The Natural Way to Inner Beauty

By David Morris

Have you considered that we can actually keep our skin looking and feeling great, no matter what your age, just by taking care of what we eat.

To add a really healthy, warm glow to your skin, you first need to look at vitamin A, as vitamin A plays an important roll in helping your skin cells to grow and mature properly, according to Dr Joshua Zeichner MD, who's the director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research at the dermatology department at Mount Sinai Medical Centre, New York. Foods rich in vitamin A are carrots, spirunlina and goji berries.

If you're looking to turn back the clock on wrinkles, then the first port of call is omega 3oils. Omega 3 oils are really important for the health of your skin. Firstly they strengthen the membranes of your skin cells, and this protects your cells from absorbing damaging toxins. Secondly, it keeps the moisture from getting out and this helps your skin from becoming too dry. Foods containing omega 3 oils include spirulina, barley grass and chia seeds

Now, your body also produces something really wonderful to keep your skin wrinkle free and smooth, it's called elastin. And elastin is actually a protein which makes the skin flexible and tight. In order to produce enough elastin, your body needs a good supply of mineral called selenium, and goji berries are a great source of selenium. It's no wonder that so many celebrities are fans of goji berries, including Miranda Kerr, Helena Bonham Carter, Liz Hurley and Madonna.

Goji Berries also contain something else that helps your skin: vitamin C, (Goji has 50 times the vitamin C of oranges) and vitamin C supports the growth of collagen in the skin. Collagen is a protein which actually smoothes out wrinkles... giving your face a more youthful and fuller appearance, and there's research to prove it too. A study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported that volunteers who consumed 4 mg of vitamin C daily for 3 years were 11% less likely to have a wrinkled appearance. Other super foods packed with vitamin C include chia seeds, wheatgrass, bee pollen, and spirulina. The key to good skin, like many things, is to a large extent down to good nutrition.

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