To Your Skin's Health

5.23.2011

By Out.com Editors

We all want skin that is its very best, but do you know which foods help give your skin the youthful glow you desire?

Here's a handy checklist to get you on track to beautiful, healthy skin.

Low Fat-Dairy Products
Vitamin A is an essential ingredient to keeping skin looking fresh and healthy, and it's found in abundance in low-fat dairy products like yogurt (which also helps keeps your digestive system on track).

Sweet Potatoes
Thanks to the large concentration of beta carotene found in sweet potatoes, they're great for your complexion, and their protective qualities can even defend against sun exposure (but still use sun block, please).

Kiwi
A perfect summer snack, this tart-tasting treat is chock full of vitamin C (in fact, it contains more per serving than almost any other fruit). This vitamin C, in turn, helps the collagen in our skin stay firm. Other options for vitamin C: broccoli, strawberries, tomatoes, and, of course, oranges.

Sunflower Seeds
More than just a treat, sunflower seeds contain vast amounts of vitamin E, an antioxidant that slows the aging process of your skin, and can keep you looking younger for longer. You'll also get a ton of Vitamin E from whole-grain cereals, Swiss chard, spinach, and more.

Turkey
Arguably the most beneficial cold cut to pack into your lunchtime sandwich, turkey should be noted for its high concentration of zinc, which helps keep the firmness of your skin intact. Gobble it up and reap the benefits.

Tea
Full of antioxidants and phytonutrients, tea is a great break from the eight to ten glasses of water you should be drinking a day.

Salmon
This delectable fish is bursting with omega-3 fatty acids, which are proven to stave off the body's production of inflammatory substances. This, in and of itself, can decrease your number of wrinkles, clogged pores, and troublesome fine lines.

Snapper
Another delicious fish that's equally packed with omega-3 fatty acids, this one comes with an added bonus: selenium, a mineral that reduces risk of sunburn and helps promote an even skin tone. You'll also find selenium in mushrooms, chicken breast, wheat germ, and even whole-wheat bread.

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