9 Best Foods for Skin

on November 6, 2013
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When people think “skincare,” they think of expensive creams and facial treatments. Rather than shelling over big bucks at the dermatologist, head to the kitchen and get cooking. There are many nutrient-rich foods that work on the cellular level to help smooth wrinkles, moisturize and keep skin firm. To treat your skin from inside-out, reach for these 9 skin-friendly foods.

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Avocados

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Blueberries

This little fruit is another healthy handful on our list. The high antioxidant content found in blueberries keeps skin looking youthful by protecting against harmful free radical damage. Blueberries are also packed with vitamin C, which is essential for collagen production. If blueberries aren't your favorite, you can find similar antioxidants in other berries such as blackberries, strawberries, and plums.

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Tuna

Luminous skin might be as simple as cracking open a can of tuna. Canned tuna is chock-full of good-for-you nutrients, including selenium, a mineral that prevents cellular damage and preserves the elastin in skin to keep it firm. To reap the skin-healthy benefits of tuna, steer clear from fatty mayo-based tuna salads. According to a Dartmouth University study, you can pack the most selenium-filled punch by eating light tuna or tuna fish in water.

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Green Tea

We’ve all heard about the belly-busting benefits of green tea, but did you know this wonder beverage can also give you glowing skin? According to a study from the University of Maryland, green tea is a storehouse of polyphenols, compounds that may protect against sun damage, improve elasticity and reduce redness in the skin. Sip on that!

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Oysters

Best known as an aphrodisiac, oysters don’t just boost sex drive—they also boost skin health. A stellar source of zinc, the shellfish may help repair skin cells and even tame acne flare-ups. Find out more zinc-rich foods here.

Spinach

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Sweet Potatoes

Here’s some sweet news: Sweet potatoes are loaded with a variety of minerals and antioxidants that promote healthy, younger-looking skin. The spuds are also a rich source of Vitamin C, which smoothes out wrinkles, maintains elasticity and prevents age spots. Additionally, sweet potatoes have a high content of Vitamin A, which has been found to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of aging.

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Walnuts

Long touted for its heart-healthy benefits, this bite-sized nut also does big wonders for your complexion. Walnuts are a rich source of omega 3 fatty acids, which nourish cell membranes and block toxins for more moisturized, healthier skin. What’s more, the nuts are loaded with copper, a mineral that boosts collagen production. Grab a handful of walnuts as an afternoon snack, or crumble on top of salads.

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Whole Grains

You’ve heard by now that whole grains are good for you, and there’s more than a grain of truth to this claim. Whole grains don’t just maintain digestive health—they also keep skin beautiful by acting as an internal skin moisturizer. Biotin, a B-vitamin contained in whole grains, processes fats and moisturizes skin from the inside-out.