Like any other organ of your body, your skin is affected by the nutrients you feed it through diet. While topical treatments can help address the symptoms of malnourished complexions, the best way to renew your skin is by providing it with the essential ingredients it needs to heal, rebuild and refresh itself from the inside out.
As you’ve heard time and time again, a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains goes a far way in keeping your body healthy and skin luminous. But which items are specifically known to enrich skin? Check out our list of skin-healthy (and delicious!) foods to add to your next grocery list:
- Oily Fish. Think mackerel, salmon, albacore tuna, herring, lake trout, flounder and sardines. These fish are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential to heart health and brain function, but which also help reduce dry and flaky skin conditions, such as acne and psoriasis.
- Whole Grains. Loaded with antioxidants and fiber, whole grains work to keep your body full and satisfied, while also providing protection against free radicals that cause blemishes in skin. As an added benefit, these grains also stabilize blood sugarand prevent insulin spikes. For a change from traditional wheat, try power foods quinoa and millet.
- Leafy Greens. Including green vegetables such as spinach, kale and broccoli, leafy greens are packed with inflammation-fighting nutrients and antioxidants that help ward off environmental irritations.
- Purple and Deep Red Fruits and Veggies. While it might sound strange, studies have shown that these highly pigmented foods are high in antioxidants and help maintain blood flow to skin, which promotes optimal cell turnover, keeping pores clear. These foods include acai, pomegranates, purple carrots, black grapes and beets.
- Green Tea. Containing high levels of the powerful antioxidant catechin EGCG, green tea is a very effective anti-inflammatory and works to keep your skin clean and clear. Just be sure to check labels on bottled tea, as it can often contain high levels of added sugar (or just try brewing your own!)