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New Year, Better Skin: The Best Foods for Healthy Skin

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Just like your body, your skin needs the same love and nourishment to look its best. It’s a living organ, so even if you moisturize ten times a day, it won’t do you any favors if you aren’t fueling your body with the right nutrients it needs. But with all sorts of supplements, special diet plans, and skin-saving drinks out there that promise glowing skin from the inside out, it’s tough to know what will actually help get your best skin yet.

Our skin experts at Kentucky Dermatology and Cosmetic Specialists are here to help and have formulated this list of the best foods for healthy skin that are proven complexion perfecters.

Vitamin C
This skin saver is packed with potent antioxidants, reduces inflammation helps lessen skin discoloration. Your body and skin need vitamin C to make collagen, which is one of the most sought out beauty products on the market. Collagen is responsible for making skin more firm and toned.

Foods to Eat with Vitamin C:
– Oranges, strawberries, broccoli, kiwi, red and green pepper

Lycopene
Although the name may sound foreign, lycopene’s powerful antioxidant properties and ability to defend your skin against UV radiation are due in large part to the unique molecular design, which is responsible for lycopene’s red appearance and its ability to block UV light. Though lycopene’s sun protection is only equivalent to approximately SPF-3 and isn’t adequate sun protection by itself, consuming it can have many valuable benefits for your skin.

Foods to Eat with Lycopene:
– Tomatoes, watermelon, guavas, grapefruit, papaya

Healthy Fats
Healthy fats are in no means an order of fries from a fast food restaurant but can be found in various different healthy food groups. These fats are proven to improve skin barriers and help with anti-inflammatory properties. Fish that are high in omega-3 fatty acids have incredible beauty benefits, including glowing skin and shiny lustrous hair. About three percent of the hair shaft is made up of omega-3 fatty acids. They’re found in cell membranes on your scalp and in the natural oils that keep your scalp and hair hydrated. While salmon is usually the superstar choice, Foy says mackerel, sardines, and anchovies are even better. “They’re great because they’re at the bottom of the food chain, so they’re not living for very long, which means toxins like mercury do not accumulate in them.”

Foods to Eat with Healthy Fats:
-Olive oil, salmon, avocado, almonds, coconut oil

Beta-Carotene
This super ingredient is a pigment that is found in plants and fruits and acts as an antioxidant that protects cells from the damaging effects of harmful free radicals. Beta-carotene is converted into vitamin A, which is found in the Holy Grail beauty product, Retinol, because of its anti-aging benefits. Beta-carotene prevents premature skin aging by acting as an antioxidant, a substance that reduces oxygen damage caused by UV light, pollutions and other environmental hazards like smoking and pollution. Consumption of adequate levels of beta-carotene imparts a natural glow to your skin.

Foods to Eat with Beta Carotene:
-Pumpkin, carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, apricots, cantaloupe

Water
Last but not least – water. Your skin is 64% water so it’s no surprise that drinking water is the secret behind better skin. Without a drinking the recommended eight glasses of water per day, your skin can appear duller, have more frequent acne breakouts, and wrinkles and pores appear more prominent.

Better skin starts from within! Even by using the best skincare products available, some of the top cures can be hiding in a place most of us go to frequently: the supermarket. So make a trip to your favorite grocery store and stock up on these foods to get the best skin in 2018.