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4 Foods for healthy skin

A healthy, balanced diet isn't just good for your body, it's also great for your skin. Foods rich in antioxidants, vitamins and proteins nourish and fortify skin, so it looks fresh and feels smooth. Here are four foods that should be in your diet to maintain healthy skin.

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1Salmon

Salmon is rich in protein — the building block of healthy skin, hair and nails. Fish, lean meat, soybeans and cheese are all high protein foods. Salmon also contains omega-3 fatty acids, which keep your skin supple and soft. Salmon, mackerel and tuna, as well as flaxseed, almonds and other nuts are packed with omega-3.

Learn more about the health benefits of omega-3 >>

2Berries

Blueberries, acai berries, goji berries and many other fruits are rich in antioxidants such as vitamin A, C and E. Antioxidants protect your skin at the cellular level. And the great thing about berries is that they are not only yummy but also low calorie too!

Check out these delicious blueberry recipes >>

3Almonds

Foods rich in vitamin E promote healthy, glowing skin, reducing flakes and dry patches. Almonds (as well as hazelnuts, sunflower oil and other oils) are vitamin E rich. And as previously mentioned, almonds are a good souce of omega-3 as well. Have a small handful of almonds as an afternoon snack instead of cookies or chips.

Find out more about the power of vitamin E >>

4Spinach

Spinach is a good source of vitamin A (which doesn't allow your skin to get dried out), as well as vitamin K. Vitamin K can help repair bruises and reduce dark circles under the eyes. Have a spinach salad topped with a sliced hard-boiled egg and a light dressing for lunch!

Also try this citrus spinach salad recipe >>

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