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What You Eat Can Have a Tremendous Impact on Your Skin

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You are what you eat, even when it comes to your skin. NY1's Jill Urban filed the following report on "face-friendly" foods.

Those of us looking for flawless skin are often slathering on every lotion and potion we can find, but beauty and wellness expert Eva Scrivo says no matter how much hope we find a jar, the best way to care for our skin is from within.

"The skin is the largest organ of absorption and elimination, so whatever goes into your body eventually comes out through toxins," Scrivo says. "Food plays a large part of how we look and how we feel about ourselves."

NY1 caught up with her at her salon, where she served up a taste of face-friendly foods. First, antioxidants are key to healthy skin because they help the body battle oxidative stress and protect cells from damage.

"They can be found in citrus foods like lemons and also in other berries like blueberries, goji berries," Scrivo says. "All berries have a lot of vitamin C in it, which helps to produce more collagen in the skin. The more collagen we have, the better. It helps to plump up fine lines and give you that beautiful youthful glow."

Other good sources of antioxidants include vitamins A and E, often found in leafy vegetables.

"I love cabbage. It helps to detoxify the liver. Healthy liver, healthy skin," Scrivo says. "Broccoli, fantastic for the skin. Carrots, great for rosacea and any redness that women have because of the vitamin A content that it has."

The anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties in ginger and garlic can also help with things like acne and rosacea. If you are looking for more elasticity, she recommends selenium, found in foods like Brazilian nuts.

Essential fatty acids are also great for the skin. Things like Omega-3s help with cell regeneration, which can reduce the appearance of fine lines, and their anti-inflammatory properties can help heal damaged skin.

If you don't want to incorporate these foods into your diet, you can get these nutrients from a pressed juice or from supplements. Just remember to check with your doctor before starting a new regiment.

So before you dish out a fortune on face cream, instead, serve up a dish full of food that will help you look good from the inside out.

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