What’s the secret to smoother, younger-looking skin? It has a lot to do with what you eat. In fact, studies show that foods rich in vitamins and minerals can protect your skin from harmful UV rays and speed up cell turnover to reveal healthy underlying skin. Load up on these seven antioxidant-rich foods to start your journey to great looking skin.

  1. Avocado
    This guacamole staple is full of vitamin E, which not only eases dry skin but may diminish free radicals and protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays.
  2. Red bell peppers
    Rich in vitamin C, red bell peppers are effective in fighting wrinkles. Just a half-cup of chopped red peppers can help fend off dryness and defy wrinkling.
  3. Salmon
    This cold-water fish is chock full of omega-3 fatty acids, which contain alpha-linolenic acid that decreases dryness and keeps skin smooth and soft. Salmon, mackerel, halibut and sardines are also known to reduce inflammation with can help those suffering from psoriasis breakouts.
  4. Blueberries
    This little colorful berry packs a big antioxidant punch. In fact, just a half-cup of blueberries can almost double a number of antioxidants most people get in a day. To impede the aging process caused by free radicals, blueberries are a sure thing.
  5. Onions
    Sure, they’re full of flavor, but onions are also rich in a wrinkle-fighting antioxidant called quercetin, which can also save skin from harmful UV rays. So when it comes to main dishes and soups that call for onions, chop away! Your skin will thank you for it.
  6. Pomegranate
    This tart fruit is rich in vitamin C, even more than green tea and red wine. Pomegranate will not only keep your skin looking rejuvenate, but it may also reduce the risk of skin cancer.
  7. Whole Grans
    Up your intake of whole grains and ditch the processed carbohydrates to improve your complexion. That’s because refined flours can cause insulin to spike, which can trigger acne. What’s more, whole grains have been linked to reducing the risk of developing diabetes.

To learn more about the best foods for healthier looking skin, please contact John J.W. Lee, MD, FACS online or by calling 610.789.6701. We look forward to hearing from you!