12 12-seasonal vegetables to eat for bright skinEnhance beauty from the inside out with these four seasonal food choices.

Topical creams and doctors’ office treatments aren’t the only ways to gain a glow. Julie Daniluk, nutritionist, bestselling author of Meals That Heal Inflammation and co-host of the Oprah Winfrey Network’s Healthy Gourmet, shares four foods to pile high in your fridge and pantry to ensure your skin survives winter with suppleness!

Look for seasonal, local, cold-weather produce in fresh heaps in the perimeter of your grocery store.

1. Squash

Few things say wintery fare like root vegetables. “Squash, in particular, is very high in vitamin A, which is important for skin cell turn over,” says Daniluk. “It aids in the repair and maintenance of your skin, while vitamin A deficiencies can lead to a dry, flaky complexion.”

Eat it: Add puréed squash to soups in lieu of cream or milk. Or try this roasting trick: Halve and roast your squash first, making seeding and scooping out the soft flesh a cinch!

2. Onions

This allium family member, cousins include garlic, chives, leeks and shallots, offers a rich supply of the flavonoid quercetin, a natural anti-histamine and antioxidant that helps reduce allergic skin reactions and combats free radical damage. Other sources of the powerful plant pigment? Citrus fruits, apples, parsley, sage, tea and red wine, to name a few.

Eat it: Daniluk suggests thinly slicing red onions for salads so you can reap their maximum nutrient benefits.

3. Kale

“Kale is packed with so many nutrients – vitamins A, C and K, calcium and magnesium, among others – it can literally be considered a multivitamin for your skin.” Found in leafy greens, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, green beans and asparagus, fat-soluble vitamin K is widely available in topical creams as it may help reduce bruises, scars, stretch marks and burns, and is used to treat rosacea.

Eat it: Try kale in soups and stews – it’ll hold up better than spinach or chard.         

4. Oysters

Seafood offers a bevy of feel-good nutrients for your dermis. “Fish contains omega-3 fatty acids that directly reduce the inflammation of skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis and acne,” explains Daniluk.

Oysters are also packed with the mineral zinc, which Daniluk says may reduce acne breakouts. “Zinc helps regulate hormone production, which can cause acne breakouts when out of balance. It also regulates the skin’s oil production.”

Eat it: Oysters can be enjoyed grilled or oven-roasted. Take caution when eating raw oysters and only buy from reputable beds.