Get Glowing: Foods That Can Help Your Skin

Get Glowing: Foods That Can Help Your Skin

Learn what foods can help defend against skin dryness, wrinkles and blemishes.


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What's the secret to glowing skin? It's not expensive creams or costly facials — it's your diet. The following foods can be your greatest defense against problems such as dryness, wrinkles and blemishes. So grab a plate and fill up.

Strawberries, blueberries and blackberries pack high amounts of antioxidants. Antioxidants help block "free radicals" such as the sun's rays from damaging skin cells. But don't toss your sunscreen out either. Eating berries is just an extra step you can take to help protect your skin from damage and prevent your skin from aging prematurely.

Sweet Potatoes
Vegetables like sweet potatoes contain beta-carotene and vitamins A and C — a good formula for beautiful skin. These nutrients can help retain skin moisture and prevent dryness.

Low-Fat Dairy
Low-fat yogurt, cheese and milk are rich in vitamin A — an essential vitamin in skin health. Plus, the live bacteria in yogurt is not only is good for intestinal health, it's good for your skin. Normal digestion will be reflected in skin that appears healthy.

Salmon, tuna and mackerel contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. These acids help maintain healthy cell membranes. The healthier your cell membranes are, the better they can hold moisture, essentially giving you softer, younger-looking skin.

Oils can give your skin much-needed moisture. Just make sure you're using healthy oils like olive oil. Adding just 2 tablespoons a day to your diet will help keep your skin properly lubricated and healthy.

Go ahead and enjoy some nuts. A handful of walnuts contain an omega-3 fatty acid that can help reduce skin inflammation.

Whole Grains
The mineral selenium is an antioxidant found in whole-grain products. Selenium can help control cell damage that can lead to skin cancer. Filling up on whole grains will help you avoid refined white flour and the starchy foods that can increase your insulin levels. High insulin levels can induce inflammation and irritate your skin.

Water and Green Tea
Drinking water keeps your skin hydrated, which helps skin cells move nutrients in and toxins out. Green tea has anti-inflammatory properties and may reduce the risk of damage from ultraviolet light.

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