colds and flu. Found in poultry, whole grains, sunflower seeds, pecans, lamb, egg yolks, fish, seafood, mushrooms, oysters, lima beans and pumpkin seeds, zinc will not be a difficult mineral to incorporate into a diet.

Finally, one of the most essential elements to the body is also essential to any skincare diet as well-EFA’s, or essential fatty acids. All cells need essential fatty acids; they assist with cell rejuvenation and formation, reduce blood pressure, improve the texture of hair and skin, minimize the risk of blood clots, lower cholesterol and are beneficial in the treatment of the skin diseases eczema and psoriasis. Omega 3’s are mainly found in fresh deepwater fish and fish oils, as well as canola, walnut and flaxseed oil and are extremely beneficial to the heart. Omega 6’s are found in unsaturated vegetable oils: grapeseed, borage, primrose, and sesame, as well as raw nuts, legumes and seeds and are very beneficial in treating skin disorders of all kinds including: acne, blemishes, dryness, blotchiness and sensitivity. covers all skincare and beauty topics from head to toe. Check out these latest articles:

Skin Therapy

So much goes into the care and feeding of great skin, but in our haste to get the newest cream, or check out the latest wrinkle serum, we forget some of the whole-body skincare techniques we can call on to keep our skin clear, glowing and healthy. And while the health benefits of exercise is not new information, the beneficial impact exercise has on skin is a side-effect that often gets overlooked.

Out-Smart the Skin Mark: Bruising

There’s no doubt about it: bruising isn’t pretty. Bruises can be caused by a variety of reasons: trauma to the skin, certain medications or even some diseases can cause bruises as a side-effect. And sometimes no matter how careful a person is, a bruise will still leave its stamp on their skin. But take heart–although it may not be possible to completely stop these purply marks from appearing, there are some preventative skincare methods anyone can use to help make bruises very infrequent visitors!

Dry Skin is Never In

With winter weather on its way in, cooling temperatures and dry air are sure to become a skincare concern for most all skin types, causing all sorts of reactions from dry scalp to chapped lips. Don’t wait for the inevitable cracked skin and dry lips, instead, this winter shield the skin from the drying effects of bitter cold air with fashion and–skincare!

Exfoliation, Extractions and Excoriation

If the words, “exfoliation,” “extractions,” and “excoriation” sound painful, don’t feel alone. To the average person, these words sound like a world of hurt. In the beauty industry, these words are important to know, especially before having a professional treatment whether it is waxing, a makeover, or microdermabrasion. So, let’s delve into the beauty jargon.

A Wake-Me-Up for Your Skin

There’s nothing like the latest skin care product to motivate one to run to the store and stock up in hopes of attaining revolutionary results. Such is the case with caffeine, an ingredient that has made its début in the last few years. Though it has experienced quite a wishy-washy past – with studies showing benefits and other research castigating caffeine for its harmful consequences – caffeine is now commonly included in a range of beauty products. So, do skin care products that contain caffeine really work, or is it all decaf baloney?

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