20 Foods That Improve Skin Health

08/29/16 – Skin Health

You probably already know the importance of eating a healthy, balanced diet. But did you know that what you eat also has a big impact on the health and appearance of your skin? What you eat can be just as important as topical lotions and creams designed to preserve that healthy glow. So we compiled a list of 20 foods that are good for you and your skin.

  1. Blueberries — Antioxidants in blueberries help fight signs of aging skin.
  2. Fish — Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, fish stimulates your skin’s natural oil production to hydrate skin without clogging pores.
  3. Water — Although technically not a food, water keeps you and your skin hydrated.
  4. Yogurt — The same probiotics that help digestion can improve skin-related conditions, such as rosacea or inflammation.
  5. Sweet Potatoes — High in vitamin A, sweet potatoes can be effective at reducing wrinkles.
  6. Broccoli — Nutrient-packed broccoli contains vitamins A and C, which help reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
  7. Avocado — Healthy fats and vitamins from avocados enhance complexion and reduce signs of aging.
  8. Olive Oil — Antioxidant polyphenols in olive oil can reduce the damaging effects free radicals have on skin.
  9. Tomatoes — While not a replacement for sunscreen, lycopene in tomatoes improves skin’s natural SPF.
  10. Dark Chocolate — Yep! In moderation, the cocoa flavanols, plant compounds, and antioxidant properties in dark chocolate help hydrate skin and improve circulation.
  11. Kale — Lutein and zeaxanthin, key nutrients in kale, absorb and neutralize free radicals caused by UV light.
  12. Walnuts — The nut highest in omega-3 fatty acids, specifically alpha-linolenic acid, walnuts can help fight dry skin and eczema.
  13. Lean Beef — With its high ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids, protein in lean beef promotes collagen and elastin tissue growth, keeping skin firm and reducing wrinkles.
  14. Soy — Isoflavone in soy has been found to improve skin elasticity by decreasing collagen breakdown, smoothing fine lines and reducing sagging.
  15. Oysters — This food is low in calories and high in zinc, a mineral with huge impact on the growth and function of healthy skin cells.
  16. Kiwi — A vitamin C super fruit, kiwis have nutrients that stimulate collagen to fend off dryness and wrinkles.
  17. Eggs — A diet high in fat is often a factor associated with aging, but the low-fat and high-protein content in eggs can prolong youthful skin.
  18. Pumpkin — Your body converts the beta-carotene found in pumpkins to vitamin A, stimulating skin cell growth for soft, smooth skin.
  19. Sunflower Seeds — The large amount of vitamin E in these tiny seeds can help fight off acne-causing inflammation.
  20. Carrots — The carotenoid content in carrots helps skin achieve a healthy, radiant glow.

Taking dietary supplements is another way to increase your intake of antioxidants. Learn more about how the antioxidant properties in Heliocare® can help your skin protect itself against the harmful effects of free radicals.*

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease

 

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