We know that beauty comes from the inside out, and the same can be said for the appearance of your skin. Just like refined carbs and artificial sugars can make you break out, healthy fats and water-rich foods can give your skin that enviable glow. "There's a growing body of research showing that diet really does affect your complexion," said Jessica Wu, MD, a Los Angeles–based dermatologist and author of Feed Your Face, to Prevention. "What you eat can affect your hormone balance, cause acne, and create or lessen inflammation, which is associated with skin aging." Below, read up on the three doctor-recommended foods proven to brighten, smooth and revitalize your skin:
Avocados top the list of skin-healthy foods for dietitian Elisa Zied. "These are filled with a healthy type of fat, monosaturated fat, which helps your skin stay hydrated," she told WebMD. "That same healthy fat can also help you absorb some vitamins and nutrients that your skin needs."
Considering that people are now applying olive oil directly to their faces, it's no surprise that it's considered to be one of the most skin-healthy foods. "Olive oil contains potent antioxidants, said Elizabeth Tanzi, MD, founder of Capital Laser & Skin Care, to Women's Health. "These include vitamin E and polyphenols, which help to gather and neutralize free radicals that can otherwise damage the skin and advance the appearance of aging."
This citrusy fruit is loaded with water; snacking on them throughout the week will help rehydrate and replenish your skin cells. What's more, "One large orange is an excellent source of vitamin C, which helps make collagen—and that, in turn, helps keep your skin supple," adds Zied.
What skin-protecting foods would you add to this list? Do you have a go-to? Share your thoughts below!