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Like many citrus fruits, pink grapefruit is an excellent source of vitamin C. In addition to warding off colds, vitamin C also aids in collagen production, which helps keep skin firm, lessening the appearance of wounds, injuries, and acne. Pink grapefruit is also a good source of lycopene, another anti-inflammatory. Although all grapefruit varieties contain vitamin C and lycopene, pink grapefruit contains significantly more lycopene than white grapefruit, thanks to its pink color.
Save your Skin: Add pink grapefruit to your morning smoothie (remove seeds first), use it as a salad topper, or mix it into salsa to pair with grilled halibut.
Tip: Aim to eat 1/2 a grapefruit a day.
Also rich in vitamin C, Fennel minimizes the appearance of breakouts by reducing swelling. It also flushes toxins and excess water out of the skin.
Save Your Skin: Roast fennel in the oven with a little garlic and eat as a delicious snack or side with any meal. It also works great mixed into salads and stir-frys.
Tip: Fennel, which tastes a bit like licorice, can also improve digestion and freshen breath.
Allicin—the compound that gives garlic its pungent taste and smell—is known to kill off harmful bacteria, including the kind that can cause bacteria. It also is a powerful anti-inflammatory, so it will soothe breakouts.
Save Your Skin: Roast a garlic bulb, break it open, and spread on toast instead of butter. Sauté veggies with a little garlic for a great flavor, or add garlic to stir-frys, pizzas, and pastas. Garlic also tastes great on meats, seafood, poultry, vegetables, and grains.
Tip: Garlic adds a lot of flavor and reduces the need to add salt. Salt creates inflammation and wreaks havoc on the skin.
Tammy Lakatos Shames and Elysse “Lyssie” Lakatos—otherwise known as the Nutrition Twins—are registered dieticians, certified personal trainers and authors of Fire Up Your Metabolism: 9 Proven Principles for Burning Fat and Losing Weight Forever.