Skin is the largest organ of the body, so it’s imperative that we take care of it. While topical creams and dermatological treatments can help, what you put into your body is just as important.
We talked to Lindsey Yeh, board-certified dermatologist and owner of B.TOX.BAR in Los Gatos, California, about which superfoods will help us achieve healthy, glowing skin.
Blueberries get their deep blue hue from anthocyanins, a sub-category of antioxidants that slow the oxidation that causes damage to our cells.
Tomatoes contain lycopene, another antioxidant that gives this versatile food its red color. These strong antioxidant properties slow oxidation and help protect against cancer.
Carrots are high in beta carotene, a precursor to Vitamin A. “We use Vitamin A topically for many things, such as acne treatment and anti-aging,” Dr. Yeh says. “It increases cell turnover and delays wrinkles.”
Oranges are a rich source of Vitamin C, which boosts immune function and helps protect against UV photodamage. Vitamin C can improve the appearance of dark spots and wrinkles, leading to more youthful-looking skin.
“Eggs are a complete protein, which means they have all of the nine essential amino acids that your body cannot make on its own,” Dr. Yeh says.
Cucumbers contain approximately 96% water, providing nourishing hydration to your skin. Hydration is important for keeping your face feeling smooth and supple.
Walnuts contain omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids help your skin retain moisture, making your skin appear more radiant.
Avocados are loaded with healthy, monosaturated and polysaturated fats to help moisturize and soften the skin.
Kale contains an abundance of healthy skin ingredients. Vitamin A stimulates collagen production and increases cell turnover, and Vitamin C helps prevent free-radical damage.
Salmon is not only a good source of protein, but it’s also high in omega-3 fatty acids. “Omega 3s are important for reducing inflammation,” Dr. Yeh says. Inflammation can lead to skin diseases such as eczema and psoriasis.