Work these skin-saving ingredients into your diet for a glowing complexion.
Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries are like little bundles of antioxidants. Those sweet, summery fruits you love so much fight off free radicals and battle destructive UV rays, which can be harmful to skin cells. They retain their helpful nutrients even when frozen, so step up your smoothie game!
Turns out having avocado toast for breakfast does much more than just fill you up for the day! These creamy, green beauties are packed with Vitamins E and A, which protect your skin against harsh UV rays and ease dryness by keeping it hydrated. Time to whip up a batch of for dinner!
Swap out almonds and cashews and snack on these South American nuts to get a good dose of selenium in your diet. Eating a few each day puts the trace mineral to work building antioxidants and repairing skin cells to slow down the appearance of skin aging.
Antioxidants are key for protecting your skin, and pomegranates are packed with flavonoids and polyphenols to keep yours wrinkle-free. When eaten regularly, the fruit can brighten your skin tone and even help reduce the risk of skin cancer.
If you have issues with dry, flaky skin, bell peppers might be the cure you're looking for. The Vitamn C content naturally boosts your body's collagen, in turn getting rid of fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes and mouth.
Don't pass up on these wacky-looking super fruits—they have about four times the Vitamin C of an orange which increases collagen for a smooth appearance and bright complexion. Guava's anti-aging properties and ability to reduces fine lines should make it a regular in your diet.
Amp up your lycopene intake by eating plenty of tomatoes. The vegetable acts as a sort of natural UV sunscreen, protecting your skin from sun damage with its supply of antioxidants. Eating cooked tomatoes makes it easier to absorb the lycopene, so marinara sauce is a good bet.
Whether your green of choice is romaine, spinach or kale, it's doing a good job of keeping your skin radiant. Leafy greens have tons of Vitamin A and carotene compounds, promoting cell growth and cellular turnover. Even if you've done damage to your skin in the past, eating greens can leave it looking fresh and renewed.
Fatty fish like tuna and sardines bring health benefits to the table, but salmon is the king of omega-3 fatty acids. Alpha-linolenic acid improves dryness and even helps with chronic conditions like psoriasis. With regular servings of salmon, your skin will be that perfect combination of smooth and firm.
Block out UV rays with help from catechins and polyphenols found in green tea. You should definitely still wear sunscreen, but the antioxidants from your cup of tea decrease your chances of sunburn and reduce any redness or inflammation. Try putting cold green tea pouches on puffy skin to soothe it.
Get a boost of beta-carotene from these orange spuds—your body does the work of converting it to Vitamin A, which protects skin and increases cell turnover. You can even put slices of sweet potato over your eyes (in lieu of cucumber) to reduce puffiness!
Red wines get their color from the skin of the grapes they're made with, which also happen to contain a powerful antioxidant called resveratrol. This is a great protector when it comes to UV radiation, and therefore prevents your skin cells from aging as quickly. What can't red wine cure?