The Food Solution: Eat Your Way to Better Skin

Just about any dermatologist will tell you that what you put in your body is what determines your health – including the health of your skin. You can take that $100 you spend on face creams every month and instead hit the grocery store for these skin solutions.

Solve Sensitive Skin

When you have a reaction, it is your skin’s way of telling you that it is ticked off about something you are doing. You can actually calm down the reaction by taking in healthy fats (those omega-3s you always hear about), antioxidants and anti-inflammatories that are found in foods like salmon, walnuts and olive oil.

Eat these now: Wild salmon, yogurt with raspberries, oatmeal or salad with flaxseed sprinkled on top, chia pudding

Eat Your Sunscreen

No, not literally – that’s probably toxic. But, in addition to slathering on the white stuff, you can also eat plenty of foods that actually boost the efficacy of the SPF. Pomphenol is a powerful antioxidant that decreases the damage free radicals cause and is found in foods like pomegranates. Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, which a University of Michigan study has found can help prevent sunburn.

Eat these now: Sandwich or salad with tomatoes, homemade marinara sauce over whole wheat pasta, pomegranates, goji berries, broccoli

Smooth Moves

Wrinkles got you down? Not for long. Foods packed with vitamin A, C and calcium are great for your skin. In fact, check the label on some of those products in your bathroom drawer – they likely contain retinol – which is basically vitamin A – and vitamin C. Instead of putting something artificial on your skin, grab natural sources and reap the benefits. Amino acids found in eggs and seeds boost collagen production, which is what gives your skin its elasticity and vibrance.

Eat these now: Kale chips, berries, beans, avocado, scrambled eggs at breakfast, a handful of almonds

Tone It Down

If you have blotchy skin, you can even out the tone by eating more vitamin A – yup, that retinol rearing its head again. Foods high in vitamin A help regulate your skin and help the process of shedding dead cells.

Eat these now: Orange and green fruits and veggies: carrots, cantaloupe and apricots, spinach, green beans and Swiss Chard

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

Of its many amazing properties, water hydrates your skin. All cells require water to function, and your skin is no different. While drinking H20 is important, you can add a plethora of other vitamins and nutrients – like fiber and antioxidants – by eating foods rich in water.

Eat these now: Watermelon, cucumbers, zucchini, eggplant