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3 Foods for Great Skin

Posted on March 20 2020

A great skin routine is more than just the product you apply and the masks you use. Healthy skin on the outside starts with what you put inside. As the science behind diets become clearer, studies are uncovering is that what you put in your body has a tremendous impact on the health, texture and aging of your skin.

Here are a few foods that you can incorporate into your diet to give yourself healthy, radiant skin.

Carrots and sweet potatoes

This seems like an odd pairing, but what they have in common is an orange color which is a dead giveaway for foods high in beta-carotene. When eaten, it turns into Vitamin A which plays a role in cellular collagen production, promoting healing, preventing breakouts and supporting the skin's immune system.

Beta-carotene can protect your skin from the effects of sun exposure. After eating sweet potatoes, the antioxidants get absorbed into the skin, helping prevent sunburn, skin cell death and wrinkles. Not bad for a food that already tastes delicious!

Salmon and other fatty fish

Eating salmon, mackerel and herring on a regular basis can do wonders for your skin. High in omega-3 fatty acids, these fish help keep your skin strong, moisturized and reduce inflammation. Having a deficiency of omega-3s can lead directly to dry, flaky skin.

Fatty fish is also an excellent source of protein and vitamin E. The vitamin is an important antioxidant for your skin, helping protect against damage from free radicals and inflammation. The protein in the fish not only helps strengthen your muscles but strengthens the skin as well.

Nuts

The list of benefits of nuts is a long one, so we’re just scratching the surface here.

Walnuts are high in copper which promote collagen production to help improve skin’s texture. FUN FACT: Walnut shells are used in skincare products to promote exfoliation and the removal of dead skin cells.

Almonds are high in fatty acids, protein, fiber and vitamin E. Snacking on these powerful nuts help tighten and hydrate skin while defending against acne, eczema and dark spots.

Pistachios are known to be heart healthy, but the antioxidants in these nuts help decrease acne growth by regulating blood sugar levels that carry androgen, the acne-causing hormone.