If we are what we eat, wouldn’t it be great if we could just eat someone with great skin? (Okay, maybe that’s taking it a bit too far.) Instead, try chowing down on these five foods that can help support better skin cell turnover and smoother, more wrinkle-free skin.
These antioxidant powerhouses sure won’t leave you feeling blue. (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself!) With nearly 40 percent more antioxidant capacity than strawberries and high quantities of vitamin C (according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture), these delicious berries help strengthen collagen formation to reduce the signs of aging.
Up your intake by tossing them in your morning smoothie or sprinkling them over cereal for a skin-smoothing start to the day.
2. Lean protein
Your skin can’t repair itself without a healthy dose of protein. Not sure where to start? Think skinless white-meat poultry, chickpeas, lentils, beans, and tofu to help skin make new cells and keep up with repairs.
3. Olive oil
As if you needed another reason to drizzle on this healthy oil, olive oil is also a great source of oleic acid, a fatty acid that keeps cell membranes fluid and keeps skin soft and taut. The oil also contains vitamin E and polyphenols to help protect skin from free radicals.
Sprinkle it on your salads or lightly brush oil onto chicken or fish before grilling.
One of the best benefits to these tasty red fruits (besides their scrumption addition to BLTs) is a hefty serving of lycopene. This antioxidant helps maintain smoother texture in skin and—as an added bonus—can help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease.
Slice tomatoes into a refreshing caprese salad or use crushed versions from a can to create your own marinara sauce—cooked tomatoes actually contain higher doses of lycopene!
5. Nuts & seeds
Make like a squirrel and keep a store of nuts and seeds on hand for easy access. Almonds and sunflower seeds are high in vitamin E, which, when combined with vitamin C, can help fight sun damage. Serve yours with a side of orange slices for maximum results.
To help decrease the appearance of wrinkles, crunch down on a handful of walnuts or flaxseed to take advantage their high quantities of linoleic acid for firmer, more moisturized skin.