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Chef Nina's Weekly Health Tip: Eat Your Skincare!

Just because you haven’t been able to get to your skin care specialist, doesn’t mean your skin has to suffer. Topical products can do so much but the foods we eat can have a lasting effect on the glow, hydration and smoothness of your skin. We really are what we digest.

Following are a few foods that boost your skin from the inside out.

1. Cucumbers- Consider this veggie a tall drink of water, with a satisfying crunch. Hydration is an essential part of maintaining beautiful skin, and cukes happen to be made up of about 96% water-more than most solid foods, including watermelon. Cucumbers also contain silica, a nutrient that aids your body in producing hyaluronic acid. This compound helps cells retain moisture, so your skin appears plump and hydrated.

2. Cherries- These nutrient bombs score high marks in the beauty category-that is for their ability to make you look and feel more beautiful. Cherries have read and purple pigments called anthocyanins, a type of antioxidant linked to protecting cells from damage and enhancing circulation. Proper blood flow helps fortify cells against pollutants that can decrease elasticity over time. Cherries also contain other flavonoids, such as quercetin, which may have protective benefits against UV radiation, make sure you still apply your topical sun protection when going outdoors.

3. Dried Apricots- Mother Nature’s ‘candy’ helps to brighten the skin. When our metabolism slows down, due to many things, so does the skin’s natural exfoliation process. This can cause dead skin cells to accumulate, and the result is a dull-looking complexion. To brighten things up, enjoy a half cup of these sweet bites, does a sweet tooth good also. You’ll get a healthy does of vitamin A, which will play an important roll in promoting the production of healthy new skin cells.

4. Walnuts- Walnuts are packed with alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an omega-3 fatty acid that’s a must-have for supple skin and hair. Essential fatty acids limit the loss of water and nutrients from the skin cells and may prevent inflammation (in the form of red, scaly skin) that can be brought on by dry temperatures. A ¼ cup serving delivers more that twice your minimum recommended daily intake of ALA.

So, here’s to eating your skin care and looking and feeling great!

P.S. Chef Nina is a licensed holistic skin care specialist.

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