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It's Not Your Mother's Skin -- Or Is It?

Premature aging skin is not inevitable -- no matter what your parents looked like.

Excessive Drinking and Your Skin

Excessive alcohol (more than one drink a day for women, two for men) is bad for skin, and your health in general. People who drink heavily tend to not eat a healthy diet -- depriving skin of the nutrients it needs to prevent aging.

The Diet and Skin Connection

Skin is constantly fighting a battle with the sun, and constantly repairing and regenerating itself. Your skin needs the right nutrition to stay young and healthy looking. If you're eating lots of junk food, you're feeding your skin junk, too.

Antioxidants like vitamin C and E, as well as vitamin A and the B vitamin biotin, are particularly important for healthy skin. You'll get all of these nutrients, and more, by eating five to seven servings of fresh fruits and vegetables each day. Tomatoes, citrus, green leafy vegetables, and carrots are a good place to start.

Our parents gave us many gifts. Maybe the genes for good skin were one of yours. But no matter what kind of skin you inherited, you can take action to keep the skin you have looking young.

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