5 Foods to Fight Aging Skin

Damage from sunlight and smoke can prematurely age your skin, but what you eat may help your skin stay youthful.

1. Pumpkin

The beta-carotene in pumpkin may help defend your skin against sun damage caused by ultraviolet rays. It has more of the beneficial compound than carrots.

2. Tomatoes

They’re an excellent source of vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps lessen the appearance of wrinkles. They also contain lycopene, a plant pigment that protects against sun damage.

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3. Guava

Look beyond citrus for a boost of vitamin C! One cup of guava has over 600% of the recommended daily value for about 100 calories.

4. Pine nuts

They contain linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid that helps reduce skin dryness and fragility. Try adding them to salads or in a sauce, like pesto.

5. Spinach

A half cup of cooked spinach is a good source of both vitamin E and vitamin C. Two nutrients thought to reduce DNA damage from UV radiation. It’s also a potent source of beta-carotene to help support youthful skin.

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