When you skin starts to become dry or break out, you most likely run to the pharmacy and grab the latest moisturizer or anti-aging cream. Seldom do we stop and think that our diet may be contributing to our skin issues. While there is no magic cure for perfect skin, the following foods do promote healthy skin, especially now during wintertime when cold weather can wreak havoc on our hands and face.
Low fat dairy, dark orange and dark green veggies contain vitamin A that helps to heal damaged tissue.
Blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and plums contain antioxidants that protect cells and improve cell health. Veggies such as artichokes, beans and pecans are also high in antioxidants.
Salmon and flax seed contain omega-3 fatty acids which contribute to skin elasticity and strength.
Olive oils that are cold or expeller processed or extra virgin contain vitamin E that preserves collagen and prevents wrinkle formation.
Green tea exhibits anti-inflammatory properties that may prevent the risk of skin cancer.
Water is important in preventing dehydration and also preserving healthy skin. Water flushes toxins out of the body that may cause skin breakouts.
Hass avocados and almonds are other healthy skin foods. While honey is a great ingredient to make your own honey beauty recipes!
Research assistance provided by Jessica Bennett
Disclosure: I am a nutrition spokesperson for the Hass Avocado Board, National Honey Board, and Almond Board of California.