We are always looking for that magic potion for younger, more vibrant skin. But, did you know that good skin can come from within? We’ve put together a list of 7 top foods that will help your skin from the inside out.
In an article in Women’s Day, Majorie Cohn, RDN and founder of MNC Nutrition told Woman’s Day, “When it comes to skin health, I like to focus on specific nutrients, that help to protect, heal, and moisturize,” explains Cohn. “This happens on a cellular level, therefore it’s important to choose high quality foods (organic, fresh, local – if possible) that contain these essential nutrients.”
From helping with hydration to erasing fine lines, the secret to more vibrant skin may just be a drive to the grocery store away. Read about the top 7 foods below plus check out links to over 100 different foods you can eat to help your skin.
Aroniaberries - Top the Antioxidant Charts
Aroniaberries are low in calories and just a few ounces of Aronia berries provide your daily antioxidants. Aronia berries have been described as free radical super fighters, combating cell damage that may harm your skin. Eat them mixed in your oatmeal, yogurt, or in your favorite smoothie recipe. They are also delicious to bake in recipes.
Red Peppers – Vitamin C
Vitamin C is important to your skin because it helps your body create collagen. Collagen is a protein in your body that gives your skin structure and elasticity. It also helps eliminate free radicals which can damage collagen. damages collagen which gives your skin elasticity.” So add a few more of these to foods to your diet.
Sweet Potatoes – Beta Carotene and Magnesium
This brightly-colored orange veggie has high levels of antioxidants in the form of beta-carotene and magnesium. Beta-carotene is an antioxidant that can help counteract UV radiation from the sun. This nutrient also has the ability to serve as a sunscreen. Make sure you eat the whole sweet potato. The fiber in the skin has been said to aid in gut health and blemishes.
Cottage Cheese – Vitamin D & A
This diet favorite is loaded with skin-enhancing vitamins like Vitamin D, A and calcium. Vitamin A promotes the production of healthy skin cells and which gives skin a more firm appearance. The probiotic in cottage cheese help maintain healthy gut microflora which improves digestion and clears skin.
Mango - Vitamins A, C, and B6
Mango are a great source of Vitamins A, C, and B6. You will often see mango butter, pulp or extracts in skincare products with a key benefit of revitalizing and smoothie skin. It also can help with oily skin.
Cooked Tomatoes – Lycopene
According to dermatologist Jessica Wu, M.D., “Cooked tomatoes are considered to be the fountain of youth.” The concentrated dosage of the antioxidant of lycopene is so important in fighting the effects of UV damage. Dr. Wu is the author of the book Feed Your Face.
Salmon – Omega-3
It is the Omega-3 in Salmon that places it in our top 7 Foods for Super Healthy Skin. The fatty acids fight free radicals by helping keep the cell membrane intact and strong and reducing inflammation.
Other super skin foods include: Brussel Sprouts (Antioxidants & Vitamin C), Citrus (Vitamin C), Carrots (Vitamin A), Brazil Nuts (Selenium) Brown Rice (Selenium) Edamame (Linoleic Acid) Pumpkin Seeds (zinc).
Here are links to more superfoods that are good for your skin.