By Donna Mavis

Many ingredients in medicines and beauty products are sourced from plants or animals.  From anti-aging serums to skin-lightening lotions, you may be surprised to know that some antioxidants and compounds in your favorite moisturizer are right there in your kitchen.

Alpha Hydroxy Acid 
Alpha hydroxy acid is a common ingredient in chemical peels. Capable of cleansing, hydrating and firming the skin, it uses a combination of acids founds in foods to achieve these benefits.

Foods that contain alpha hydroxy acid include citrus fruits, tomato juice, milk, yogurt, apples, pineapples, papaya and almonds.

Retinol is a widely used substance in anti-aging products. It boosts collagen, which in turn helps reduce wrinkles, fine lines, acne, discoloration and dryness. As a derivative of vitamin A, it can be found in mackerel, salmon, and tuna as well as beef and lamb liver.

Green Tea Extract 
Green tea and its extract are filled with antioxidants that stimulate circulation and reduce inflammation. The most known benefit is the extract’s ability to protect the skin against free radicals that can cause damage and accelerate aging.

Vitamin C 
Vitamin C and collagen are two peas in a pod, with vitamin A encouraging the production of collagen. Green vegetables like broccoli, spinach and cabbage are high in vitamin C and easily incorporated into your diet.  

Collagen, as a skincare product, improves the elasticity and resilience of skin.  Bone broth, animal meats, fish, dairy and eggs all help with collagen production.

Vitamin E 
Vitamin E is incredibly beneficial for both skin and hair. A moisturizing agent, this antioxidant can soften the skin and reduce the appearance of acne scars. Foods that are rich in vitamin E include seeds, nuts, green leafy veggies and vegetable oils. 

You will be amazed at how many ingredients in the products on cosmetic shelves are present in everyday foods. In addition to using commercial solutions, enrich your diet with nutrient-dense items and ask your doctor to recommend oral supplements.

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