12 10 healthy skin diet superfoods  anti aging clear skinThink a well-stocked bathroom cabinet is the only way to achieve youthful skin?

A well-balanced diet of nutrient-filled superfoods can help slow down signs of aging, like wrinkles and sagging.

“Vitamins and minerals in general have the power to affect our skin: to make it healthier, more radiant and glowing,” says Hana Klimczak, a registered dietitian at Nutritioncheck in Toronto. “By including antioxidant rich foods, such as those high in Vitamins A, C, and E, zinc, selenium and copper, as well as other skin benefiting nutrients like vitamin B complex and omega 3 fatty acids, you will be helping your skin look and feel its best.”

Klimczak shares what foods should become a regular fixture in your diet and lead you to supple skin.

1. NUTS & SEEDS

Almonds, walnuts and other nuts and seeds, are loaded with vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps reduce the appearance of pesky fine lines and wrinkles (like crow’s feet), and it keeps your skin feeling smooth.

In addition to vitamin E, nuts and seeds are also a good source of healthy fats, which help to maintain healthy skin, hair and nails.

2. BLACK CURRANTS

These dark berries are rich with vitamin C, an antioxidant that repairs cells and plays an important part in the production of collagen, an essential protein that’s involved in the production of skin. This powerful fruit also helps keep wrinkles at bay and maintains your skin’s health.

3. SALMON

Packed full of omega 3 fatty acids, this fish aids in the creation of cell membranes, which are responsible for holding the skin’s moisture. More moisture means healthier, glowing skin and strong hair and nails.

4. WATER

Aside from including essential fatty acids as part of your regular diet, Klimczak also explains that “we also need to drink plenty of fluids, such as water and green tea, to ensure proper hydration, as this will give our skin elasticity. Make sure you have your 6-8 cups of fluids per day.”

5. TOMATOES

Pollution and unprotected sun exposure are just some of the ways our skin is exposed to harmful free radicals. Lycopene, one of the many powerful antioxidants that are packed into tomatoes, can aid in preventing free radical damage to your skin cells.

Lycopene, along with the frequent application of sunscreen daily, can boost your skin’s protection against harsh UV rays and assist in preventing sunburns.

Tomatoes are also a terrific source of vitamin A, an antioxidant that’s involved in the growth and maintenance of cells, as well as their ability to repair themselves.

6. WATERMELON

Like tomatoes, adding this refreshing summertime fruit to your diet will provide you with added resistance to potential skin damage caused by the sun.