Are You Getting Enough of this Vital Beauty Ingredient?

Vitamins and minerals have long been known to help us stay healthy and beautiful, but there is one mineral that’s especially useful in the quest for vibrant skin: magnesium. This nutrient plays an essential role helping the body stay active and youthful, so much so that a deficiency in this vital beauty ingredient can accelerate the aging process. Magensium helps with skin's repair of cellular DNA, which in turn, fights free-radical damage and inflammation. 

According to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, women over the age of 30 typically need to take about 320mg of magnesium, and luckily, you can get lots of it from these foods:

Almonds
One ounce of dry roasted almonds has 80 mg per serving.

Spinach 
Half a cup of boiled spinach has 78 mg.  

Soy milk
One cup of soy milk has 61 mg. 

Black Beans
Half a cup of cooked black beans contain 60 mg. 

Bread
Two slices of whole wheat bread contains 46mg. 

Bananas
One medium banana has 32 mg. 

Another way to get a dose of magnesium is topically. You can make a spray by submerging magnesium flakes in hot water and then adding the mixture to a spray bottle. Spritzing the face with this concoction may help keep the skin hydrated and skin more elastic.