If your skin doesn’t have the same glow it used to or you’re not even sure it’s ever really had it, there’s a lot you can do to glow it up.
There always are tricks with foundation and lighting to create the appearance of an even tone, moisturized sheen and internal luminescence. In the long run though, it’s better to ensure you actually have healthy skin by caring for it properly and leading an overall healthy lifestyle.
This includes a healthy diet — and here are a few foods containing nutrients that boost your skin health:
- Almonds — These all-around nutritional heavy-hitters carry a form of vitamin E called alpha-tocopherols that help to lock moisture into the skin and prevent discoloration. They’re also heavy on linoleic acids, which also build the skin barrier while aiding in wrinkle reduction.
- Avocados — Rich in healthy monounsaturated fats, avocados can boost your skin barrier and membrane structure. Research also indicates they include compounds that help protect us from UV damage, speed skin care and improve eczema and other chronic skin conditions.
- Cucumbers — They’re 95% water so they can hydrate your skin on top of the copious amount of fluid you need to be drinking anyway, so slip them into your salads.
They also have anti-inflammatory properties that reduce puffiness and soothe irritation.
- Kale — One of the most nutrient-dense foods known to humanity includes glucoraphanin, which can tamp down oxidative stress, and vitamins A and B, which encourage new cell production, keeping skin plump and supple.
- Mangoes — These delectable tropical treats are teeming with carotenoids, which help to promote collagen production, and vitamin C, an antioxidant that also helps skin retain its moisture.
- Oysters — They contain more zinc per ounce than any other food, a trace mineral that plays a key role in collagen production, wound healing and protecting against infection.
- Tomatoes — Found in tomatoes, lycopene is an especially potent carotenoid for our skin health, able to squelch free radicals and firing up your skin’s defenses against inflammation and oxidative stress. It can prevent discoloration, changes in textures and fine lines and wrinkles.