There is a beloved children's picture book called Chocolatina, about a young girl named Tina who eats chocolate for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Only morning she awakes to find that she has turned into a chocolate girl! And oh boy, does this prove to be problematic, especially when one of her classmates tries to bite off one of Chocolatina's elbows at lunch time. Of course this is a fantastical take on the old adage, you are what you eat, but according to scientific research, a growing link does appear between diet and its effect on our skin. To help you look and feel your best, it is important to understand which foods can contribute to or hinder skin health and incorporate these into your diet. Foods that Protect the Skin To help fight off wrinkles and other sides of aging, think Farmer's Market Fresh! Eating a variety fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts can supply the body with skin-protective antioxidants, substances that help protect the body from the cellular damages caused by free-radicals (highly reactive molecules created by pollutants, radiation, sunlight, etc.) Be sure to chock your diet full of colorful fruits and vegetables like carrots, apricots, berries, spinach and tomatoes. Dried beans, artichokes, potatoes, salmon, pecans, walnuts and hazelnuts areamong the richest sources of antioxidants. Foods that Damage the Skin Thou shall avoid fast food. Sure, every once in a blue moon a burger from In and Out is fine. But foods high in fat and carbs, which have been cooked and fried in oil, as well as sugary items, and caffeinated and alcoholic beverages are a no-no. Why? These types of food act as a diuretic and cause your body to lose fluids, which dries out skin and advances the aging process by breaking down its natural elastin. A Healthy Approach to Skin Friendly Dieting Many foods that are good for your skin are also beneficial to your overall health. Rather than focusing on just improving your skin, focus on eating a varied diet that includes a rainbow's worth of colorful fruits and vegetables,low-fat or fat-free dairy products and meats, and foods rich in antioxidants. When it comes to drinking, it is important to limit alcohol and caffeine and drink plenty of water. Papaya Cleanser Papaya fruit enzymes and salicylic acid create a great smelling lather that exfoliates and deeply cleans, leaving skin bright, soft and supple. 6 fl.oz. Vita-C Emulsion 15% Time-released formulation of Vitamin C encourages collagen production and reduces the appearance of age spots, fine lines and wrinkles. Tocopherol (Vitamin E) and CoQ10 provide additional antioxidant protection. 1 fl. oz. AM Daily Moisturizer SPF 45+ Formulated with Parsol 1789 for full-spectrum sun protection. Sea botanicals, green tea and pomegranate extracts ward off free radicals while white birch adds an anti-aging boost. Oil-free. Great for all skin types. 1.7 oz PM Anti-Aging Moisturizer A break-through night cream formulated with peptides to stimulate collagen production, Kombuchka to restore a rosy glow and skin brighteners to even skin tone. Vitamins C and E provide additional antioxidant protection. 1.7oz. And of course, everything in moderation. As long as you keep your indulgences under control, there is no danger of waking one morning to find that you've transformed into a milk chocolate man or a Lays Potato Chip LadyS!