17 Anti-Aging Foods That Will Boost Your Skin's Natural Glow

Looking in the mirror shouldn't make you want to turn your head away because your skin appears dull and lifeless. Fortunately, all you really have to do is change your diet and add a few different foods to your day that can bring the glow back.

Fish

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When you look at a piece of fish, you probably see that it has an oily appearance. The omega-3 fatty acids in some types of fish are actually good for your skin. Salmon and tuna are the best options to enjoy at least once a week. You can also get fish oil to take if you don't like eating seafood.

Nuts

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Most kinds of nuts are shiny on the outside. This is because they also have omega-3 fatty acids in them as well as zinc and vitamin E. All of these combine to deliver the essentials that your skin needs to stay healthy and glowing. Try to eat more walnuts than other types because these have the highest amount of omega-3 fatty acids in them along with cashews.

Avocados

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These aren't just for making guacamole anymore! They are full of fats that are healthy for you to enjoy. They also have high levels of vitamin D in them. If you add one or two to your diet, then you'll begin to notice that your skin is moisturized and that it has its elasticity back.

Teas

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A beverage that you can enjoy aside from water is green tea. The antioxidants help to protect your skin from sun damage if you like being outside and can also help in taming breakouts that occur. Green tea can also calm redness and irritations that you might have on your face.

Yogurt

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Enjoy a cup of yogurt every once in a while because it has a lot of protein and lactic acid. These products can help to decrease redness and irritation on your face while bringing the moisture back to your skin. One of the ways that you can use plain yogurt is by applying it directly to your face. You can also mix it with avocado or a small amount of honey to make a mask that you can leave on your face for about 15 minutes. The mask will leave your face moisturized and smooth.

Berries

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Just about any kind of berry that you can eat is good for your skin. At the top of the list are blueberries. These small blue balls of goodness have a high amount of antioxidants in them that begin to repair damage to your skin from the inside so that you can see the results on the outside in a short time. Blueberries can help to increase collagen levels so that your skin has a youthful look and so that it feels refreshed.

Citrus

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If you've eaten any kind of citrus fruit, then you know that there's a lot of water inside. This is why citrus fruits are ideal to include in your diet if you want healthy skin. Oranges are among the healthiest of these fruits to enjoy because they have more antioxidants in them, but you can't go wrong with eating any kind of citrus during the week.

Tomatoes

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Although the taste might not be the greatest, tomatoes are healthy for your skin because they have a lot of water in them and because of the vitamin C that they contain. The carotenoids in tomatoes can help prevent wrinkles and can help to protect your skin if you like being in the sun. Consider sauteed tomatoes with olive oil, a squeeze or lemon juice, and a few herbs so that you have a small salad that is full of healthy fats and antioxidants. You could also prepare tomatoes and olive oil with a piece of fish for a healthy meal.

Green Foods

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Any kind of green food is healthy for your skin. However, spinach and kale are among those that you want to try to include more often in your diet because of all the vitamins that are found in them. You'll get vitamins A, C, and E when you eat leafy greens such as kale and spinach. These foods will bring moisture back to your skin and help to keep it toned.

Honey

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Honey is both a sweetener and a natural antibiotic. It's beneficial to the skin not only if you consume it, but also if you apply it topically. If you're feeling creative, try making a DIY skin mask with honey and some of the other things you find on this list, like avocado and honey!

Pomegranates

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Similar to citrus fruit, pomegranates are full of vitamin C. Additionally, they contain a compound known as punicalagin, which can help preserve collagen in your skin and therefore increase its elasticity. Finally, the ellagic acid within pomegranates fights against free radical damage, so make sure to incorporate pomegranates into your diet for healthy skin.

Bell Peppers

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Oranges have a reputation for containing a high amount of vitamin C, but did you know a red bell pepper contains nearly three times more vitamin C than an orange? That's just one reason bell peppers are so great for your skin. They are full of vitamin B6, which can help with many skin conditions, as well as B9 and carotenoids.

Fermented foods

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Fermented foods, like yogurt, contain probiotics that keep the good bacteria in your body healthy and strong enough to balance out any bad bacteria. This can also help reduce inflammation and many scientists believe fermented foods could be the secret to glowing skin.

Turmeric

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Turmeric is a super-spice, and it's gotten its reputation for good reason. The health benefits of including this spice into your daily diet are numerous, but it's the anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant effects that help your skin the most. Brew yourself a cup of turmeric tea or add it to your dinner - but make sure to mix it with black pepper first, otherwise it won't be nearly as effective.

Raw cacao

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Raw cacao contains resveratrol, which acts an incredibly strong antioxidant. It can even help protect against sun damage. If you're not much of a fan of chocolate, then try eating some red grapes instead, as they also have high concentrations of this compound.

Oats

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Oatmeal's most important component is manganese, which is actually not usually associated with the health or radiance of skin. However, manganese helps your body absorb all of the vitamins and minerals your skin needs from the other foods on this list. So make sure to eat your oats, and maybe mix them with some of the other foods you've read about in this article!

Olive oil

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Last, but not least, olive oil is a delicious way to keep your skin healthy. It's full of omega 3s and polyphenols, which help keep skin moisturized and fight inflammation. So make sure you're swapping out butter for olive oil whenever you can to keep your skin healthy!

If you eat healthier than usual, do you notice a positive change in your skin? Let us know in the comments and pass this list along to your friends and family so they know which foods will make their skin radiant and beautiful!

Our content is created to the best of our knowledge, yet it is of general nature and cannot in any way substitute an individual consultation by your doctor. Your health is important to us!