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SPRING | 2021

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4 Myths About Food and Healthy Skin By Alex Caspero Fresh fruits and vegetables are loaded with antiaging antioxidants and contain plenty of water, making them a one-two punch for a gorgeous glow. Chances are you've heard conflicting information about the best foods to eat for your skin. With so many opinions out there—professional and otherwise— it can be hard to separate fact from fiction. Below are recurring myths and definitive answers. MYTH #1: GOOD GENES OUTWEIGH LIFESTYLE CHOICES While it is a blessing to have good genes, no one is guaranteed to have "good" or "bad" skin throughout their entire life. Lifestyle choices play a large factor in how your skin will age or respond to breakouts. MYTH #2: CERTAIN FOODS WILL ALWAYS CAUSE BREAKOUTS As there is variability between individuals on what exactly causes acne flare- ups, it is a myth to say that specific foods, like dairy and sugar, will cause issues for everybody. In addition to diet, stress and hormonal shifts can exacerbate breakouts in some but not others. MYTH #3: ALL OILS ARE BAD It is true that too many greasy and fried foods may do more harm than good, but that doesn't mean all oils are bad for your skin. Oils rich in omega-3 fatty acids, like those found in flax seeds, walnuts, and salmon, can help reduce inflammation that can lead to redness and breakouts. MYTH #4: YOU MUST CUT OUT ALL SUGAR FOR HEALTHY SKIN Some sweeteners are more harmful than others, but the dose makes the poison. High-sugar foods like soda, sweetened teas, and dessert can disrupt the formation of collagen, which can impact skin tone and structure. However, that doesn't mean you have to swear off sweets for good. The occasional treat will not derail all of your beauty efforts—especially with an overall healthy diet. Alex Caspero is a registered dietitian specializing in plant-based diets. Her blog, Delish Knowledge, focuses on simple, healthy recipes. Find her at

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