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Top Foods to Eat for Beautiful Skin

Top Foods to Eat for Beautiful Skin

If you are wanting to achieve truly beautiful skin, get out of the cosmetics section and into the produce aisle!  Beauty really is more than just skin-deep, and a clear and glowing complexion is often not a matter of choosing the right makeup but of eating the right diet. Below is a list of the very best foods you can eat for gorgeous, healthy skin.

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    Avocadoes

    It should come as no surprise that avocadoes are so good for your skin: they are simply one of the healthiest foods you can include in your diet.  What makes them so great for a lovely complexion is they are rich in biotin, a B-vitamin which supports the health of hair, nails and skin as well as vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant which is also an excellent skin tonic.

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      Tomatoes

      Tomatoes are also part of a generally good-for-you diet, but what makes them so attractive from a dermatological point of view is the fact that they are such a rich source of lycopene. Lycopene is a natural plant compound which can help protect the skin from damage due to sun exposure. They also are high in compounds called carotenoids, which are powerful antioxidants that reduce skin cell damage and slow the aging process. They are best if in their processed state, such as in the form of tomato juice, sauce or paste.

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        Salmon

        If you’re a salmon lover, rejoice! Eating this fish regularly is not just good for your heart, but for your skin as well. For one thing, it is one of the best natural sources for omega-3 fatty acids: a diet rich in these nutrients can leave the skin smoother and younger-looking and decrease the redness, dryness and discomfort of irritation and inflammation. As an added bonus, it also contains a compound called astaxrathin, which can help increase the skin’s elasticity and youthful-looking appearance.

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          Citrus Fruits

          What makes citrus fruits so attractive in regards to beautiful skin is their high amounts of vitamin C. Not only is it a powerful antioxidant compound to reduce oxidative stress in the skin cells, it also in needed for the formation of collagen, which gives structure and firmness of the skin and can help prevent wrinkles or sagging. It also has proven anti-inflammatory properties.

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            Eggs

            You will love your breakfast more than ever knowing that the eggs you are eating are going to help keep your skin beautiful. Eggs are rich in protein, which is needed for healthy skin cell growth, and are also a great source of vitamin A. This vitamin, along with zinc and vitamin C, is the most important when it comes to repair and renewal of the skin cells and its derivative, called tretinon, is used in many commercial products to fight acne.

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              Almonds

              Almonds are another super-food that are super great for  your skin! Like eggs, they are a great source of skin-nourishing protein and are also incredibly rich in vitamin E and selenium, to antioxidant nutrients which work together synergistically to protect skin from damage done by UV radiation.  The vitamin E is also able to moisturize the skin and prevent dryness, redness and inflammation.

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                Blueberries

                It is hardly surprising that blueberries would make this list, since they are not only incredibly rich in antioxidants (such as the anthocyanins that give them their deep, purple-blue color) but also in fiber.  Fiber is important because it can help to detoxify your body naturally and help remove impurities or harmful substances that can leave the skin dull or discolored.

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                  Spinach

                  Remember your mom chiding you to “eat your spinach” when you were a kid? This is actually one of the best foods you can eat for beautiful skin. It is a rich combination of nutrients that nourish the skin and keep in young, supple and smooth, including vitamins B, C and E, antioxidants like lutein, and omega 3 fatty acids.

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                    Dark Chocolate

                    Okay, admit it, it won’t be any chore to include this one in your diet! Dark chocolate is also incredibly rich in antioxidants to fight free radical damage to the skin and it also contains compounds that can help keep the skin hydrated and protect it from damage due to sun exposure.  However, in order for this to be affective, you must make sure that you are getting products that contain at least 60% cacao (this will usually be on the labels).

                    From dark chocolate to spinach to citrus fruit, the foods listed above will not only promote your general health: they also have the advantage of nourishing your skin and keeping it healthy and beautiful in a way that cosmetics can only hope to imitate.

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                    Last Updated on August 20, 2018

                    35 Anniversary Ideas to Bring You Closer Together

                    35 Anniversary Ideas to Bring You Closer Together

                    Every mature relationship has had a less-than-memorable anniversary. Maybe one of you forgot, or both of you got busy with work, kids, family issues, or something else. Whatever happened, the day came and went without fanfare. And neither of you seemed to notice or much care.

                    But for the health of any relationship, it’s important to make important days feel special. Anniversaries offer the wonderful opportunity to relive beautiful memories, practice gratefulness for your partner, and to show your love and strengthen your bond. Make this year’s anniversary with your significant other something special  — one that will bring you closer together.

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                    The best way to create a memorable anniversary is to do something new and different together as a couple. Stretch yourselves a bit.

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                    While boredom can silently kill a relationship, new experiences reinforce the shared bond you already have and create strong new memories. Just think back to the most significant memories you have right now with your spouse and imagine what new ones you can create!

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                    While you enjoy your chosen anniversary activity, be sure to keep a positive attitude and make your partner happy too on that day. Leave all arguments and day to day detail behind. Just celebrate your relationship. Whether you’re going to spend the day together at home, getting away, or having a wild and crazy new experience together, you can have your best anniversary yet!

                    If You’re Staying In

                    1. Spend an evening with no technology, just the two of you and maybe a board game. It’s hard to keep ourselves away from our computers and smartphones long enough to have a meaningful conversation. Make a rule not to use your tech and you’ll rekindle your relationship!
                    2. Make wine or beer together. If you enjoy drinking together, this is a fun activity to try together. Just remember to buy the necessary equipment ahead of time.
                    3. Learn something new about each other. With an open mind, try asking some of the New York Times’ 36 questions that lead to love. They’ll help spark intimacy and will lead to some really honest moments.
                    4. Have a lazy day. Breakfasts in bed, spend all day in bed talking and napping. Follow breakfast with champagne and dessert! If you feel like getting more active, cook together or play some games. Here’re some simple breakfast ideas for you.
                      • Learn to dance at home. This is best for those active couples who work out together and also enjoy learning something new together. Just go on Youtube to find any music with dance tutorials and learn together.
                      • Visit model homes or open houses and plan your dream home.
                      • Have a special dessert – champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. Having an unusual treat makes a day feel extra special. If you want to make the dessert really special, try these tasty dessert recipes.
                      • Create a playlist of your favorite songs as a couple. Choose songs that tell your story, and songs that you bonded over throughout your relationships. Here’re some love songs ideas for your inspirations.
                        • Write your love story. Write it together or ave each of you write your own and then bring them together in an interesting, both sides of the story format.
                        • Get a fondue pot. Fondue is a fun way to enjoy melted cheeses (for savory items) and melted chocolate (for sweeter treats).
                        • Decorate! Turn your home into a dressed-up french cottage, a sophisticated restaurant, or simply with flowers. The different ambience will immediately change the feel of your home and make it feel like a staycation.
                          • Talk about the future together. It might sound simple and everyday, but imagining how you want to spend your retirement together, or planning future trips can be exciting and romantic.

                          If You Want to Get Away

                          1. Take a day trip together to your favorite spot. If you live in a city, it can be incredibly refreshing to get away for an afternoon and drink in the outdoors.
                          2. Go on a scenic drive and stop at a wine and cheese bar. Or, if you’re lucky enough to have lots of options where you live, try a brewpub. There are tons of small craft breweries with fantastic food options too.
                          3. Go camping. Relatively affordable and, if the weather’s right, beautiful and romantic.
                            • Take an overnight backpacking trip. For the more adventurous couples, backpacking is an even more intense way to challenge yourself physically while becoming one with nature.
                            • Take a wine tasting tour. If you live on the West Coast or in the Northeast, take a drive to the nearest winery. Many offer relatively inexpensive tastings and deals if you purchase a certain amount.
                            • Take a scenic train trip. Taking the train means less stress traveling: nobody has to drive, you don’t have to stop for breaks every few hours, and you can sleep if you need to!
                            • Save up for a destination vacation. What better time than your anniversary to enjoy the beach at a beautiful resort?
                            • Explore a new city. Whether you’re on a budget or have a lot saved up, you can have a great time just exploring an unfamiliar town.
                            • Rent a cabin for a weekend away, in the woods or next to a lake or ocean. If you like the outdoors but can only take so much nature, try glamping.
                              • Go on a retreat. Yoga retreats, meditation retreats, beautiful natural surroundings … they’re all the rage. Search for centeredness and calm with your partner.
                              • Spend a day at a food festival. Many cities have fun and affordable food festivals, occasionally based on a theme. Check out your town’s (or a nearby city) calendar for inspiration!

                              New & Exciting Experiences

                              1. Go spelunking. Dark, damp, and utterly exciting!
                              2. Go on a hot air balloon ride. Because the basket is relatively small, this can be a romantic and deeply personal – and yet thrilling –
                                experience.
                                • Try sky diving. If you and you S.O. are real thrill-seekers, sky diving can really push you to the edge!
                                • Explore the underwater world by snorkeling or scuba diving. This may take you far away from where you normally live and work, which is an added bonus.
                                • Experience white water rafting.
                                • Drive or hike to the highest spot nearby for a new view of the world. America has tons of beautiful mountains where challenging hikes (or drives) can deliver breathtaking views.
                                • Take a craft or cooking class. Up your craft skills or food  making skills, and enjoy something new!
                                  • Take a wine and painting class today. These classes are easily found these days and even a beginning painter can create a nice painting. Challenging but relaxing, fun, and you get to go home with some artwork!
                                  • Learn to salsa dance. Dancing is a fantastic way to actively get closer and coordinate physically with one another.
                                    • Visit a nearby festival you’ve always wanted to go to. Have fun and let go with fellow audience-members!
                                    • Spend the day at an amusement park together. Laugh and carry on like teenagers.
                                    • Meet new people! At a restaurant, concert, or class, make it a point to meet new friends. Striking up conversation with someone you don’t know – but with whom you have shared interests – can be an adventurous and rewarding experience.

                                    Whether your budget is big or small, and whether you have a little or a ton of time together, focus on each other. There are tons of options, in terms of location, level of physical activity, and cost. You can make the day special in a way that’s right for you!

                                    Featured photo credit: Photo by Taylor L. Spurgeon on Unsplash via unsplash.com

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