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Dull Skin

The skin is the largest organ in the body, and radiant skin is the sign of health. Nurture your skin by eating well. For the most skin-boosting diet, seek nutritional counseling from a professional.

Don’t skip fat. Fat is essential to maintaining skin radiance, because omega-6 fatty acids are responsible for building cell membranes and maintaining skin lubrication. Eat healthy, unsaturated fats like those from oily fishes, like salmon and sardines. If you’re a vegetarian (or even if you’re not) chow down on walnuts, avocado and olive oil.

Also seek out foods rich in vitamins and antioxidants. Orange foods like oranges and sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin C, which is key to the creation of collagen, a protein that gives skin its firmness and resiliency. Sunflower seeds, almonds and spinach are excellent sources of vitamin E, an antioxidant that provides protection from the sun’s radiation. Zinc is also skin-friendly, helping the skin repair damage and reducing acne. Find zinc in foods like turkey, oysters and tahini. Finally, make sure to drink plenty of water to keep the skin hydrated—at least eight glasses a day.

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