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Love a good Caprese or some chips and salsa? You’re in luck. “Tomatoes are wonderful for skin health since they’re high in vitamin C and also contain lycopene, a powerful carotenoid that helps shield your skin from UV damage and can help protect against cancer cells too,” says celebrity chef and certified nutritionist Serena Poon.
Turn back the hands of time with sweet potatoes and other orange foods. “Sweet potatoes are high in carotenoids, which are known to protect against UV damage and help improve skin elasticity, hydration and texture,” says Poon. “They also help ward off wrinkles and age spots.”
Probiotic foods, such as kimchi and sauerkraut, help support a healthy gut microbiome, which leads to balance in the skin microbiome and, in turn, boosts skin health, explains Poon. “Aside from eating probiotic-rich foods, people can also support gut health by avoiding inflammatory foods, eating a fiber-rich diet (lots of vegetables, fruits and legumes), and taking a high-quality probiotic and prebiotic supplement.”
“Foods that are rich in antioxidants and Vitamin C—such as oranges, lemons, kale and strawberries—help protect your skin from damaging free radicals that can cause oxidative stress and lead tosigns of aging, like wrinkles and sun spots,” says Poon. Eating more of these fruits and veggies can also lead to better skin elasticity.
A spoonful of flaxseed a day keeps the fine lines away. Flaxseed oil contains high levels of ALA, or alpha-lipoic acid, which works to support skin health by boosting hydration and smoothness, says Poon. It also offers plenty of anti-inflammatory effects. “This is important because many skin conditions are caused by systemic inflammation,” she points out. Add a spoonful to your morning smoothie or oatmeal to get your daily dose.