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8 Foods That Will Help Keep You Looking Young

8 Foods That Will Help Keep You Looking Young

The desire to stay young— or at least look young— forever is nothing new. Although no such thing exists, it hasn’t stopped humanity from trying to find a “cure” to aging — especially aging skin.

Alas, getting old is a part of life and, consequently, so are those dreaded wrinkles and sagging skin. Skin aging is also exacerbated by a multitude of factors such as UV ray exposure, free-radicals, dryness and, you guessed it, diet.

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However, there are four main food nutrients that can contribute to more youthful-looking skin through food: vitamin C, amino acids, antioxidants, and hydration. A diet rich in these four things is proven to prevent the cell structure damage that can lead to loss of firmness, fine lines, and wrinkles.

Let’s break down these key anti-aging components:

Vitamin C: Vitamin C is actually found naturally in our skin, but as we age the natural levels of vitamin C decline. Vitamin C is vital to maintain strong skin cell structure, that is to say it boosts collagen and can reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Amino Acids: Amino acids are found in proteins and also play a role in strengthening cells and fighting against wrinkles.

Antioxidants: We’ve heard for a while now how important antioxidants are for our health and to prevent premature aging, but did you know that in order to be effective, they must be ingested? In a study published this year, scientists found that “food supplements yielded enhanced antioxidant values in the skin.” This is because antioxidants are released through sweat and natural skin oils onto the skin surface. (Carotenoids: Nutrition, Analysis and Technology, Batanska, Kaczor, 2016)

Hydration: Hydrated skin is happy skin! Hydration is important to maintain skin elasticity. In addition to simply drinking water, eating foods with high water content is also beneficial.

So eat up to maintain youth with these anti-aging foods.

Rachael Pack is The Daily Meal's Cook Editor. Follow her on Instagram @rachael_pack


20 Foods for Better, Healthier, Younger-Looking Skin

We've all heard the saying "you are what you eat." It's a cliché, but consistently eating healthfully can really help get you that radiant look. Shifting toward more Mediterranean-style meals is arguably the best way to eat for better skin and overall health. The antioxidants, like beta carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, and B vitamins, function as bodyguards to your skin cells, helping protect them from damage. Omega-3's are also key for skin health and appearance, helping minimize the inflammation that can lead to cell degradation over time. To get those crucial nutrients, add these foods to your grocery shopping list, ASAP:

Drinking more water is the simplest and speediest way to boost your glow and keep skin (and your tissues!) functioning at their best. Try adding fresh citrus or berries to liven up plain sparkling or still water. How much you need to drink varies depending on the person, but I'd make two liters (about eight cups) your minimum. You&rsquoll need more if you exercise vigorously or generally sweat a lot!

Two cups of cubed watermelon equal a full cup of water and can help you (and therefore your skin cells) stay hydrated. Plus, the beta-carotene and vitamin C found in watermelon makes it an antioxidant-packed snack. Try cutting it up and storing it in the freezer for a treat during warmer months.

If there is one way all of us could improve upon in our diets, it&rsquos eating more seafood. Less than 10% of us get the recommended 8-12 ounces per week! The omega-3 fatty acids in fish are key to offsetting inflammation, which can lead to skin cell damage, flaking, dryness, and overall dull appearance. Other great sources of omega-3's include herring, mackerel, tuna, shrimp, sardines, sea bass, halibut, and lobster

Oats provide selenium, an antioxidant compound that helps protect cells from damage (the type that could ultimately lead to mutation and tumor growth long-term). Plus, the prebiotics found in oats fuel your body&rsquos beneficial probiotics, bolstering your immune system overall.

Plant-based oils like corn oil also supply your body with omega-3&rsquos, helping to minimize inflammation. Since these oils are also low in saturated fat, they're the perfect choice for cooking to add flavor and increase the antioxidant content of your meal &mdash benefiting your skin cells and heart health.

The ellagic acid found in many plant-based foods like nuts has been linked to protecting skin cells from UV damage. Pecans also pack antioxidants and minerals, like vitamins A and E, plus calcium and potassium. They&rsquore also a source of zinc which is another nutrient that may help to promote glowing skin and protect immunity.

The polyphenolic compounds found in olives may help protect cells from disruption and improve blood flow throughout your body. Choose these antioxidant-packed fruits to help protect skin cells and improve health overall. They'll fill you up with a combo of unsaturated fat and fiber.

Herbs and spices like garlic, oregano, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger can lend a hand, too. Early research has linked them to reducing the production of Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs). These compounds can cause structural changes in skin when they accumulate, but your favorite flavorings may help slow down the build-up of AGEs.

Red, green, and black grapes provide a combo of ellagic acid and resveratrol, two compounds that help combat oxidative stress. Another may also aid in maintaining skin cell regeneration.

One of vitamin C's most powerful roles is producing collagen, a protein that gives your skin its elasticity. Collagen breaks down as you age and causes wrinkle formation, but a vitamin C-packed kiwi can provide 141% of your daily value and help counteract this effect, says dermatologist Lauren Ploch, MD, MEd, FAAD.

These bright berries are full of good-for-you vitamin C and flavonoids, both of which maintain and promote skin health. The best part? Even though they're seasonal, they retain their nutrients when frozen, so you can enjoy the skin-soothing benefits all year round.

"The fish's high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation, which can affect how skin looks," explains Tamara Melton, MS, RDN, LD. Nutrients like vitamin D and antioxidants can also reduce the risk of skin cancer and help with acne and rosacea, Ploch adds.

Eggs are a source of lutein, which helps keep skin hydrated and firm. It also promotes the natural oils that help keep you looking radiant, so feel free to start your day with a veggie omelet. Or, in place of higher-fat proteins, try adding it to sandwiches.

Tomatoes boast lycopene, a pigment that's naturally found in skin. While it won't replace sunscreen, this antioxidant can offer long-term protection against UV radiation and neutralize harmful free radicals, says dermatologist Rajani Katta, MD.

These powerhouse veggies are packed with the carotene compounds lutein and zeaxanthin, which are integral for protecting and hydrating your skin cells and keeping skin damage at bay. Try eating them in smoothies, salads, sautés and even as snacks, like baked kale chips.

Regularly eating these vitamin C-rich veggies naturally boosts your body's collagen, which helps keep your skin firm and youthful-looking. Bonus: Vitamin C also strengthens your immune system, so adding sliced peppers to salads and sandwiches can also keep that winter cold away.

Zinc is another immune-boosting mineral that can help protect skin cells from long-term damage. Luckily, it's found in all kinds of shellfish like shrimp, oysters, and mussels. Even better, they're lower in calories as sources of lean protein.

Mushrooms contain selenium, an important mineral that helps protect our skin from sun damage. Try swapping portobello "steaks" for high-fat red meat, or add the sautéed or raw versions to a salad.

Nuts and seeds alike are packed with vitamin E, which helps protect our body's cells and give our skin a healthy glow. Plus, since vitamin E has also been linked to lowering the risk of heart disease, sprinkling sunflower seeds into salads, soups, sautés, or eating a handful as a snack delivers an extra health perk.

Mangoes are loaded with beta-carotene, which helps your skin repair itself, stay smooth, and even delay the appearance of wrinkles. And &mdash yes, there's more! &mdash they're packed with vitamin A, which protects cells and helps them regenerate. When they're out of season, you can get the same effects from winter squash and sweet potatoes, as well as carrots, cantaloupe, and apricots.


20 Foods for Better, Healthier, Younger-Looking Skin

We've all heard the saying "you are what you eat." It's a cliché, but consistently eating healthfully can really help get you that radiant look. Shifting toward more Mediterranean-style meals is arguably the best way to eat for better skin and overall health. The antioxidants, like beta carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, and B vitamins, function as bodyguards to your skin cells, helping protect them from damage. Omega-3's are also key for skin health and appearance, helping minimize the inflammation that can lead to cell degradation over time. To get those crucial nutrients, add these foods to your grocery shopping list, ASAP:

Drinking more water is the simplest and speediest way to boost your glow and keep skin (and your tissues!) functioning at their best. Try adding fresh citrus or berries to liven up plain sparkling or still water. How much you need to drink varies depending on the person, but I'd make two liters (about eight cups) your minimum. You&rsquoll need more if you exercise vigorously or generally sweat a lot!

Two cups of cubed watermelon equal a full cup of water and can help you (and therefore your skin cells) stay hydrated. Plus, the beta-carotene and vitamin C found in watermelon makes it an antioxidant-packed snack. Try cutting it up and storing it in the freezer for a treat during warmer months.

If there is one way all of us could improve upon in our diets, it&rsquos eating more seafood. Less than 10% of us get the recommended 8-12 ounces per week! The omega-3 fatty acids in fish are key to offsetting inflammation, which can lead to skin cell damage, flaking, dryness, and overall dull appearance. Other great sources of omega-3's include herring, mackerel, tuna, shrimp, sardines, sea bass, halibut, and lobster

Oats provide selenium, an antioxidant compound that helps protect cells from damage (the type that could ultimately lead to mutation and tumor growth long-term). Plus, the prebiotics found in oats fuel your body&rsquos beneficial probiotics, bolstering your immune system overall.

Plant-based oils like corn oil also supply your body with omega-3&rsquos, helping to minimize inflammation. Since these oils are also low in saturated fat, they're the perfect choice for cooking to add flavor and increase the antioxidant content of your meal &mdash benefiting your skin cells and heart health.

The ellagic acid found in many plant-based foods like nuts has been linked to protecting skin cells from UV damage. Pecans also pack antioxidants and minerals, like vitamins A and E, plus calcium and potassium. They&rsquore also a source of zinc which is another nutrient that may help to promote glowing skin and protect immunity.

The polyphenolic compounds found in olives may help protect cells from disruption and improve blood flow throughout your body. Choose these antioxidant-packed fruits to help protect skin cells and improve health overall. They'll fill you up with a combo of unsaturated fat and fiber.

Herbs and spices like garlic, oregano, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger can lend a hand, too. Early research has linked them to reducing the production of Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs). These compounds can cause structural changes in skin when they accumulate, but your favorite flavorings may help slow down the build-up of AGEs.

Red, green, and black grapes provide a combo of ellagic acid and resveratrol, two compounds that help combat oxidative stress. Another may also aid in maintaining skin cell regeneration.

One of vitamin C's most powerful roles is producing collagen, a protein that gives your skin its elasticity. Collagen breaks down as you age and causes wrinkle formation, but a vitamin C-packed kiwi can provide 141% of your daily value and help counteract this effect, says dermatologist Lauren Ploch, MD, MEd, FAAD.

These bright berries are full of good-for-you vitamin C and flavonoids, both of which maintain and promote skin health. The best part? Even though they're seasonal, they retain their nutrients when frozen, so you can enjoy the skin-soothing benefits all year round.

"The fish's high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation, which can affect how skin looks," explains Tamara Melton, MS, RDN, LD. Nutrients like vitamin D and antioxidants can also reduce the risk of skin cancer and help with acne and rosacea, Ploch adds.

Eggs are a source of lutein, which helps keep skin hydrated and firm. It also promotes the natural oils that help keep you looking radiant, so feel free to start your day with a veggie omelet. Or, in place of higher-fat proteins, try adding it to sandwiches.

Tomatoes boast lycopene, a pigment that's naturally found in skin. While it won't replace sunscreen, this antioxidant can offer long-term protection against UV radiation and neutralize harmful free radicals, says dermatologist Rajani Katta, MD.

These powerhouse veggies are packed with the carotene compounds lutein and zeaxanthin, which are integral for protecting and hydrating your skin cells and keeping skin damage at bay. Try eating them in smoothies, salads, sautés and even as snacks, like baked kale chips.

Regularly eating these vitamin C-rich veggies naturally boosts your body's collagen, which helps keep your skin firm and youthful-looking. Bonus: Vitamin C also strengthens your immune system, so adding sliced peppers to salads and sandwiches can also keep that winter cold away.

Zinc is another immune-boosting mineral that can help protect skin cells from long-term damage. Luckily, it's found in all kinds of shellfish like shrimp, oysters, and mussels. Even better, they're lower in calories as sources of lean protein.

Mushrooms contain selenium, an important mineral that helps protect our skin from sun damage. Try swapping portobello "steaks" for high-fat red meat, or add the sautéed or raw versions to a salad.

Nuts and seeds alike are packed with vitamin E, which helps protect our body's cells and give our skin a healthy glow. Plus, since vitamin E has also been linked to lowering the risk of heart disease, sprinkling sunflower seeds into salads, soups, sautés, or eating a handful as a snack delivers an extra health perk.

Mangoes are loaded with beta-carotene, which helps your skin repair itself, stay smooth, and even delay the appearance of wrinkles. And &mdash yes, there's more! &mdash they're packed with vitamin A, which protects cells and helps them regenerate. When they're out of season, you can get the same effects from winter squash and sweet potatoes, as well as carrots, cantaloupe, and apricots.


20 Foods for Better, Healthier, Younger-Looking Skin

We've all heard the saying "you are what you eat." It's a cliché, but consistently eating healthfully can really help get you that radiant look. Shifting toward more Mediterranean-style meals is arguably the best way to eat for better skin and overall health. The antioxidants, like beta carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, and B vitamins, function as bodyguards to your skin cells, helping protect them from damage. Omega-3's are also key for skin health and appearance, helping minimize the inflammation that can lead to cell degradation over time. To get those crucial nutrients, add these foods to your grocery shopping list, ASAP:

Drinking more water is the simplest and speediest way to boost your glow and keep skin (and your tissues!) functioning at their best. Try adding fresh citrus or berries to liven up plain sparkling or still water. How much you need to drink varies depending on the person, but I'd make two liters (about eight cups) your minimum. You&rsquoll need more if you exercise vigorously or generally sweat a lot!

Two cups of cubed watermelon equal a full cup of water and can help you (and therefore your skin cells) stay hydrated. Plus, the beta-carotene and vitamin C found in watermelon makes it an antioxidant-packed snack. Try cutting it up and storing it in the freezer for a treat during warmer months.

If there is one way all of us could improve upon in our diets, it&rsquos eating more seafood. Less than 10% of us get the recommended 8-12 ounces per week! The omega-3 fatty acids in fish are key to offsetting inflammation, which can lead to skin cell damage, flaking, dryness, and overall dull appearance. Other great sources of omega-3's include herring, mackerel, tuna, shrimp, sardines, sea bass, halibut, and lobster

Oats provide selenium, an antioxidant compound that helps protect cells from damage (the type that could ultimately lead to mutation and tumor growth long-term). Plus, the prebiotics found in oats fuel your body&rsquos beneficial probiotics, bolstering your immune system overall.

Plant-based oils like corn oil also supply your body with omega-3&rsquos, helping to minimize inflammation. Since these oils are also low in saturated fat, they're the perfect choice for cooking to add flavor and increase the antioxidant content of your meal &mdash benefiting your skin cells and heart health.

The ellagic acid found in many plant-based foods like nuts has been linked to protecting skin cells from UV damage. Pecans also pack antioxidants and minerals, like vitamins A and E, plus calcium and potassium. They&rsquore also a source of zinc which is another nutrient that may help to promote glowing skin and protect immunity.

The polyphenolic compounds found in olives may help protect cells from disruption and improve blood flow throughout your body. Choose these antioxidant-packed fruits to help protect skin cells and improve health overall. They'll fill you up with a combo of unsaturated fat and fiber.

Herbs and spices like garlic, oregano, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger can lend a hand, too. Early research has linked them to reducing the production of Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs). These compounds can cause structural changes in skin when they accumulate, but your favorite flavorings may help slow down the build-up of AGEs.

Red, green, and black grapes provide a combo of ellagic acid and resveratrol, two compounds that help combat oxidative stress. Another may also aid in maintaining skin cell regeneration.

One of vitamin C's most powerful roles is producing collagen, a protein that gives your skin its elasticity. Collagen breaks down as you age and causes wrinkle formation, but a vitamin C-packed kiwi can provide 141% of your daily value and help counteract this effect, says dermatologist Lauren Ploch, MD, MEd, FAAD.

These bright berries are full of good-for-you vitamin C and flavonoids, both of which maintain and promote skin health. The best part? Even though they're seasonal, they retain their nutrients when frozen, so you can enjoy the skin-soothing benefits all year round.

"The fish's high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation, which can affect how skin looks," explains Tamara Melton, MS, RDN, LD. Nutrients like vitamin D and antioxidants can also reduce the risk of skin cancer and help with acne and rosacea, Ploch adds.

Eggs are a source of lutein, which helps keep skin hydrated and firm. It also promotes the natural oils that help keep you looking radiant, so feel free to start your day with a veggie omelet. Or, in place of higher-fat proteins, try adding it to sandwiches.

Tomatoes boast lycopene, a pigment that's naturally found in skin. While it won't replace sunscreen, this antioxidant can offer long-term protection against UV radiation and neutralize harmful free radicals, says dermatologist Rajani Katta, MD.

These powerhouse veggies are packed with the carotene compounds lutein and zeaxanthin, which are integral for protecting and hydrating your skin cells and keeping skin damage at bay. Try eating them in smoothies, salads, sautés and even as snacks, like baked kale chips.

Regularly eating these vitamin C-rich veggies naturally boosts your body's collagen, which helps keep your skin firm and youthful-looking. Bonus: Vitamin C also strengthens your immune system, so adding sliced peppers to salads and sandwiches can also keep that winter cold away.

Zinc is another immune-boosting mineral that can help protect skin cells from long-term damage. Luckily, it's found in all kinds of shellfish like shrimp, oysters, and mussels. Even better, they're lower in calories as sources of lean protein.

Mushrooms contain selenium, an important mineral that helps protect our skin from sun damage. Try swapping portobello "steaks" for high-fat red meat, or add the sautéed or raw versions to a salad.

Nuts and seeds alike are packed with vitamin E, which helps protect our body's cells and give our skin a healthy glow. Plus, since vitamin E has also been linked to lowering the risk of heart disease, sprinkling sunflower seeds into salads, soups, sautés, or eating a handful as a snack delivers an extra health perk.

Mangoes are loaded with beta-carotene, which helps your skin repair itself, stay smooth, and even delay the appearance of wrinkles. And &mdash yes, there's more! &mdash they're packed with vitamin A, which protects cells and helps them regenerate. When they're out of season, you can get the same effects from winter squash and sweet potatoes, as well as carrots, cantaloupe, and apricots.


20 Foods for Better, Healthier, Younger-Looking Skin

We've all heard the saying "you are what you eat." It's a cliché, but consistently eating healthfully can really help get you that radiant look. Shifting toward more Mediterranean-style meals is arguably the best way to eat for better skin and overall health. The antioxidants, like beta carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, and B vitamins, function as bodyguards to your skin cells, helping protect them from damage. Omega-3's are also key for skin health and appearance, helping minimize the inflammation that can lead to cell degradation over time. To get those crucial nutrients, add these foods to your grocery shopping list, ASAP:

Drinking more water is the simplest and speediest way to boost your glow and keep skin (and your tissues!) functioning at their best. Try adding fresh citrus or berries to liven up plain sparkling or still water. How much you need to drink varies depending on the person, but I'd make two liters (about eight cups) your minimum. You&rsquoll need more if you exercise vigorously or generally sweat a lot!

Two cups of cubed watermelon equal a full cup of water and can help you (and therefore your skin cells) stay hydrated. Plus, the beta-carotene and vitamin C found in watermelon makes it an antioxidant-packed snack. Try cutting it up and storing it in the freezer for a treat during warmer months.

If there is one way all of us could improve upon in our diets, it&rsquos eating more seafood. Less than 10% of us get the recommended 8-12 ounces per week! The omega-3 fatty acids in fish are key to offsetting inflammation, which can lead to skin cell damage, flaking, dryness, and overall dull appearance. Other great sources of omega-3's include herring, mackerel, tuna, shrimp, sardines, sea bass, halibut, and lobster

Oats provide selenium, an antioxidant compound that helps protect cells from damage (the type that could ultimately lead to mutation and tumor growth long-term). Plus, the prebiotics found in oats fuel your body&rsquos beneficial probiotics, bolstering your immune system overall.

Plant-based oils like corn oil also supply your body with omega-3&rsquos, helping to minimize inflammation. Since these oils are also low in saturated fat, they're the perfect choice for cooking to add flavor and increase the antioxidant content of your meal &mdash benefiting your skin cells and heart health.

The ellagic acid found in many plant-based foods like nuts has been linked to protecting skin cells from UV damage. Pecans also pack antioxidants and minerals, like vitamins A and E, plus calcium and potassium. They&rsquore also a source of zinc which is another nutrient that may help to promote glowing skin and protect immunity.

The polyphenolic compounds found in olives may help protect cells from disruption and improve blood flow throughout your body. Choose these antioxidant-packed fruits to help protect skin cells and improve health overall. They'll fill you up with a combo of unsaturated fat and fiber.

Herbs and spices like garlic, oregano, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger can lend a hand, too. Early research has linked them to reducing the production of Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs). These compounds can cause structural changes in skin when they accumulate, but your favorite flavorings may help slow down the build-up of AGEs.

Red, green, and black grapes provide a combo of ellagic acid and resveratrol, two compounds that help combat oxidative stress. Another may also aid in maintaining skin cell regeneration.

One of vitamin C's most powerful roles is producing collagen, a protein that gives your skin its elasticity. Collagen breaks down as you age and causes wrinkle formation, but a vitamin C-packed kiwi can provide 141% of your daily value and help counteract this effect, says dermatologist Lauren Ploch, MD, MEd, FAAD.

These bright berries are full of good-for-you vitamin C and flavonoids, both of which maintain and promote skin health. The best part? Even though they're seasonal, they retain their nutrients when frozen, so you can enjoy the skin-soothing benefits all year round.

"The fish's high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation, which can affect how skin looks," explains Tamara Melton, MS, RDN, LD. Nutrients like vitamin D and antioxidants can also reduce the risk of skin cancer and help with acne and rosacea, Ploch adds.

Eggs are a source of lutein, which helps keep skin hydrated and firm. It also promotes the natural oils that help keep you looking radiant, so feel free to start your day with a veggie omelet. Or, in place of higher-fat proteins, try adding it to sandwiches.

Tomatoes boast lycopene, a pigment that's naturally found in skin. While it won't replace sunscreen, this antioxidant can offer long-term protection against UV radiation and neutralize harmful free radicals, says dermatologist Rajani Katta, MD.

These powerhouse veggies are packed with the carotene compounds lutein and zeaxanthin, which are integral for protecting and hydrating your skin cells and keeping skin damage at bay. Try eating them in smoothies, salads, sautés and even as snacks, like baked kale chips.

Regularly eating these vitamin C-rich veggies naturally boosts your body's collagen, which helps keep your skin firm and youthful-looking. Bonus: Vitamin C also strengthens your immune system, so adding sliced peppers to salads and sandwiches can also keep that winter cold away.

Zinc is another immune-boosting mineral that can help protect skin cells from long-term damage. Luckily, it's found in all kinds of shellfish like shrimp, oysters, and mussels. Even better, they're lower in calories as sources of lean protein.

Mushrooms contain selenium, an important mineral that helps protect our skin from sun damage. Try swapping portobello "steaks" for high-fat red meat, or add the sautéed or raw versions to a salad.

Nuts and seeds alike are packed with vitamin E, which helps protect our body's cells and give our skin a healthy glow. Plus, since vitamin E has also been linked to lowering the risk of heart disease, sprinkling sunflower seeds into salads, soups, sautés, or eating a handful as a snack delivers an extra health perk.

Mangoes are loaded with beta-carotene, which helps your skin repair itself, stay smooth, and even delay the appearance of wrinkles. And &mdash yes, there's more! &mdash they're packed with vitamin A, which protects cells and helps them regenerate. When they're out of season, you can get the same effects from winter squash and sweet potatoes, as well as carrots, cantaloupe, and apricots.


20 Foods for Better, Healthier, Younger-Looking Skin

We've all heard the saying "you are what you eat." It's a cliché, but consistently eating healthfully can really help get you that radiant look. Shifting toward more Mediterranean-style meals is arguably the best way to eat for better skin and overall health. The antioxidants, like beta carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, and B vitamins, function as bodyguards to your skin cells, helping protect them from damage. Omega-3's are also key for skin health and appearance, helping minimize the inflammation that can lead to cell degradation over time. To get those crucial nutrients, add these foods to your grocery shopping list, ASAP:

Drinking more water is the simplest and speediest way to boost your glow and keep skin (and your tissues!) functioning at their best. Try adding fresh citrus or berries to liven up plain sparkling or still water. How much you need to drink varies depending on the person, but I'd make two liters (about eight cups) your minimum. You&rsquoll need more if you exercise vigorously or generally sweat a lot!

Two cups of cubed watermelon equal a full cup of water and can help you (and therefore your skin cells) stay hydrated. Plus, the beta-carotene and vitamin C found in watermelon makes it an antioxidant-packed snack. Try cutting it up and storing it in the freezer for a treat during warmer months.

If there is one way all of us could improve upon in our diets, it&rsquos eating more seafood. Less than 10% of us get the recommended 8-12 ounces per week! The omega-3 fatty acids in fish are key to offsetting inflammation, which can lead to skin cell damage, flaking, dryness, and overall dull appearance. Other great sources of omega-3's include herring, mackerel, tuna, shrimp, sardines, sea bass, halibut, and lobster

Oats provide selenium, an antioxidant compound that helps protect cells from damage (the type that could ultimately lead to mutation and tumor growth long-term). Plus, the prebiotics found in oats fuel your body&rsquos beneficial probiotics, bolstering your immune system overall.

Plant-based oils like corn oil also supply your body with omega-3&rsquos, helping to minimize inflammation. Since these oils are also low in saturated fat, they're the perfect choice for cooking to add flavor and increase the antioxidant content of your meal &mdash benefiting your skin cells and heart health.

The ellagic acid found in many plant-based foods like nuts has been linked to protecting skin cells from UV damage. Pecans also pack antioxidants and minerals, like vitamins A and E, plus calcium and potassium. They&rsquore also a source of zinc which is another nutrient that may help to promote glowing skin and protect immunity.

The polyphenolic compounds found in olives may help protect cells from disruption and improve blood flow throughout your body. Choose these antioxidant-packed fruits to help protect skin cells and improve health overall. They'll fill you up with a combo of unsaturated fat and fiber.

Herbs and spices like garlic, oregano, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger can lend a hand, too. Early research has linked them to reducing the production of Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs). These compounds can cause structural changes in skin when they accumulate, but your favorite flavorings may help slow down the build-up of AGEs.

Red, green, and black grapes provide a combo of ellagic acid and resveratrol, two compounds that help combat oxidative stress. Another may also aid in maintaining skin cell regeneration.

One of vitamin C's most powerful roles is producing collagen, a protein that gives your skin its elasticity. Collagen breaks down as you age and causes wrinkle formation, but a vitamin C-packed kiwi can provide 141% of your daily value and help counteract this effect, says dermatologist Lauren Ploch, MD, MEd, FAAD.

These bright berries are full of good-for-you vitamin C and flavonoids, both of which maintain and promote skin health. The best part? Even though they're seasonal, they retain their nutrients when frozen, so you can enjoy the skin-soothing benefits all year round.

"The fish's high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation, which can affect how skin looks," explains Tamara Melton, MS, RDN, LD. Nutrients like vitamin D and antioxidants can also reduce the risk of skin cancer and help with acne and rosacea, Ploch adds.

Eggs are a source of lutein, which helps keep skin hydrated and firm. It also promotes the natural oils that help keep you looking radiant, so feel free to start your day with a veggie omelet. Or, in place of higher-fat proteins, try adding it to sandwiches.

Tomatoes boast lycopene, a pigment that's naturally found in skin. While it won't replace sunscreen, this antioxidant can offer long-term protection against UV radiation and neutralize harmful free radicals, says dermatologist Rajani Katta, MD.

These powerhouse veggies are packed with the carotene compounds lutein and zeaxanthin, which are integral for protecting and hydrating your skin cells and keeping skin damage at bay. Try eating them in smoothies, salads, sautés and even as snacks, like baked kale chips.

Regularly eating these vitamin C-rich veggies naturally boosts your body's collagen, which helps keep your skin firm and youthful-looking. Bonus: Vitamin C also strengthens your immune system, so adding sliced peppers to salads and sandwiches can also keep that winter cold away.

Zinc is another immune-boosting mineral that can help protect skin cells from long-term damage. Luckily, it's found in all kinds of shellfish like shrimp, oysters, and mussels. Even better, they're lower in calories as sources of lean protein.

Mushrooms contain selenium, an important mineral that helps protect our skin from sun damage. Try swapping portobello "steaks" for high-fat red meat, or add the sautéed or raw versions to a salad.

Nuts and seeds alike are packed with vitamin E, which helps protect our body's cells and give our skin a healthy glow. Plus, since vitamin E has also been linked to lowering the risk of heart disease, sprinkling sunflower seeds into salads, soups, sautés, or eating a handful as a snack delivers an extra health perk.

Mangoes are loaded with beta-carotene, which helps your skin repair itself, stay smooth, and even delay the appearance of wrinkles. And &mdash yes, there's more! &mdash they're packed with vitamin A, which protects cells and helps them regenerate. When they're out of season, you can get the same effects from winter squash and sweet potatoes, as well as carrots, cantaloupe, and apricots.


20 Foods for Better, Healthier, Younger-Looking Skin

We've all heard the saying "you are what you eat." It's a cliché, but consistently eating healthfully can really help get you that radiant look. Shifting toward more Mediterranean-style meals is arguably the best way to eat for better skin and overall health. The antioxidants, like beta carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, and B vitamins, function as bodyguards to your skin cells, helping protect them from damage. Omega-3's are also key for skin health and appearance, helping minimize the inflammation that can lead to cell degradation over time. To get those crucial nutrients, add these foods to your grocery shopping list, ASAP:

Drinking more water is the simplest and speediest way to boost your glow and keep skin (and your tissues!) functioning at their best. Try adding fresh citrus or berries to liven up plain sparkling or still water. How much you need to drink varies depending on the person, but I'd make two liters (about eight cups) your minimum. You&rsquoll need more if you exercise vigorously or generally sweat a lot!

Two cups of cubed watermelon equal a full cup of water and can help you (and therefore your skin cells) stay hydrated. Plus, the beta-carotene and vitamin C found in watermelon makes it an antioxidant-packed snack. Try cutting it up and storing it in the freezer for a treat during warmer months.

If there is one way all of us could improve upon in our diets, it&rsquos eating more seafood. Less than 10% of us get the recommended 8-12 ounces per week! The omega-3 fatty acids in fish are key to offsetting inflammation, which can lead to skin cell damage, flaking, dryness, and overall dull appearance. Other great sources of omega-3's include herring, mackerel, tuna, shrimp, sardines, sea bass, halibut, and lobster

Oats provide selenium, an antioxidant compound that helps protect cells from damage (the type that could ultimately lead to mutation and tumor growth long-term). Plus, the prebiotics found in oats fuel your body&rsquos beneficial probiotics, bolstering your immune system overall.

Plant-based oils like corn oil also supply your body with omega-3&rsquos, helping to minimize inflammation. Since these oils are also low in saturated fat, they're the perfect choice for cooking to add flavor and increase the antioxidant content of your meal &mdash benefiting your skin cells and heart health.

The ellagic acid found in many plant-based foods like nuts has been linked to protecting skin cells from UV damage. Pecans also pack antioxidants and minerals, like vitamins A and E, plus calcium and potassium. They&rsquore also a source of zinc which is another nutrient that may help to promote glowing skin and protect immunity.

The polyphenolic compounds found in olives may help protect cells from disruption and improve blood flow throughout your body. Choose these antioxidant-packed fruits to help protect skin cells and improve health overall. They'll fill you up with a combo of unsaturated fat and fiber.

Herbs and spices like garlic, oregano, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger can lend a hand, too. Early research has linked them to reducing the production of Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs). These compounds can cause structural changes in skin when they accumulate, but your favorite flavorings may help slow down the build-up of AGEs.

Red, green, and black grapes provide a combo of ellagic acid and resveratrol, two compounds that help combat oxidative stress. Another may also aid in maintaining skin cell regeneration.

One of vitamin C's most powerful roles is producing collagen, a protein that gives your skin its elasticity. Collagen breaks down as you age and causes wrinkle formation, but a vitamin C-packed kiwi can provide 141% of your daily value and help counteract this effect, says dermatologist Lauren Ploch, MD, MEd, FAAD.

These bright berries are full of good-for-you vitamin C and flavonoids, both of which maintain and promote skin health. The best part? Even though they're seasonal, they retain their nutrients when frozen, so you can enjoy the skin-soothing benefits all year round.

"The fish's high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation, which can affect how skin looks," explains Tamara Melton, MS, RDN, LD. Nutrients like vitamin D and antioxidants can also reduce the risk of skin cancer and help with acne and rosacea, Ploch adds.

Eggs are a source of lutein, which helps keep skin hydrated and firm. It also promotes the natural oils that help keep you looking radiant, so feel free to start your day with a veggie omelet. Or, in place of higher-fat proteins, try adding it to sandwiches.

Tomatoes boast lycopene, a pigment that's naturally found in skin. While it won't replace sunscreen, this antioxidant can offer long-term protection against UV radiation and neutralize harmful free radicals, says dermatologist Rajani Katta, MD.

These powerhouse veggies are packed with the carotene compounds lutein and zeaxanthin, which are integral for protecting and hydrating your skin cells and keeping skin damage at bay. Try eating them in smoothies, salads, sautés and even as snacks, like baked kale chips.

Regularly eating these vitamin C-rich veggies naturally boosts your body's collagen, which helps keep your skin firm and youthful-looking. Bonus: Vitamin C also strengthens your immune system, so adding sliced peppers to salads and sandwiches can also keep that winter cold away.

Zinc is another immune-boosting mineral that can help protect skin cells from long-term damage. Luckily, it's found in all kinds of shellfish like shrimp, oysters, and mussels. Even better, they're lower in calories as sources of lean protein.

Mushrooms contain selenium, an important mineral that helps protect our skin from sun damage. Try swapping portobello "steaks" for high-fat red meat, or add the sautéed or raw versions to a salad.

Nuts and seeds alike are packed with vitamin E, which helps protect our body's cells and give our skin a healthy glow. Plus, since vitamin E has also been linked to lowering the risk of heart disease, sprinkling sunflower seeds into salads, soups, sautés, or eating a handful as a snack delivers an extra health perk.

Mangoes are loaded with beta-carotene, which helps your skin repair itself, stay smooth, and even delay the appearance of wrinkles. And &mdash yes, there's more! &mdash they're packed with vitamin A, which protects cells and helps them regenerate. When they're out of season, you can get the same effects from winter squash and sweet potatoes, as well as carrots, cantaloupe, and apricots.


20 Foods for Better, Healthier, Younger-Looking Skin

We've all heard the saying "you are what you eat." It's a cliché, but consistently eating healthfully can really help get you that radiant look. Shifting toward more Mediterranean-style meals is arguably the best way to eat for better skin and overall health. The antioxidants, like beta carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, and B vitamins, function as bodyguards to your skin cells, helping protect them from damage. Omega-3's are also key for skin health and appearance, helping minimize the inflammation that can lead to cell degradation over time. To get those crucial nutrients, add these foods to your grocery shopping list, ASAP:

Drinking more water is the simplest and speediest way to boost your glow and keep skin (and your tissues!) functioning at their best. Try adding fresh citrus or berries to liven up plain sparkling or still water. How much you need to drink varies depending on the person, but I'd make two liters (about eight cups) your minimum. You&rsquoll need more if you exercise vigorously or generally sweat a lot!

Two cups of cubed watermelon equal a full cup of water and can help you (and therefore your skin cells) stay hydrated. Plus, the beta-carotene and vitamin C found in watermelon makes it an antioxidant-packed snack. Try cutting it up and storing it in the freezer for a treat during warmer months.

If there is one way all of us could improve upon in our diets, it&rsquos eating more seafood. Less than 10% of us get the recommended 8-12 ounces per week! The omega-3 fatty acids in fish are key to offsetting inflammation, which can lead to skin cell damage, flaking, dryness, and overall dull appearance. Other great sources of omega-3's include herring, mackerel, tuna, shrimp, sardines, sea bass, halibut, and lobster

Oats provide selenium, an antioxidant compound that helps protect cells from damage (the type that could ultimately lead to mutation and tumor growth long-term). Plus, the prebiotics found in oats fuel your body&rsquos beneficial probiotics, bolstering your immune system overall.

Plant-based oils like corn oil also supply your body with omega-3&rsquos, helping to minimize inflammation. Since these oils are also low in saturated fat, they're the perfect choice for cooking to add flavor and increase the antioxidant content of your meal &mdash benefiting your skin cells and heart health.

The ellagic acid found in many plant-based foods like nuts has been linked to protecting skin cells from UV damage. Pecans also pack antioxidants and minerals, like vitamins A and E, plus calcium and potassium. They&rsquore also a source of zinc which is another nutrient that may help to promote glowing skin and protect immunity.

The polyphenolic compounds found in olives may help protect cells from disruption and improve blood flow throughout your body. Choose these antioxidant-packed fruits to help protect skin cells and improve health overall. They'll fill you up with a combo of unsaturated fat and fiber.

Herbs and spices like garlic, oregano, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger can lend a hand, too. Early research has linked them to reducing the production of Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs). These compounds can cause structural changes in skin when they accumulate, but your favorite flavorings may help slow down the build-up of AGEs.

Red, green, and black grapes provide a combo of ellagic acid and resveratrol, two compounds that help combat oxidative stress. Another may also aid in maintaining skin cell regeneration.

One of vitamin C's most powerful roles is producing collagen, a protein that gives your skin its elasticity. Collagen breaks down as you age and causes wrinkle formation, but a vitamin C-packed kiwi can provide 141% of your daily value and help counteract this effect, says dermatologist Lauren Ploch, MD, MEd, FAAD.

These bright berries are full of good-for-you vitamin C and flavonoids, both of which maintain and promote skin health. The best part? Even though they're seasonal, they retain their nutrients when frozen, so you can enjoy the skin-soothing benefits all year round.

"The fish's high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation, which can affect how skin looks," explains Tamara Melton, MS, RDN, LD. Nutrients like vitamin D and antioxidants can also reduce the risk of skin cancer and help with acne and rosacea, Ploch adds.

Eggs are a source of lutein, which helps keep skin hydrated and firm. It also promotes the natural oils that help keep you looking radiant, so feel free to start your day with a veggie omelet. Or, in place of higher-fat proteins, try adding it to sandwiches.

Tomatoes boast lycopene, a pigment that's naturally found in skin. While it won't replace sunscreen, this antioxidant can offer long-term protection against UV radiation and neutralize harmful free radicals, says dermatologist Rajani Katta, MD.

These powerhouse veggies are packed with the carotene compounds lutein and zeaxanthin, which are integral for protecting and hydrating your skin cells and keeping skin damage at bay. Try eating them in smoothies, salads, sautés and even as snacks, like baked kale chips.

Regularly eating these vitamin C-rich veggies naturally boosts your body's collagen, which helps keep your skin firm and youthful-looking. Bonus: Vitamin C also strengthens your immune system, so adding sliced peppers to salads and sandwiches can also keep that winter cold away.

Zinc is another immune-boosting mineral that can help protect skin cells from long-term damage. Luckily, it's found in all kinds of shellfish like shrimp, oysters, and mussels. Even better, they're lower in calories as sources of lean protein.

Mushrooms contain selenium, an important mineral that helps protect our skin from sun damage. Try swapping portobello "steaks" for high-fat red meat, or add the sautéed or raw versions to a salad.

Nuts and seeds alike are packed with vitamin E, which helps protect our body's cells and give our skin a healthy glow. Plus, since vitamin E has also been linked to lowering the risk of heart disease, sprinkling sunflower seeds into salads, soups, sautés, or eating a handful as a snack delivers an extra health perk.

Mangoes are loaded with beta-carotene, which helps your skin repair itself, stay smooth, and even delay the appearance of wrinkles. And &mdash yes, there's more! &mdash they're packed with vitamin A, which protects cells and helps them regenerate. When they're out of season, you can get the same effects from winter squash and sweet potatoes, as well as carrots, cantaloupe, and apricots.


20 Foods for Better, Healthier, Younger-Looking Skin

We've all heard the saying "you are what you eat." It's a cliché, but consistently eating healthfully can really help get you that radiant look. Shifting toward more Mediterranean-style meals is arguably the best way to eat for better skin and overall health. The antioxidants, like beta carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, and B vitamins, function as bodyguards to your skin cells, helping protect them from damage. Omega-3's are also key for skin health and appearance, helping minimize the inflammation that can lead to cell degradation over time. To get those crucial nutrients, add these foods to your grocery shopping list, ASAP:

Drinking more water is the simplest and speediest way to boost your glow and keep skin (and your tissues!) functioning at their best. Try adding fresh citrus or berries to liven up plain sparkling or still water. How much you need to drink varies depending on the person, but I'd make two liters (about eight cups) your minimum. You&rsquoll need more if you exercise vigorously or generally sweat a lot!

Two cups of cubed watermelon equal a full cup of water and can help you (and therefore your skin cells) stay hydrated. Plus, the beta-carotene and vitamin C found in watermelon makes it an antioxidant-packed snack. Try cutting it up and storing it in the freezer for a treat during warmer months.

If there is one way all of us could improve upon in our diets, it&rsquos eating more seafood. Less than 10% of us get the recommended 8-12 ounces per week! The omega-3 fatty acids in fish are key to offsetting inflammation, which can lead to skin cell damage, flaking, dryness, and overall dull appearance. Other great sources of omega-3's include herring, mackerel, tuna, shrimp, sardines, sea bass, halibut, and lobster

Oats provide selenium, an antioxidant compound that helps protect cells from damage (the type that could ultimately lead to mutation and tumor growth long-term). Plus, the prebiotics found in oats fuel your body&rsquos beneficial probiotics, bolstering your immune system overall.

Plant-based oils like corn oil also supply your body with omega-3&rsquos, helping to minimize inflammation. Since these oils are also low in saturated fat, they're the perfect choice for cooking to add flavor and increase the antioxidant content of your meal &mdash benefiting your skin cells and heart health.

The ellagic acid found in many plant-based foods like nuts has been linked to protecting skin cells from UV damage. Pecans also pack antioxidants and minerals, like vitamins A and E, plus calcium and potassium. They&rsquore also a source of zinc which is another nutrient that may help to promote glowing skin and protect immunity.

The polyphenolic compounds found in olives may help protect cells from disruption and improve blood flow throughout your body. Choose these antioxidant-packed fruits to help protect skin cells and improve health overall. They'll fill you up with a combo of unsaturated fat and fiber.

Herbs and spices like garlic, oregano, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger can lend a hand, too. Early research has linked them to reducing the production of Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs). These compounds can cause structural changes in skin when they accumulate, but your favorite flavorings may help slow down the build-up of AGEs.

Red, green, and black grapes provide a combo of ellagic acid and resveratrol, two compounds that help combat oxidative stress. Another may also aid in maintaining skin cell regeneration.

One of vitamin C's most powerful roles is producing collagen, a protein that gives your skin its elasticity. Collagen breaks down as you age and causes wrinkle formation, but a vitamin C-packed kiwi can provide 141% of your daily value and help counteract this effect, says dermatologist Lauren Ploch, MD, MEd, FAAD.

These bright berries are full of good-for-you vitamin C and flavonoids, both of which maintain and promote skin health. The best part? Even though they're seasonal, they retain their nutrients when frozen, so you can enjoy the skin-soothing benefits all year round.

"The fish's high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation, which can affect how skin looks," explains Tamara Melton, MS, RDN, LD. Nutrients like vitamin D and antioxidants can also reduce the risk of skin cancer and help with acne and rosacea, Ploch adds.

Eggs are a source of lutein, which helps keep skin hydrated and firm. It also promotes the natural oils that help keep you looking radiant, so feel free to start your day with a veggie omelet. Or, in place of higher-fat proteins, try adding it to sandwiches.

Tomatoes boast lycopene, a pigment that's naturally found in skin. While it won't replace sunscreen, this antioxidant can offer long-term protection against UV radiation and neutralize harmful free radicals, says dermatologist Rajani Katta, MD.

These powerhouse veggies are packed with the carotene compounds lutein and zeaxanthin, which are integral for protecting and hydrating your skin cells and keeping skin damage at bay. Try eating them in smoothies, salads, sautés and even as snacks, like baked kale chips.

Regularly eating these vitamin C-rich veggies naturally boosts your body's collagen, which helps keep your skin firm and youthful-looking. Bonus: Vitamin C also strengthens your immune system, so adding sliced peppers to salads and sandwiches can also keep that winter cold away.

Zinc is another immune-boosting mineral that can help protect skin cells from long-term damage. Luckily, it's found in all kinds of shellfish like shrimp, oysters, and mussels. Even better, they're lower in calories as sources of lean protein.

Mushrooms contain selenium, an important mineral that helps protect our skin from sun damage. Try swapping portobello "steaks" for high-fat red meat, or add the sautéed or raw versions to a salad.

Nuts and seeds alike are packed with vitamin E, which helps protect our body's cells and give our skin a healthy glow. Plus, since vitamin E has also been linked to lowering the risk of heart disease, sprinkling sunflower seeds into salads, soups, sautés, or eating a handful as a snack delivers an extra health perk.

Mangoes are loaded with beta-carotene, which helps your skin repair itself, stay smooth, and even delay the appearance of wrinkles. And &mdash yes, there's more! &mdash they're packed with vitamin A, which protects cells and helps them regenerate. When they're out of season, you can get the same effects from winter squash and sweet potatoes, as well as carrots, cantaloupe, and apricots.


20 Foods for Better, Healthier, Younger-Looking Skin

We've all heard the saying "you are what you eat." It's a cliché, but consistently eating healthfully can really help get you that radiant look. Shifting toward more Mediterranean-style meals is arguably the best way to eat for better skin and overall health. The antioxidants, like beta carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, and B vitamins, function as bodyguards to your skin cells, helping protect them from damage. Omega-3's are also key for skin health and appearance, helping minimize the inflammation that can lead to cell degradation over time. To get those crucial nutrients, add these foods to your grocery shopping list, ASAP:

Drinking more water is the simplest and speediest way to boost your glow and keep skin (and your tissues!) functioning at their best. Try adding fresh citrus or berries to liven up plain sparkling or still water. How much you need to drink varies depending on the person, but I'd make two liters (about eight cups) your minimum. You&rsquoll need more if you exercise vigorously or generally sweat a lot!

Two cups of cubed watermelon equal a full cup of water and can help you (and therefore your skin cells) stay hydrated. Plus, the beta-carotene and vitamin C found in watermelon makes it an antioxidant-packed snack. Try cutting it up and storing it in the freezer for a treat during warmer months.

If there is one way all of us could improve upon in our diets, it&rsquos eating more seafood. Less than 10% of us get the recommended 8-12 ounces per week! The omega-3 fatty acids in fish are key to offsetting inflammation, which can lead to skin cell damage, flaking, dryness, and overall dull appearance. Other great sources of omega-3's include herring, mackerel, tuna, shrimp, sardines, sea bass, halibut, and lobster

Oats provide selenium, an antioxidant compound that helps protect cells from damage (the type that could ultimately lead to mutation and tumor growth long-term). Plus, the prebiotics found in oats fuel your body&rsquos beneficial probiotics, bolstering your immune system overall.

Plant-based oils like corn oil also supply your body with omega-3&rsquos, helping to minimize inflammation. Since these oils are also low in saturated fat, they're the perfect choice for cooking to add flavor and increase the antioxidant content of your meal &mdash benefiting your skin cells and heart health.

The ellagic acid found in many plant-based foods like nuts has been linked to protecting skin cells from UV damage. Pecans also pack antioxidants and minerals, like vitamins A and E, plus calcium and potassium. They&rsquore also a source of zinc which is another nutrient that may help to promote glowing skin and protect immunity.

The polyphenolic compounds found in olives may help protect cells from disruption and improve blood flow throughout your body. Choose these antioxidant-packed fruits to help protect skin cells and improve health overall. They'll fill you up with a combo of unsaturated fat and fiber.

Herbs and spices like garlic, oregano, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger can lend a hand, too. Early research has linked them to reducing the production of Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs). These compounds can cause structural changes in skin when they accumulate, but your favorite flavorings may help slow down the build-up of AGEs.

Red, green, and black grapes provide a combo of ellagic acid and resveratrol, two compounds that help combat oxidative stress. Another may also aid in maintaining skin cell regeneration.

One of vitamin C's most powerful roles is producing collagen, a protein that gives your skin its elasticity. Collagen breaks down as you age and causes wrinkle formation, but a vitamin C-packed kiwi can provide 141% of your daily value and help counteract this effect, says dermatologist Lauren Ploch, MD, MEd, FAAD.

These bright berries are full of good-for-you vitamin C and flavonoids, both of which maintain and promote skin health. The best part? Even though they're seasonal, they retain their nutrients when frozen, so you can enjoy the skin-soothing benefits all year round.

"The fish's high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation, which can affect how skin looks," explains Tamara Melton, MS, RDN, LD. Nutrients like vitamin D and antioxidants can also reduce the risk of skin cancer and help with acne and rosacea, Ploch adds.

Eggs are a source of lutein, which helps keep skin hydrated and firm. It also promotes the natural oils that help keep you looking radiant, so feel free to start your day with a veggie omelet. Or, in place of higher-fat proteins, try adding it to sandwiches.

Tomatoes boast lycopene, a pigment that's naturally found in skin. While it won't replace sunscreen, this antioxidant can offer long-term protection against UV radiation and neutralize harmful free radicals, says dermatologist Rajani Katta, MD.

These powerhouse veggies are packed with the carotene compounds lutein and zeaxanthin, which are integral for protecting and hydrating your skin cells and keeping skin damage at bay. Try eating them in smoothies, salads, sautés and even as snacks, like baked kale chips.

Regularly eating these vitamin C-rich veggies naturally boosts your body's collagen, which helps keep your skin firm and youthful-looking. Bonus: Vitamin C also strengthens your immune system, so adding sliced peppers to salads and sandwiches can also keep that winter cold away.

Zinc is another immune-boosting mineral that can help protect skin cells from long-term damage. Luckily, it's found in all kinds of shellfish like shrimp, oysters, and mussels. Even better, they're lower in calories as sources of lean protein.

Mushrooms contain selenium, an important mineral that helps protect our skin from sun damage. Try swapping portobello "steaks" for high-fat red meat, or add the sautéed or raw versions to a salad.

Nuts and seeds alike are packed with vitamin E, which helps protect our body's cells and give our skin a healthy glow. Plus, since vitamin E has also been linked to lowering the risk of heart disease, sprinkling sunflower seeds into salads, soups, sautés, or eating a handful as a snack delivers an extra health perk.

Mangoes are loaded with beta-carotene, which helps your skin repair itself, stay smooth, and even delay the appearance of wrinkles. And &mdash yes, there's more! &mdash they're packed with vitamin A, which protects cells and helps them regenerate. When they're out of season, you can get the same effects from winter squash and sweet potatoes, as well as carrots, cantaloupe, and apricots.


20 Foods for Better, Healthier, Younger-Looking Skin

We've all heard the saying "you are what you eat." It's a cliché, but consistently eating healthfully can really help get you that radiant look. Shifting toward more Mediterranean-style meals is arguably the best way to eat for better skin and overall health. The antioxidants, like beta carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, and B vitamins, function as bodyguards to your skin cells, helping protect them from damage. Omega-3's are also key for skin health and appearance, helping minimize the inflammation that can lead to cell degradation over time. To get those crucial nutrients, add these foods to your grocery shopping list, ASAP:

Drinking more water is the simplest and speediest way to boost your glow and keep skin (and your tissues!) functioning at their best. Try adding fresh citrus or berries to liven up plain sparkling or still water. How much you need to drink varies depending on the person, but I'd make two liters (about eight cups) your minimum. You&rsquoll need more if you exercise vigorously or generally sweat a lot!

Two cups of cubed watermelon equal a full cup of water and can help you (and therefore your skin cells) stay hydrated. Plus, the beta-carotene and vitamin C found in watermelon makes it an antioxidant-packed snack. Try cutting it up and storing it in the freezer for a treat during warmer months.

If there is one way all of us could improve upon in our diets, it&rsquos eating more seafood. Less than 10% of us get the recommended 8-12 ounces per week! The omega-3 fatty acids in fish are key to offsetting inflammation, which can lead to skin cell damage, flaking, dryness, and overall dull appearance. Other great sources of omega-3's include herring, mackerel, tuna, shrimp, sardines, sea bass, halibut, and lobster

Oats provide selenium, an antioxidant compound that helps protect cells from damage (the type that could ultimately lead to mutation and tumor growth long-term). Plus, the prebiotics found in oats fuel your body&rsquos beneficial probiotics, bolstering your immune system overall.

Plant-based oils like corn oil also supply your body with omega-3&rsquos, helping to minimize inflammation. Since these oils are also low in saturated fat, they're the perfect choice for cooking to add flavor and increase the antioxidant content of your meal &mdash benefiting your skin cells and heart health.

The ellagic acid found in many plant-based foods like nuts has been linked to protecting skin cells from UV damage. Pecans also pack antioxidants and minerals, like vitamins A and E, plus calcium and potassium. They&rsquore also a source of zinc which is another nutrient that may help to promote glowing skin and protect immunity.

The polyphenolic compounds found in olives may help protect cells from disruption and improve blood flow throughout your body. Choose these antioxidant-packed fruits to help protect skin cells and improve health overall. They'll fill you up with a combo of unsaturated fat and fiber.

Herbs and spices like garlic, oregano, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger can lend a hand, too. Early research has linked them to reducing the production of Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs). These compounds can cause structural changes in skin when they accumulate, but your favorite flavorings may help slow down the build-up of AGEs.

Red, green, and black grapes provide a combo of ellagic acid and resveratrol, two compounds that help combat oxidative stress. Another may also aid in maintaining skin cell regeneration.

One of vitamin C's most powerful roles is producing collagen, a protein that gives your skin its elasticity. Collagen breaks down as you age and causes wrinkle formation, but a vitamin C-packed kiwi can provide 141% of your daily value and help counteract this effect, says dermatologist Lauren Ploch, MD, MEd, FAAD.

These bright berries are full of good-for-you vitamin C and flavonoids, both of which maintain and promote skin health. The best part? Even though they're seasonal, they retain their nutrients when frozen, so you can enjoy the skin-soothing benefits all year round.

"The fish's high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation, which can affect how skin looks," explains Tamara Melton, MS, RDN, LD. Nutrients like vitamin D and antioxidants can also reduce the risk of skin cancer and help with acne and rosacea, Ploch adds.

Eggs are a source of lutein, which helps keep skin hydrated and firm. It also promotes the natural oils that help keep you looking radiant, so feel free to start your day with a veggie omelet. Or, in place of higher-fat proteins, try adding it to sandwiches.

Tomatoes boast lycopene, a pigment that's naturally found in skin. While it won't replace sunscreen, this antioxidant can offer long-term protection against UV radiation and neutralize harmful free radicals, says dermatologist Rajani Katta, MD.

These powerhouse veggies are packed with the carotene compounds lutein and zeaxanthin, which are integral for protecting and hydrating your skin cells and keeping skin damage at bay. Try eating them in smoothies, salads, sautés and even as snacks, like baked kale chips.

Regularly eating these vitamin C-rich veggies naturally boosts your body's collagen, which helps keep your skin firm and youthful-looking. Bonus: Vitamin C also strengthens your immune system, so adding sliced peppers to salads and sandwiches can also keep that winter cold away.

Zinc is another immune-boosting mineral that can help protect skin cells from long-term damage. Luckily, it's found in all kinds of shellfish like shrimp, oysters, and mussels. Even better, they're lower in calories as sources of lean protein.

Mushrooms contain selenium, an important mineral that helps protect our skin from sun damage. Try swapping portobello "steaks" for high-fat red meat, or add the sautéed or raw versions to a salad.

Nuts and seeds alike are packed with vitamin E, which helps protect our body's cells and give our skin a healthy glow. Plus, since vitamin E has also been linked to lowering the risk of heart disease, sprinkling sunflower seeds into salads, soups, sautés, or eating a handful as a snack delivers an extra health perk.

Mangoes are loaded with beta-carotene, which helps your skin repair itself, stay smooth, and even delay the appearance of wrinkles. And &mdash yes, there's more! &mdash they're packed with vitamin A, which protects cells and helps them regenerate. When they're out of season, you can get the same effects from winter squash and sweet potatoes, as well as carrots, cantaloupe, and apricots.