In the search for a better complexion, many people load up their medicine cabinet. But, you might be better off loading up the pantry.
From fighting wrinkles to easing acne, the solution could lie in your diet. One Dermatologist says you can start improving your skin with ten “super foods” for your face.
Dr. Lesley Clark-Loeser says she is often asked by patients how to improve their complexions, and her answer is eating right. Her top ten list of super skin foods starts off with almonds, rich in vitamin E, which can ward off the harmful rays of the sun.
“By eating a small amount of almonds, you’re giving your skin enough vitamin E to protect your skin against cellular damage,” says Clark-Loeser.
Vitamin A gives carrots a powerful punch in promoting cellular turnover. “We’re all familiar in dermatology with retinoids, retin A, retinol,” says Clark-Loeser, “well, this is your food version of retin A.”
Flaxseeds contain omega three fatty acids, which can ease skin irritation and redness. Green tea contains catechins, an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. But be sure to drink it hot.
“Cold green tea is not going to offer you the same benefit as hot green tea,” says Clark-Loeser.
The omega 6 fatty acids in safflower oil help hydrate the skin. The folate in spinach can prevent and even reverse DNA damage. Sweet potatoes are a great source of vitamin C, which is linked to collagen remodeling. And lycopene, an antioxidant found in tomatoes, fights free radical damage that leads to skin aging. “Tomatoes are better cooked than raw, so as you stew and cook a tomato, you’re helping release and deliver that lycopene,” says Clark-Loeser.
And that healthy lunch favorite, tuna in a can, is full of another antioxidant, selenium, a nutrient that helps preserve elastin, keeping your skin smoother.
Last, but not least on the top ten list, dark chocolate. It’s full of flavonoids, which are antioxidants that can improve skin texture and guard against skin damage.