Some foods are better in the gut than on the skin

10/31/2012 | Los Angeles Times

A growing number of skin care products are based on fruit and vegetable extracts, which can be beneficial but are not always bioavailable and often have short shelf lives in topical formulations, dermatologists say. Products containing extracts from green tea, turmeric and licorice show promise, while many that contain fruit extracts do not work, experts say. "The big issue is that a food may be great when taken by mouth, but there are all sorts of reasons why that doesn't mean it's going to be great when you put it on topically," said dermatologist Leslie Baumann.

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