Top Foods for Skin Health

Is your skin lacking that healthy glow? Can’t get rid of dry skin no matter how hard you try? The answer could be in your diet. Certain minerals and vitamins are essential for skin health.

If you’re not getting enough of them, your skin might be suffering in the process. Sure, you could reach out for a bottle of vitamins –but you’d be missing out on other benefits, such as the added fiber and hydration you get from eating water-rich fruits and vegetables.

Want to get your skin in top shape? Head to your local grocery store and stock up on these foods:

Carrots

  • Don’t worry, your skin is not going to turn orange unless you’re eating a pound of carrots a day or so. Carrots are rich in beta carotene, one of the most powerful antioxidants available. Once inside the body, beta carotene gets transformed into vitamin A, which not only protects your skin against the sun, but also helps repair tissue and keeps skin cells young and supple. The results? Younger-looking, well-hydrated skin.

Blueberries

  • Blueberries are rich in vitamin C, which helps with collagen production. They are also full of anthocyanin, a special antioxidant that can protect the skin against aging and environmental challenges such as pollution (which ages and dries up the skin).

Nuts

  • Nuts are rich in two skin-friendly nutrients: vitamin E and essential fatty acids. Fatty acids help restore the elasticity of the skin, making it look plumper and more flexible. Eating more nuts won’t magically erase your wrinkles, but it will improve the elasticity of your skin, so you don’t wrinkle so easily when you break into a smile or a frown.

Fatty Fish (such as salmon)

  • Fatty fish is also rich in essential fatty acids, especially omega-3 fatty acids. These are the fats that fight inflammation. Many skin conditions, including reddening, dryness and itching, are due to internal inflammation. Fatty fish is also great to help fight thinning of the skin, which is a natural result of growing older. The thinner your skin is, the more your wrinkles –and other things, like dark circles— show.