The best (and worst) foods for your skin

Nibble on these healthy eats, and nix these other ones, to look good
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Food for thought

You’ve heard it before: You are what you eat. And in this case, what you include in your diet can erase years from your face. So the secret to younger-looking skin just may be sitting in your fridge. Click through to find out which foods to stock up on which ones to pass up.

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Skin-friendly fare

Turns out what's good for your body is good for your face. "If you're looking for the one food that can be considered the fountain of youth, it's cooked tomatoes," says Jessica Wu, MD, dermatologist and author of Feed Your Face. They contain a heavy dose of the antioxidant lycopene, which your body uses to fight the effects of UV damage. Other antioxidant-rich foods like berries, greens, yellow squash and green tea are also good bets.

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What to avoid

"Overly salty or sugary foods are the enemy," says Dr. Wu. They spike your insulin production, which causes inflammation and ultimately slows down your skin's ability to regenerate itself. It's also important to limit your alcohol intake, especially drinks with added sugars like margaritas. They dehydrate your body and make fine lines more pronounced.

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What to apply

"Grapefruit has an amazing ability to brighten your skin," says Susie Wang, makeup artist and creator of 100% Pure Cosmetics. Try this bedtime treat: Mash up a peeled grapefruit and the whites of two eggs. Massage onto your face for 5 minutes, then rinse. Grapefruit has skin-brightening vitamin C, while the egg whites tighten pores and firm skin.

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Products to try

These beauty must-haves contain the foods your skin craves.

Instantly calm redness and gently remove impurities with St. Ives Naturally Clear Green Tea Scrub, $4.99;

To fight aging free radicals and control oil, use Yes To Tomatoes Clear Skin Daily Balancing Moisturizer, $10.68;

A lightweight, roll-on eye treatment to fight dark circles and puffiness: Lumene Vitamin C+ Eye Serum, $19.99;

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