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?6 Unhealthy Habits That Can Make You Look Way Older Than You Really Are

 

Nearly 90 percent of Americans don’t eat the recommended 2 to 3 cups of vegetables a day, while 76 percent fail to eat enough fruit, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

However, several studies suggest that eating a balanced diet loaded with disease-fighting fruits and vegetables can help prevent damage that causes your skin to age too early, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD).

That’s because fruits and vegetables are full of nutrients, like antioxidants and vitamins, which help fight free radical damage and keep your skin cells healthy.

Research has shown that vitamin E specifically might help protect you your skin from UV damage, even out any pigmentation issues, and reduce inflammation, a review published in ISRN Dermatology notes.

Vitamins A, C, and B3 are also great for your skin, according to research published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, since they may help prevent collagen breakdown, produce and maintain elasticity, and reduce hyperpigmentation, respectively.

Some fruits and vegetables to consider for your grocery list that fit the bill? Dark leafy greens like spinach, sweet potatoes, oranges, red peppers, strawberries, asparagus, and mushrooms.

Eat more of these 7 foods for beautiful skin:

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