Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, right? But we all want to look beautiful. Even if you don’t have flawless skin (and who does?), there are ways to nourish your skin from the inside out. Here are five foods for healthy skin:
- Yogurt – the protein in dairy can help skin become firmer, so it’s more resistant to lines. Greek yogurt is especially beneficial since the protein content is often double that of regular yogurt. Eat a single serving each day for a smoother complexion.
- Almonds – almonds are actually seeds, not nuts and they’re loaded with vitamin E, a potent sun blocker. In one study subjects who consumed 14 milligrams of vitamin E per day (roughly 20 almonds), and were then exposed to UV light sunburned less than those who took none. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect your skin.
- Fatty Fish – fish that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids should be part of a healthy skin diet. Omega-3s are an excellent source of oil for the skin and don’t clog pores. If you’re watching your fat content, your skin can actually suffer becoming dull and dry. You need some oils to maintain that healthy glow.
- Carrots – carrots are rich in beta-carotene, an antioxidant that is converted to vitamin A within the body. It’s helps repair skin tissue and protects against the harsh rays of the sun. Grab a carrot for a snack, chop them into salads and if you want an extra dose of beta-carotene, cook them since cooked carrots deliver even more of this skin-friendly nutrient.
- Leafy Greens – leafy greens like spinach, kale and bok choy have a high mineral content combined with carotenoids that support skin tone and elimination of toxins. A recent study found that women who consumed a higher intake of leafy greens had a lower incidence of wrinkles.