Skincare is clutch, but the key to a healthy complexion starts with what’s on your plate. The right foods can improve skin’s appearance, prevent wrinkles, and protect against sun damage.
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Satisfy between-meal hunger with almonds. The nuts are rich in vitamin E, an antioxidant that fends off the free radical damage that leads to dullness and wrinkles, and may prevent the weathering of skin, according to dermatologist Ahmet Altiner, M.D., assistant professor of clinical dermatology at Cornell University and owner of UWS Dermatology & Skin Care in New York City.For all your skincare needs, head over to Amazon.com/MensGrooming
2. Red Peppers
Toss a half-cup of these peppers into your next stir-fry or salad and you’ll score nearly half of the vitamin C you need in a day. Like other antioxidants, the nutrient protects against skin-damaging free radicals. The body also uses vitamin C to produce collagen, the protein that gives skin its firmness. Don’t like peppers? Opt for other C-rich foods, like papayas, strawberries, kiwi, and kale.Fit Food: The Benefits of Kale >>>
This crunchy vegetable can help you glow from the inside out. In a study from Scotland’s St. Andrews University, people improved their skin tone after six weeks when they added one to three servings of beta-carotene-rich produce to their diets. The scientists explained that the carrot compound helped give complexions more of a golden hue. Just don’t go crazy; you’ll risk looking a little orange.
You already know that the omega-3s found in fatty fish are good for your heart. But the compound is also one of the best for your complexion. “It combats the inflammation that can cause blotchiness, rashes, and other skin problems,” says Tammy Lakatos Shames, R.D., co-author of The Nutrition Twins' Veggie Cure. Loading up on the healthy fat may also lower your skin cancer risk. According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, people who took an omega-3 supplement were less susceptible to damage from UV rays than those who didn’t. If you’re not a fan of fish, consider other sources of omega-3 fatty acid, like walnuts or flaxseed.Can Fish Oil Combat Junk Food's Effect? >>>
5. Lean Beef
Falling short on zinc can lead to inflammation, rashes, and rosacea, explains Altiner. Lean red meat is a top source of the mineral, which may fight off oxidative damage and improve skin’s renewal process. Bonus: Research suggests that zinc may also protect against hair loss.
6. Dark Chocolate
Forget the myth that eating chocolate causes zits. Dark chocolate is full of flavonols, antioxidant compounds that can help to improve your complexion. According to a study in the Journal of Nutrition, people who drank a flavonol-enriched cocoa drink daily noticed an improvement in their skin texture—less roughness and scaling—and a greater resistance to UV damage.
7. Green Tea
Brew up better skin with a cup of green tea. This drink is packed with powerful antioxidants known as polyphenols. What they’re good for: Scientists from Emory University found that taking a green tea supplement increases the amount of elastic tissue in your skin, which may fend off wrinkles. Meanwhile, other studies show that green tea may reduce the risk of skin cancer.
8. Whole Grains
Simple starches, like refined grains, are converted into simple sugars in the body. These sugars bind to tissues, which create harmful molecules called advanced glycation end (AGE) products that can damage collagen, leading to a saggy, wrinkly appearance. And that can take a toll on how you look: A high-sugar diet may start weathering your skin as early as age 35, reports a study in the British Journal of Nutrition. On the other hand, the fiber in whole-grain starches slows digestion and prevents blood sugar spikes, making them smarter picks for your energy levels—and face.