A healthy diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables is essential for healthy, youthful-looking skin. Foods that are rich in antioxidants, potassium and vitamins A, C and E are extremely important for cell development and collagen production. Here are seven good sources to include in your diet on a regular basis.
Include avocado in everything from sandwiches and salad dressings to smoothies and even skin care products. Avocado is rich in antioxidants, vitamin E, potassium and healthy mono-unsaturated fats. That makes this superfood a winner when it comes to keeping your skin smooth, moisturized and plump. Additionally, applying avocado oil to skin may even stimulate collagen production — so the next time you need a facial, look no farther than your refrigerator.
All teas offer antioxidants that enhance and protect your skin. Green and white teas, however, pack a more potent punch for your skin. With twice the amount of antioxidants than black tea, these may be the most effective teas in protecting skin from sun damage and pollutants in your environment.
Berries of any kind are an excellent source of antioxidants and help save cells from premature aging. With their potent vitamin C content, strawberries are especially good for skin. In a 2007 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, high vitamin C intake was associated with a lower likelihood of wrinkles and skin dryness.
High in vitamin A and potassium, romaine lettuce is a natural skin saver. Its vitamin A helps revitalize skin by increasing cell turnover, and its potassium helps prevent fluid retention and puffiness.
For a fresh, anti-aging meal, try a salad with sliced almonds, romaine, balsamic vinegar, strawberries and grated parmesan cheese.
Snack on a few carrot sticks for a dose of vitamin A and carotenes. This all-around good anti-aging food is essential for healthy skin and cellular development. Plus, the beta carotene will help you see your youthful glow a little more clearly.
Broccoli and its cruciferous cousins – cabbage, cauliflower, kale and brussel sprouts – help the body fight toxins. Work them into your diet for better health inside and out.
Sweet and hydrating, watermelon offers vitamins A, B and C, while its seeds provide vitamin E, zinc, essential fats and selenium. All help fight the visible signs of aging.
Not sure if you can stomach the seeds? Try juicing your watermelon, seeds and all, and including it in a tropical fruit smoothie.