The best healthy-skin plan encompasses a solid daily skin care approach, lifestyle, and diet, so it’s no surprise that good eating habits—or lack thereof—can affect the health and appearance of your skin. Certain foods go above and beyond, offering antioxidant benefits that cannot be achieved through skin care alone.
“More studies are finding links between certain nutrients and wrinkle reduction, radiance, and acne prevention,” says Dr. ZeinObagi. “Eating a diet rich in whole grains, amino acids, and antioxidant rich foods makes your cell membranes healthier. Skin should be protected from the outside as well, so daily sunscreen protection is essential and maintaining the barrier function will keep skin looking and feeling younger and healthier throughout your life.”
6 Good Skin Foods:
- Cocoa – Chocolate and cocoa contain high levels of flavonoids, which is an antioxidant.
- Pomegranates – This yummy red fruit is a great source of free radical fighting antioxidants.
- Greek Yogurt – Greek yogurt is especially beneficial due to its high protein content, which can be twice as much as other yogurts.
- Edamame – Soy isoflavones can help lighten pigment, reduce dark spots, and even out skin tone.
- Green Tea – High in antioxidants and EGCG, green tea offers skin important benefits, including to help reduce redness and inflammation, and enhance skin’s sun protection factor.
- Walnuts – These delicious multipurpose snacks are loaded with protein and omega-3 essential fatty acids to boost collagen production.