You are what you eat – and nowhere is this more true than when it comes to beautiful skin. While your skin-care regimen is important, so are the nutrients you feed your skin for keeping it looking firm, radiant and young.  Here’s what the skincare researchers at Kristals Cosmetics suggest when it comes to feeding beautiful skin.

#1 Protect against Wrinkles
Strawberries in your morning yogurt. A juicy orange for a snack. Broccoli and red peppers at dinner. Munching several servings of vitamin C-rich foods like these could reduce your risk for developing deep wrinkles by as much as 36 percent, according to one British study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

#2 Promote Circulation
Good blood flow to your skin promotes a rosy glow, so a cup of cocoa could help.  A study in the Journal of Nutrition has found that compounds called flavonols in cocoa can increase circulation to skin cells. Bonus: These friendly flavonols, called epicatchin and catechin, may help protect skin cells from sun damage, too. (You still need sunscreen, though!)

#3 Say No Thanks to This Major Ager
Cut back on refined carbohydrates, such as sugary drinks and white-flour foods. These may produce destructive compounds that attack the collagen and elastin fibers in deeper skin layers that keep your skin looking firm.  In one study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, every two-serving increase in refined carbohydrates boosted risk for signs of damage by 28 percent.

#4 Feed Firmer Skin
In a fascinating study that looked at skin quality and diet in 453 people from Australia, Greece and Sweden, researchers found that certain foods kept skin looking younger. These included low-fat milk, fruit and veggies, eggs and beans. Sipping water and tea were also beneficial. Just as important: Cutting back on agers like refined carbs and red meat.

#5 Rev up the Radiance
Like vitamin C, a full range of cell-protecting antioxidants found in food can keep your skin looking smooth, clear and healthy. Top antioxidant foods include berries, green tea, brightly-colored veggies (tomatoes, winter squash, carrots, spinach). Include good carbs such as old-fashioned or steel-cut oats to help skin stay hydrated. And add good fats found in fish, nuts, avocados and olive and canola oil to reduce inflammation.

About Kristals Cosmetics
Kristals Cosmetics has unlocked the holistically healing power of gemstones to promote vibrant, radiant skin with a deep range of products, including creams, masks and serums. Kristals complements its gemstone-infused skincare products with leading-edge ingredients designed to pair perfectly with precious gems, including peptides, niacinamide and Vitamin C.

Since ancient times, precious and semi-precious stones have been used to promote healing and well-being. Kristals Cosmetics has built on these age-old traditions with leading-edge skincare research.