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RELEASE DATE: 08/28/2011

You are what you eat, right?

Stay glowing and gorgeous by putting more of these foods on your plate.

While a fresh blowout and a hint of blush can help you look your best, some of the most potent beauty weapons are found in the supermarket.  Your food picks have an enormous effect on your appearance.  In just 28 days- the lifecycle of your skin- a nutritious diet can impart a glow that no cream can accomplish alone.  Boost your good looks by adding more of these items to cart.

Blueberries and Pomegrantes
Both of these fruits are bursting with antioxidants called anthocyanins, which help protect you from fine lines and dryness by neutralizing the free radicals that weather your skin.  Plus their high Vitamin C content enhances the production of collagen, which keeps your skin nice and plump.  (And weighing in at less than 100 calories a cup, they have the opposite effect on your waistline)

Dark Chocolate
Teenage breakouts used to be blamed, at least in part, on wolfing down too many candy bars.  But chocolate has never been proven to cause blemishes.  In fact, the sweet stuff contains high levels of flavonoids, potent antioxidants that can help protect your skin from sun damage and amp up blood flow to your tissues, keeping skin nourished and glowing.  Look for chocolate that's at least 70% cacoa (it has more antioxidants), and use restraint.  If you've been known to take down a giant candy bar in one sitting, buy individually wrapped nuggets instead and stick to one or two a day.

Popeye may eat those leafy greens to build big muscles, but the benefits go far beyond bulging biceps.  Spinach is another powerhouse of vital nutrients and antioxidants that help fight inflammation and free-radical damage-- precursors to fine lines and wrinkles.  It's also loaded with a kind of antioxidant lutien, with helps eyes stay healthy and bright. Most important, spinach is an all-star source of Vitamin A, which helps speed up skin cell turnover and keeps skin supple.  All this and it's nearly calorie free!

You don't have to gnaw more nuts than a squirrel to enjoy their many perks- smoother skin, healthier hair, brighter eyes, and stronger bones.  Eating just one ounce of walnuts by themselves or in your salad, pasta, or dessert will supply you with your daily dose of nutrients (namely omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E) that are responsible for these radiant results. Other top nuts include hazelnuts, pistachios, and almonds.

Eating one cup of plain low-fat yogurt knocks off nearly half of your RDI of calcuim with about 450 milligrams of the nutrient- and calcium is key for strong nails and teeth.  Plus eight ounces is packed with two grams of zinc, which helps calm skin inflammation, treat rosacea, and prompt regeneration of cells.

A new adage should be "A tomato a day keeps the dermatologist away." Whether this red fruit is sliced, diced, stewed, or simmered, it helps protect skin against damage from the sun and other environmental factors thanks to its key ingredient, the antioxidant lycopene.  Lycopene is actually highest in cooked tomatoes- yet another reason to opt for a red sauce over a cream-based one. 

Inside that plain brown wrapper is a green gift of Vitamin C, which can help stimulate collagen synthesis, repair damage to skin-cell DNA, and keep blood vessels and hair follicles strong.  A single kiwi has nearly all the vitamin C you need in a day but only 42 calories.  Add some slices to your breakfast, toss pieces into a smoothie, or dice it and serve atop fro-yo.

Green Tea
Warm up to this soothing brew's antioxidants, called catechins, which can help prevent certain skin cancers and starve off sunburns.  The variety of tea with the highest concentration of cetechins is call matcha. For all the pretty perks, drink two cups a day.  If you aren't into tea, try sprinkling green matcha powder into a yogurt parfait or homemade smoothie.  And if you're trying to cut down on caffeine, worry not.  With just 26 milligrams of caffeine per six-ounce cup, green tea has about half as much as a cup of black tea. 

Let's face it- a girl can eat only so much spinach and fruit.  Fortunately this Fall's harvest of beauty products is packed with foodie ingredients.  While eating your nutrients always trumps slathering them onto your skin, certain beauty products contain powerful compounds that, when isolated and targeted, are great supplements to a healthy diet.  If you need help finding the correct regime for you, our knowledgable Beauty Advisors and Estheticians are here to help! Stop in the boutique today!

Article provided by womanhealthmagazine

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Posted On: 08/28/2011
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