As important as it is to have a good skincare regimen, the foods you eat impact your skin as much as the products you apply. While balanced nutrition is the best thing you can do to support healthy skin, there are several vitamins and minerals that contribute to glowing, flawless skin. Here are three components of your diet to address for your best skin ever.
If you have acne-prone skin, cutting back on sugar is one of the most important steps you can take to reduce breakouts. High sugar intake causes insulin levels to spike. This can aggravate acne and other skin problems like eczema. Focus on whole fruits and nuts instead to give your skin a break.
Tomatoes are high in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that fights free radicals in the skin. Think of tomatoes as a natural sunblock; a recent study found people who have a diet high in tomatoes have better protection against the sun with skin that has higher levels of pro-collagen, a molecule that gives skin its structure and elasticity. Eating cooked tomatoes is the easiest way to increase your body’s absorption of lycopene to fight sun damage.
Essential fatty acids, which are found in salmon, walnuts, and flaxseed, support cell membranes to help skin cells remove harmful invaders and waste while bringing in nutrients. Cell membranes work to hold water inside the cell. The stronger your skin cell membranes, the more moisture they can hold for plumper and healthier-looking skin. Essential fatty acids also reduce inflammation that contributes to acne and redness.