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Healthy Food For Healthy Skin

June 2, 2012

You may have your daily skin care routine down with your potions and lotions, but for a healthy glow, beauty starts from the inside out.

Summer sun, tanning beds and fake tanners are no comparison to a diet full of fruits and vegetables.  According to research conducted by Dr. David Perrett, those who ate a diet rich in carotenoids saw a noticeable enhancement in skin color, which was perceived as healthier than those who just got a tan affecting melanin pigmentation.

The picture below, from UK Campus demonstrates the visual differences between tan skin (on the left), pale skin, and carotenoid rich skin on the right.  Which one do you think looks healthiest?

Skin Color Variation Photo


Nutrients For Skin 

To enhance red and yellow tones in the skin eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables.  Dr. Ross Whitehead’s research determined that the two main carotenoids that produced a healthy glow were beta-carotene and lycopene.  “Our study suggests that an increase in fruit and veggie consumption of around three portions, sustained over a six-week period, is sufficient to convey perceptible improvements in the apparent healthiness and attractiveness of facial skin.”

So what qualifies as a portion?  To avoid confusion and keep meal planning simple, current FDA Guidelines recommend filling half your plate with fruits and vegetables at every meal.

Top Foods For Skin

Vibrant Vegetables

Pic by robertz65 via sxc.hu

While we associate beta-carotene with carrots and lycopene with tomatoes, there is a rainbow of options for enhancing your carotenoids.

For beta-carotene rich fruits and vegetables choose bright oranges and reds.  Think carrots, yams, cantaloupe, peaches, apricots, peppers and pumpkin.  Or go dark with dark leafy greens like kale, spinach and chard.  Beta-carotene is a fat-soluble antioxidant, so include nuts, seeds or a splash of olive-oil with your meal.

Increase lycopene in your diet by reaching for tomatoes, watermelon, grapefruit, hot peppers, parsley, basil, guava and asparagus.

Be sure and include your daily dose of Sibu Revitalize and Renew Liquid Supplement.   Sea buckthorn berries are full of beta-carotene and lycopene.

Vibrant fruits and veggies give us vibrant skin.  Stock up on your favorite beta-carotene and lycopene rich treats and munch your way to radiance.  Bon Appetit!

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One Response to Healthy Food For Healthy Skin

  1. Real Noni on June 19, 2012 at 4:57 am

    This was a good read, thanks for the post ! :)