They say you are what you eat—so what better way to fill your diet than dermatologist-recommended foods that’ll revitalize your skin?
The following foods are go-to suggestions to boost collagen, fight wrinkles, and give your skin that coveted healthy glow:
Salmon is full of antioxidants which combat inflammation, explains Joshua Zeichner, M.D., director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.
“The free fatty acids serve as building blocks for healthy skin cells,” he explains.
Dr. Leslie Baumann, certified board dermatologist and Founder of Baumann Cosmetic&Research Institute adds: “Since our bodies don’t have the ability to produce the fatty acids, [eating them] helps reinforce your skin’s barrier, and keeps moisture in and irritants out.”
If you can, she recommends wild salmon over farm-raised for that extra dose of omega-3s.
“Though it may sound counterintuitive, the high concentration of water in watermelon can actually reduce the water retention that leads to puffiness around the eyes,” says Baumann.
“And because watermelon is low in sugar—well, compared to many other fruits—you don’t have to worry about glycation, the chemical reaction that compromises collagen and leads to lines and wrinkles.”
“Since green tea contains polyphenols, making it an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory, it can be used as a great toner to treat acne,” says Dr. Kaleroy Papantoniou, a cosmetic dermatologist.
“It’s great for healing blemishes and scars, flushes out toxins, and also keeps skin supple. The vitamin K in green tea helps lighten dark circles under the eyes, too. So, put used green tea bags in the fridge for a great 15-minute under eye treatment.”
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