Yes, you can pile on every product under the sun, day in and day out. Or, try to be totally Zen to zap the stress, all in an effort to make your complexion truly gorgeous. But, the truth is, when it comes to skin — along with how you feel, too — you truly are what you eat.
Calm Down Sensitive Skin
What to eat: Salmon (preferably wild instead of farmed), flax seeds, walnuts and olive oil, as well as raspberries and chia seeds.
Why: “Good fats that are found in salmon, flax seeds, walnuts, and olive oil, for example, help rebuild cell membranes and reduce dry, flaky, and irritated skin, as well as providing antioxidants and anti-inflammatories to keep skin balanced,” says Howard Murad, MD,
Protect Skin From UV Damage
What to eat: Pomegranates, goji berries, tomatoes, and broccoli.
Why: “In addition to applying sunscreen, I also recommend eating your sunscreen,” says Murad. “To boost the efficacy of topical sunscreen, eat fruits that contain nutrients that can protect you from the inside out.” Pomegranates are a great source of pomphenol (as well as the aforementioned ellagic acid), a potent antioxidant that has been shown to increase the power of SPF by helping to decrease the amount of free-radical damage in the body.
Ward Off Fine Lines And Wrinkles
What to eat: Foods that are packed with vitamin C (like kale and berries), as well as eggs, beans, seeds, goji berries, and avocados.
Why: “Kale, as well as most berries (like blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, cranberries and strawberries), have tons of vitamin A, C, and calcium which are all good for skin. But, it’s specifically their high content of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, that makes it an especially good food for fighting premature aging due to UV damage,” explains Lynch.