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The Nutrients Your Skin Needs Now

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Your Skin Needs: A More Even, Luminous Tone

Eat: Vitamin C plus vitamin E, found in apples, citrus fruits, and whole-grain cereal.

Though plenty powerful on their own -- vitamin C builds collagen to keep skin firm and plump, and vitamin E safeguards cell membranes -- when these two antioxidants join forces, they work overtime. Not only do they bolster one another and help other nutrients work better, "they can protect from inflammation," says Roger A. Clemens, DrPH, a nutritional biochemist and expert on functional foods at the Institute of Food Technologists in Chicago. In other words, they can help prevent puffiness and may reduce redness.

Aim For: 75 mg of vitamin C (one medium orange or 1/2 cup sliced red pepper) and 15 mg of vitamin E (2 ounces of sunflowers or almonds).

 

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