5 Delicious Foods to Help Promote Skin Health

5 Delicious Foods to Help Promote Skin Health

Try these foods to promote skin health
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As a registered dietitian, one of the more common questions I’m asked from readers and clients is about skin health — particularly how to get glowing, clear skin.

I also know firsthand what it’s like to have skin that sits at both sides of the spectrum, having everything from acne in my teens and early 20s to clear and glowing skin now. During those times when my skin was less than amazing, I found that, in addition to reducing my stress levels, removing certain food triggers from my diet helped my skin improve.

While there are many foods that may offer a number of benefits when it comes to skin health, there are some I personally turn to. Check out my favorite five below.

Carrots
There’s a good chance you’ve already heard that carrots are good for your eyes, but did you know they can do wonders for your skin, too? Foods rich in beta carotene, like carrots, may be helpful in reducing sun sensitivity among certain folks. It’s also a good source of vitamin C, which may help skin heal faster.

How to add them to your diet
Try roasted carrots with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and a drizzle of tahini. The tahini (healthy fat) will help your body absorb the fat-soluble antioxidants, such as vitamins A and E, so you can get that glow.

Fatty fish
I love trying to incorporate fresh fish into my meals, especially fatty fish like salmon.

Fatty fish is often included in a healthy diet since it’s a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and protein. Omega-3s may help reduce inflammation, which can contribute to facial redness and acne. It may also decrease inflammation from psoriasis.

In addition, fatty fish is a great source of the mineral zinc. StudiesTrusted Source show that low levels of zinc can contribute to skin inflammation and acne.

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