An unhealthy diet isn’t just bad for your metabolism and the way your body functions. It’s bad your skin health, too. If you eat a diet of carbohydrate-rich food and dairy products, the chances are much greater that your acne will flare, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). It’s important to eat specific foods for better skin; doing so, the AAD says, can help reduce signs of aging and may even improve some skin conditions, such as psoriasis and atopic dermatitis.
A 2012 study published in the journal Dermato Endocrinology cited a strong link between nutrition and healthy skin and reported that antioxidants such as carotenoids, tocophenols, and flavonoids; vitamins A, C, D, and E; essential omega-3-fatty acids; certain proteins; and the probiotic lactobacilli are important in promoting skin health and beauty.
The road to better skin goes far beyond the creams and serums you apply—the food you eat also plays a major role. Foods that can bring you better skin are abundant—you just have to know where to look. Here, we’ve uncovered seven of the best foods for better skin—so you can be healthy, radiant, and glowing long after you’ve taken that last bite!
- Fatty Fish. Fish such as salmon, mackerel, and herring are all rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are considered essential nutrients for healthy skin. They’re also rich in protein and are a great source of vitamin E and zinc, which are important for protecting against free radicals and inflammation.
- Sweet Potatoes. These orange-colored spuds can be big skin-boosters. They’re filled with vitamin C, copper, and selenium, which help smooth wrinkles by stimulating collagen and promote skin elasticity. Sweet potatoes are also rich in beta-carotene, which plays an important role in protecting the skin against sun damage.
- Avocados. This stone fruit is packed with antioxidant goodness. It’s full of healthy fats and contains almost 20 vitamins and minerals, including vitamin E, potassium, and lecithin, which all nourish and moisturize your skin. In a hurry for the goodness but finding your avocado to be too firm to use? Speed up their ripening by putting them in a paper bag along with a banana.
- Peppers. Maybe Peter Piper picked a peck of peppers because he was in search of supple, shining skin. Peppers are flavorful and colorful, and they also boost your skin health because they’re rich in vitamin C and other antioxidants—such as vitamins E, A, B6, and K. Research also shows that vitamin C helps to reduce the incidence of wrinkles.
- Mussels. Iron deficiency can make your complexion pale and pasty. These mollusks, which have dark or purplish-black shells, can help replenish your skin’s glow with their rich iron content.
- Tomatoes. Among the tomato’s many benefits is the antioxidant lycopene, which boosts your skin’s natural SPF. Levels of lycopene increase when you cook tomatoes; research found that people who ate five tablespoons of tomato paste every day saw greater protection against the sun’s harmful rays.
- Oranges and grapefruits. Their juicy, skin-friendly ingredient is vitamin C, which not only plays a big role in the synthesis of collagen and wrinkle-reduction but can help prevent and treat damage caused by too much sun exposure.
Your skin is sure to thank you if you chow down on some of these healthy foods for better skin. In addition to the food you eat, treating your skin with TempSure™ Envi can leave it glowing and revitalized. It safely tightens* your skin while minimizing fine lines and wrinkles through its gentle and comfortable radiofrequency treatment. Now go ahead and put your best face forward, one bite at a time!
*Through soft tissue coagulation