Diet Dos and Don’ts for Beautiful Skin

Sunday, September 30, 2012 | Tips & How-Tos

Diet Dos and Don'ts for Beautiful Skin

The impact of a healthy diet doesn’t stop at slim physique. Incorporating foods high in antioxidants and healthy fats can make as much a difference in your skin’s appearance as your waistline. Here are five easy ways to eat for a better complexion!

  1. Go Mediterranean with fish, tomatoes, red wine and olive oil. The omega-3 fatty acids in fish help nourish skin cell membranes, while the antioxidants in olive oil, tomatoes and red wine help block damaging free radicals.
  2. Goodbye White. Get rid of the refined sugar, white bread and pasta, which can increase the stress hormone cortisol linked to breakouts.
  3. Good Fat? It’s true. Your skin needs some fat, especially the good kind found in nuts and avocado. Unsaturated fats help the body absorb complexion-friendly antioxidants and strengthen cell membranes.
  4. Resistant Starch. Piling your plate with RS foods, like bananas and sweet potatoes, boosts metabolism and keeps you feeling fuller longer, which steers you clear of skin-damaging fat and sugar-packed snacks.
  5. Berry Pretty. Fruit favorites, like blueberries and raspberries, contain powerful antioxidants that can help neutralize the free radicals that contribute to wrinkles, brown spots and other signs of aging.