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Any recommendations? My skin has completely lost the youthful look I had in my 20's. I'm in my 30's and it's dull dull dull.

Wed. Jan 17, 12:23pm

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here is an excerpt from a website i googled (with the phrase eating for skin health):

"Eat generous portions of the right kinds of protein. Protein is necessary for cell repair and helps keep aging in check. On the best-choices list, fish ranks first, followed by these other protein-packed animal products: egg whites, skinless chicken and turkey breast.
Don't fear fat — believe it or not, some is healthy — even essential. Fats and oils can provide anti-inflammatory protection and youth-preserving antioxidants. Fatty fish provides hefty helpings of anti-aging omega-3 fatty acids; salmon, mackerel and albacore tuna are among your best bets for staying beautiful. Also tops among anti-inflammatories: extra virgin olive oil. It'll make you look lovely, and meanwhile could lower your bad cholesterol.
Steer clear of inflammation-inducing sugar and high-glycemic carbohydrates. This category of food includes potatoes, rice and pasta. These foods can cause blood sugar to spike and lead to dangerous chemical changes in your body. Their ability to fuel creation of age-accelerating free radicals and to break down collagen has earned them high rank among skin's greatest foes. Your body needs carbohydrates, though, so get your fill from low-glycemic fruits and vegetables. Choice picks run from arugula to zucchini — they're packed with youth-preserving antioxidants. "

it also said to be sure to drink plenty of water.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007, 12:28 PM

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water water water!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007, 12:39 PM

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Also vit C - inside and out. It's a key building block of collagen and applied in a masque has an exfoliating, brightening effect. Beware though - it is an unstable molecule and can do harm instead of good if you use vit C than has begun to oxidize. I like to mix up a fresh mask of emergen-C (lite with no coloring added) and a moisturizer (something containing rosemary for the anti-inflamitory properties) and apply it weekly.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007, 12:46 PM

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eat foods rich in vitamin a, such as butternut squash, carrots, mangoes, apricots (dried), cantaloupe. does wonders for facial skin.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007, 12:56 PM

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This isn't a diet tip but ... for good skin avoid the sun whenever possible. Make sure that all skin creams you use have an SPF of at least 15. The sun can really damage your skin.

Good luck.

Thursday, January 18, 2007, 9:47 AM

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Here are some other things that can help (seems like common sense things, but they should help!)

If you are a smoker, your skin will suffer
Drink water vs. sugar (or even diet) pop or alcohol
Get enough rest
Exercise--enough to get the blood flowing to the skin!
Stay away from processed foods with lots of chemicals or preservatives
Eat fresh fruits and veggies (wash with food safe soap--I personally like organics because they taste better)--again, these tend to have high moisture well as fiber to help get food moving through the body...

I also find that the mineral based makeups (if you use makeup) help to keep my skin nicer--it doesn't tend to clog my pores and It also looks more natural....

I have found that Olay Regenerist's products really work for me (and I've seen several news shows that have done comparisons against higher priced creams and lotions--they performed really well for the price).

Thursday, January 18, 2007, 11:46 PM

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