Foods for Glowing Skin

There are many lifestyle factors that can improve the health of your skin: wearing sunscreen and protective clothing, refraining from smoking (damages collagen and elastin), moisturizing as needed, and managing stress levels. But did you know that there are dietary choices you can make to help your skin look great? Let’s break them down.

Fruits and Vegetables: fruits and vegetables naturally contain vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that help reverse damage in our bodies or promote new growth. There are a few essential nutrients for the health of our skin, although all of them are important! 

Lemons, limes, kiwis, strawberries, and broccoli are all excellent sources of Vitamin C and have been shown to assist with the health of our skin, helping to create collagen.

Carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, and spinach are all good sources of beta-carotene. Beta carotene can be converted to Vitamin A in our bodies which is needed for skin cell turnover.

Lutein and zeaxanthin are found in greens such as kale which have been shown to protect our eyes and skin from sun damage. 

Fresh Herbs: including fresh herbs in your cooking such as thyme, rosemary, basil, or parsley regularly can help with increased antioxidant consumption too.

Omega-3s: omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to decrease inflammatory processes in our body. Foods such as fatty fish like salmon or tuna, flax seeds, chia seeds all contain omega-3s. 

Water: hydrated skin is healthy skin! Aim for about half your body weight in fluid ounces/day. For a bonus, infuse some fresh fruits and vegetables like strawberries or cucumbers into your water for flavor. Plus, if you are drinking more water it can replace other beverages in your diet such as sodas, energy drinks, and other sugar sweetened beverages which may hinder your skin’s natural glow.

Christine Steinmetz