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Foods that are good for your skin

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According to a popular dermatologist and author.. the secret to clear skin lies in what you eat. So how do you feed your face to get the best results?

It turns out you really are what you eat. "What you eat has at least 50% to do with the condition of your complexion. It's all about choosing the right foods that are delicious to eat and also good for your skin," said Dr. Jessica Wu. Dr. Jessica Wu has spent years helping patients feed their faces. "If you want to fight sagging and bagging, you've got to put protein into your diet cause collagen and elastic tissue that keeps your skin firm is protein," said Dr. Wu. So pick beef fajitas over cheese quesadillas since dairy products are high in hormones. "In fact, even organic dairy products, organic cheese, is full of cow hormones that are shown to affect your acne, increase oil glands, and make you break out," said Dr. Wu.

Since they are full of amino acids, animal proteins like lamb, chicken and beef are also good to eat if you are fighting wrinkles. Beef is also high in zinc. "Zinc is a mineral that helps to fight acne because it is an anti-inflammatory," said Dr. Wu. And for smoother skin, throw in some vegetables. "Green and yellow veggies have been shown to be linked to fewer wrinkles, especially crows feet around the eyes," said Dr. Wu.

If sushi is your dish, don't overdo it on the rice, since the body quickly turns it into sugar. "What does sugar do? It eats up the collagen in your skin, and also, sugar has been linked to acne as well," said Dr. Wu. If you're after healthy hair and nails, Dr. Wu says eat your green beans and drink volvic water. Both are chock full of an element called silicon. But do you need to drink gallons of water a day for pretty skin? "A good rule of thumb is one glass per meal and another glass in between meals," said Dr. Wu.

When it comes to pasta, skip the alfredo sauce and go with marinara. It's made with cooked tomatoes. "It turns out that when you cook tomatoes or process them it releases four times the amount of lycopene and antioxidants," said Dr. Wu. Tomatoes can also fight sun damage, just like red wine. "One glass a day for women, 1 to 2 glasses a day for men," said Dr. Wu.

Now... when it comes to dessert... go for the dark chocolate.... the 70-percent or above cocoa content chocolate. Dr. Wu says it's high in antioxidants that help protect the collagen in your skin and fight sun damage.

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