Nutrition: Skin food

The weather outside is frightful, but your skin looks so delightful!

By Hannah Dentry, WAC Dietitian

So, you stocked up on your favorite winter skincare products and you’re all set until spring, right? Maybe not! Studies show that the natural components from certain foods play a huge role in your skin health. This winter, eat your way to glowing, nourished skin by including the following in your diet:

Healthy fats: Plant-based fats like avocados and nuts contain Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that neutralizes free radical damage to the skin. Omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties and promote the skin’s natural retention of moisture.  Omega-3 rich foods include fatty fish like tuna, salmon, and sardines, and plant sources like walnuts and flaxseed.

Orange and red fruits and vegetables: Red bell peppers, tomatoes, oranges, grapefruit, strawberries, and watermelon—just to name a few—are all sources of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is needed to produce collagen, the structural protein that gives skin its elasticity. This subgroup of fruits and veggies also contain carotenoids (Vitamin A), powerful antioxidants that can prevent sun damage.

Water: Hydration is key for optimal wellness and especially important for healthy skin! Stay hydrated during the day by drinking a variety of clear, unsweetened liquids. These include water, sparkling water, green tea, herbal tea and even broth- based soups.

For more information on how your diet affects the health of your skin, contact hdentry@wac.netor call 206.839.4782.

—Posted February 6, 2019

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