The secret to great skin isn’t only found in a bottle. What you eat can have a tremendous effect on your complexion, too. That’s why Women’s Health reported on the topic in their April issue. Lisa Drayer, a registered dietitian and author of The Beauty Diet , revealed 11 skin super foods you should start incorporating into your diet today. Here, four of my favorites.
Almonds: An easy snack to keep in your handbag or desk drawer at all times, this super food staves off hunger and the sun thanks to vitamin E. Studies suggest that the free-radical fighting antioxidant can help protect skin from UV light, possibly reducing sunburns.
Green Tea: This mighty leaf has had some mighty media attention over the last few years boasting it’s all-around goodness, but when it comes to your skin, it offers anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer benefits.
Dark Chocolate: Every healthy diet includes chocolate, right? Dark chocolate has antioxidant powers, too. Flavonols have been shown to improve skin texture and protect against sun damage.
Sweet Potatoes: This orange veggie packs a big punch of vitamin C, which is needed for collagen production. Collagen and smooth skin go hand in hand, so if you don’t want to see wrinkles, get your C!
Read Women’s Health to discover the other seven stars. And for the record, alcohol, salty snacks, fried foods and refined carbs are skin sabotagers so consume them carefully.