Lotions and potions can take a bite out of your wallet, but the secret to radiant skin can actually be found in your refrigerator and pantry. Many of the foods you’ll find there are loaded with nutrients that can help your skin get a youthful, healthy glow. Here are three of them.
1. Carotenoid-rich fruits and veggies
Think tomatoes, carrots, apricots, and other deliciously colorful produce. These are all high in a plant compound called carotenoids, yellow, orange, and red pigments that act as antioxidants [Link to Alpha Lipoic Acid or Mixed Tocotrienols] the body. A study out of the University of Illinois found that carotenoids actually changed the appearance of people’s skins. Researchers asked 35 adults to write down what they ate and recorded participants’ skin color using a sensitive light scanner. Over a six-week period, skin color increased in overall radiance with just three to four daily servings of carotenoid-rich produce daily.1
Try this: Bring hummus and carrot sticks to the golf course for a mid-round snack, make lasagna with zucchini or spaghetti squash and add some extra tomatoes into the sauce, or keep dried apricots in a sealed baggie in your desk drawer for afternoon cravings.
Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries … are not only sweet for your taste buds, they’re also luscious for your face. They’re high in vitamin C, which helps produce collagen. Collagen, the most abundant protein in the skin, gives it strength and structure and maintains its elasticity. A study using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that women with higher C intake from foods had skin that looked younger.2
Berries are also rich in antioxidants, which fight the damage free radicals can cause to the skin at a cellular level.
Try this: Blend up a smoothie with frozen berries and low-fat yogurt, throw berries into a salad to sweeten things up, or put some into your oatmeal at breakfast.
We often recommend salmon to help keep the heart healthy. But did you know that fatty fish is also good for your skin? Fish is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are responsible for the health of cell membranes, including those that surround delicate skin cells. That means that it helps beneficial nutrients to get into the cell, blocks harmful substances from getting in, and helps transport waste products out. It also boosts the skin’s ability to hold water, which makes it look and feel softer, smoother, and wrinkle free.
Omega-3 fatty acids also help prime the body’s natural anti-inflammatory response, which helps keep your skin looking healthy. If you don’t like fish, look for walnuts, chia seeds, and omega-3s enriched eggs.*
Try this: Bring pouches of tuna on the go, swap out meat burgers for salmon burgers (find them in the frozen foods section of your grocery store), or switch the ground meat to fish on Taco Tuesdays.
It tastes good to look good!
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1. Whitehead RD, Re D, Xiao D, Ozakinci G, Perrett DI. You are what you eat: within-subject increases in fruit and vegetable consumption confer beneficial skin-color changes. PLoS One. 2012;7(3):e32988. PMID: 22412966.
2. Cosgrove MC, Franco OH, Granger SP, Murray PG, Mayes AE. Dietary nutrient intakes and skin-aging appearance among middle-aged American women. Am J Clin Nutr. 2007;86(4):1225-31. PMID: 17921406.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.