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Diet and Nutrition: Healthy You, Healthy Skin

The foods you eat have a huge impact on your skin’s health and complexion. Get the most out of your food with the easy diet tips below to maintain vibrant, youthful-looking skin.

Good Eats for Your Skin

Citrus, Fruits, and Peppers

These foods are loaded with vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps protect skin against surface free radicals. These free radicals are generated from UV rays and environmental pollutants, causing wrinkles and eventually a loss of skin firmness.

Salmon, Eggs, and Dairy

These foods are good sources of vitamin D, a nutrient that helps the body absorb calcium for strong bones. And bone loss can contribute to sagging skin. Salmon is also high in essential fatty acids, like omega 3s, that help reduce inflammation.

Orange Fruits and Vegetables

Carrots, squash, sweet potatoes and mangoes, with their characteristic orange color, contain high levels of carotenoids, a derivative of Vitamin A. They provide antioxidants and help protect skin against surface free radicals which damage skin cells.

Berries

Blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries are all high in antioxidants that also help to protect against free radicals.

Nuts and Polyunsaturated Oils

Walnuts, almonds, olive and canola oils, and flax seeds all provide essential fatty acids, are key to preventing moisture loss and protecting skin from pollutants.

Water

Try to drink about 64 ounces of water a day for naturally hydrated skin. Add variety by drinking seltzer or adding fruit or cucumber slices to your water for a refreshing twist.