If you want to improve your skin’s look and feel, you can do so by altering your diet. The old adage, “You are what you eat,” is very true. If you adopt a gluten free diet and consume the foods listed below, they’ll help to prevent celiac disease, eczema and psoriasis.
Here’s a food that we can all get behind! Dark chocolate contains key antioxidants called flavonols. These help the skin stay smooth and also guard against the sun’s rays. If you’d prefer to drink your dark chocolate, consume cocoa that is fortified with flavonols. You’ll notice an improvement in your skin texture and you won’t be so sensitive to the sun.
These taste fantastic and they actually contain a ton of vitamin C that will prevent wrinkling. There’s so much vitamin C in sweet potatoes that it can actually smooth out existing wrinkles. The vitamin is critical to the creation of collagen. An abundance of collagen prevents creases and wrinkles.
One of the best foods for healthy skin is almonds. While many think of almonds as nuts, they are actually seeds. They are jam packed with vitamin E that will prove critical in your fight against sun spots and skin cancer. Studies have shown that those who consume 20 almonds per day sunburn less than individuals who consumed no almonds. Vitamin E really does protect your sensitive skin against harmful UV rays and other nasty free radicals that attack your cells.
While tomatoes are a bit tasteless, they can do wonders for your skin. They have a phytochemical called lycopene that combats free radicals that prematurely age the skin. It is prudent to heat your tomatoes before eating them as it will active the components of the lycopene. Mix tomatoes into your pasta sauce, put them on top of your pizza or eat them with some salt, pepper and olive oil.
Although diminutive, flaxseeds have omega 3 fatty acids that eliminate the fine lines and spots on your skin. Mix them into your cereal or oatmeal and you’ll notice that your skin radiates and doesn’t feel as sensitive. The fats in flaxseeds actually draw water into your skin cells for moisture that prevents wrinkles.
Green tea is a health wonder. It releases an anti-inflammatory antioxidant called catechins that can reverse sun damage and fight skin cancer. Just be sure to drink your green tea when it is hot as the antioxidants aren’t as effective when the temperature is decreased.
Spinach is a superfood thanks to its amazing amount of vitamins and nutrients. Its folates prevent skin tumors and skin cancer. They help to repair DNA and actually help cells renew themselves. Spinach also contains water that seeps into cell membranes to generate plump, wrinkle free skin.
Carrots are amazing for your entire body but are particularly helpful for your skin and eyes. They are chock full of vitamin A that helps to eliminate acne and other skin imperfections. The vitamin A in carrots really helps to prevent an excess of cells in the skin’s outermost layer. As a result, there’s less dead cells and sebum to fill pores. This creates clear skin that glows and feels great. Vitamin A also cuts down on the chance of skin cancer cells forming as well.
Feasting on a variety of these foods have great benefits for your skin, you might say you can quite literally, eat your way to healthier skin!
Eberting is a board certified dermatologist who has dedicated her career to research and treatment of skin ailments. She writes regularly at