Laura Iu

When it comes to skincare, many people focus their efforts on topical body products like creams or serums. These products can be helpful (SPF FTW!), but another way to support your skin is from within. And that’s through food.

Through food, you can hydrate your skin, promote cell turnover, improve elasticity, and protect against free radical damage. Although food itself won’t necessarily resolve all skin issues, frequently researched antioxidants, vitamins (A, C, E), as well as omega 3 fatty acids contain properties that have been shown to protect, support and repair skin.

To give you an idea of what foods you can add to support your skincare, I’ve rounded up a few foods that you can focus on adding:

Berries – Strawberries, blueberries and raspberries contain powerful antioxidants. When free radicals build up in the body, it can cause damage to cells. A benefit of consuming foods rich in antioxidants is that it can fight off the free radicals and prevent further damage to cells.

Green tea – Rich in antioxidants called polyphenols, green tea can protect against UV damage and combats inflammation.

Citrus fruits – Raw citrus fruits are high in vitamin C, which promotes collagen production, the protein that gives skin its elasticity.

Bell peppers – Red bell peppers are packed with vitamin A, which protects cells and promotes cell turnover, revealing healthier skin underneath. For variety, consider mangoes, spinach, carrots and cantaloupe.

Water – Your skin is composed of cells that need water to function. It needs moisture to stay flexible and even mild dehydration can contribute to skin feeling dry, cracked and irritated. Aim to drink more water and keep that selfcare routine going strong.

Avocado – When you’re experiencing dry skin, the omega-3 fatty acids in avocado can help retain your skin’s natural oil barrier and keep your skin hydrated. Omega-3s also provide anti-inflammatory effects and may protect the skin from inflammatory skin conditions. Other plant-based omega-3 fatty acids like flaxseed oil and nuts have the added bonus of containing considerable amounts of vitamin E, which can be beneficial for reducing UV damage to skin.

By incorporating some of these foods, you can help nourish your skin from the inside out.  And since we can all use a little support sometimes, Complexion and Vegan Collagen Boost Capsules can be another helpful place to support your skincare routine.