Nutrients that help your inner organs function well are obviously going to be good for the biggest organ you’ve got — your skin.
But just as specific vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other substances excel at aiding different bodily functions, different nutrients boost or reverse various skin-related processes and result in a brighter, more youthful complexion.
Below are 10 skin-enriching foods and their “specialties”:
Almonds — These are among the nuts highest in vitamin E content, which reduces the inflammatory process that leads to skin damage and wrinkles.
Blueberries — These are loaded with antioxidants protecting the skin against free radicals that age skin during sun exposure and stress and lead to fine lines on the surface.
Broccoli — Vitamin C is the key here; it stimulates the production of collagen, which tends to wane with age and lead to the wrinkles and sagging that everyone’s trying to avoid.
Dark chocolate — Chocolate containing at least 70% cocoa can lock in your skin’s moisture, protect it from sun damage and reduce wrinkles through its vitamins, calcium and iron.
Greek yogurt — A healthy microbiome in your gut protects you inside and out, and this yogurt promotes that system while also adding protein, another building block for collagen.
Green tea — Its catechins are one of the best weapons we have against hyperpigmentation and other damage from sun overexposure, and its polyphenols have anti-aging properties.
Olive oil — This healthy oil has antioxidants and omega-3s to fight aging in your heart, your brain and your skin, in part by improving circulation. It’s also found in many skin care products.
Pomegranates — These have lots of vitamin C, which also contains natural antimicrobials that can ward off breakouts and skin inflammation related to eczema and acne.
Salmon — This and other cold-water oily fishes like tuna and mackerel are the most efficient sources of omega-3s; flaxseed, walnuts, tofu and other plant sources are just about as good.
Tomatoes — They’re a tremendous source of lycopene, one of the most powerful antioxidants there is. It protects against free radicals, prevents fine lines and leads to plumper skin.