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PIA Press Release
2008/03/16

Women can have glowing skin this Women's Month

Tacloban City (March 16) -- Yes, Virginia. Filipino women can have healthy, glowing skin this Women's Month and all year round, even without investing their paycheck in expensive serums and creams and dermal fillers. How? Through a skin-friendly diet.

Truly, a woman's skin is best taken cared of and nurtured by a well-rounded diet that includes healthy fats, sufficient protein, and lots of fruits and vegetables, but there are a few standouts that make particular contributions to healthy, glowing skin.

First of all, women should eat fish. Fatty fish like salmon, tilapia and many others which abound in the area are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids that bolster the skin barrier or the layer of lipids that hold on to moisture and keep irritants away.

Fish is also rich in Vitamin D. Remember, dermatologists increasingly emphasize sun avoidance, so there is a need to find other sources of this vitamin which is produced during sun exposure.

For women who do not eat fish, the good news is that eggs are also sources of omega-3 fatty acids, along with plant sources like nuts.

Another important part of a skin-friendly diet is Green Tea. It is inexpensive and has been researched as the most powerful anti-oxidant. Drinking at least three cups a day will fight aging and inflammation. So put down that soda Virginia and start drinking your way to healthier skin.

For vegetables, add more Broccoli in the diet. It is rich in vitamins A, C and K. Vitamin A decreases oil production; Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and Vitamin K prevents bruises.

Next on the list is virgin coconut oil. It helps prevent dry skin and inflammation and is essential for the formation of hormones that keep all the cells of the body functioning well. So try sauteeing your fish and your vegetable in virgin coconut oil and double those skin soothing effects. The secret is, you can drink your virgin coconut oil and get the best effect.

When it comes to boosting the skin's defenses against anti aging, inflammation and skin cancer, antioxidants are very important so there is another food that must be added to the list- Nuts. A doctor friend always say that a handful of almonds every day boosts the levels of vitamin E, one of the most important anti-oxidants for skin health. However, since almonds may be difficult to find in the hinterlands, a handful of the native peanuts will do.

There, Virginia. Have these in your diet and off you go towards achieving a healthy, glowing skin not only during the month-long celebration of Women's Month, but all year round. (PIA 8) [top]

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