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10 Foods that Can Increase Skin Health

Updated: Oct 26, 2020

Want healthier skin? Sometimes it helps to look inward and adapt your diet to achieve healthy skin.

While there are plenty of skincare products that increase skin health, there are certain foods that when paired with these products, lead to healthier skin.

Winter is coming and for many of us, this means dry and dull skin. So, it’s more important than ever to prioritize foods that increase skin health. Let’s explore 10 of those foods so you can integrate them into your diet.


Ever notice that avocadoes are a common ingredient in face masks? That is because avocadoes are one of the best foods for your skin.

Avocadoes are rich in healthy fats which lead to more supple skin. Healthy fats are important for the body to have enough of so that you can absorb other vitamins.

Avocadoes are also rich in vitamin E which many people have trouble getting enough of. Vitamin E is an essential antioxidant which helps protect your skin from damage.


As we just mentioned, vitamin E is a crucial vitamin for skin health. And it is more effective when consumed with vitamin C. Kiwis contain more vitamin C than oranges!

Vitamin C is another antioxidant that protects skin from sun damage and effects of aging.

Vitamin C is a nutrient that helps collagen production which keeps the skin hydrated. That is especially important in the winter.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are rich in beta carotene. Consuming enough beta carotene can add a warm glow to your skin and improve the overall appearance of your skin.

They also are full of carotenoids which protect the skin and keep your skin looking healthy.

Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate firms the skin.

Dark chocolate is also full of flavanols—a crucial antioxidant.

This ingredient produces blood flow which hydrates the skin and brings nutrients to the skin.

Look for dark chocolate that is high in cacao but low in sugar since sugar is not good for the skin.

Green Tea

Polyphenols are found in green tea which are crucial for smoother skin.

This ingredient is also responsible for minimizing fine lines.

Green tea tones skin and fights acne.

If you can, avoid putting milk in your green tea as milk can counteract the antioxidant properties of the green tea.


Salmon is high in healthy fats, particularly omega-3s. It is important when it comes to healthy cellular development.

This fish is also responsible for keeping moisture levels high in the skin.


Kale is full of antioxidants and vitamins that are essential for skin health.

Studies show that people who consumer 3 servings of kale each week have a lesser chance of getting skin cancer!


Yogurt is full of probiotics which are responsible for fighting inflammation. Inflammation makes you more likely to develop skin conditions like acne and psoriasis.

The probiotics found in yogurt also help with developing firmer skin.

Yogurt is known to help detox the skin. Just be sure to look for something high in protein but lower in sugar like Greek yogurt.


Beans are good for your skin because they are high in zinc which helps when it comes to skin health and beans are known to fight acne. A zinc deficiency can bring about skin inflammation so it’s important to consume enough and beans are a perfect source.


Love being outside but worry the sun damages your skin? Tomatoes contain a high level of lycopene which protects the skin from sun damage.

Tomatoes also prevent wrinkling of the skin.

How do you consume foods that improve skin health? We’d love to hear all about it in the comments below!

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