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Five Best Foods to Protect Your Skin from Dryness and Aging

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Five Best Foods to Protect Your Skin from Dryness and Aging

Did you know that certain foods can protect your skin from acne, sun damage, dryness and even slowing the effects of aging?

Our Cooper Clinic Registered Dietitians share which foods you can add to your diet to keep your largest organ, your skin, in tip top shape.


  1. Walnuts: Not only are these nuts crunchy and tasty, they are also packed with omega-3 fats that can help keep the skin looking plump, while warding off dangerous toxins. These healthy fats may also help reduce skin inflammation and protect against harmful UV rays. Think of them as a sunscreen sidekick!

    Tip - Throw an ounce of raw walnuts (about 14 halves) into your beach bag for a protein packed summer time snack or sprinkle a few on top of a fresh salad.
  2. Canned Tuna: The selenium in this popular lunchbox item helps maintain skin’s firmness and elasticity. Selenium is a mineral that has antioxidant properties which means it also helps fight free radicals created by the sun.

    Tip – Want to add more selenium to your routine? Other sources include mushrooms, lobster and sunflower seeds.
  3. Carrots:  You may have heard that carrots are beneficial for your eyes, but did you know they also provide perks for your skin? They are a great source of Vitamin A, which helps minimize the dead cells on the skin’s surface. This means less clogged pores and therefore fewer breakouts!

    Tip - Want an extra boost? Cooked carrots provide even more Vitamin A then raw ones.
  4. Berries: Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries…take your pick! These tiny fruits contain more antioxidants than most fruits and vegetables. Anthocyanins, which contribute to their rich color, help reduce inflammation and may protect your skin from premature aging. 

    Tip – Enjoy a serving of mixed berries for dessert. Try this recipe for mixed berry compote the next time you need a sweet treat!
  5. Dark Chocolate: Not only does chocolate taste delicious, it also has the ability to keep your skin feeling soft. Power packed with antioxidants called flavonoids, dark chocolate helps increase blood flow to the skin and improve hydration.

    Tip - Remember when it comes to chocolate, the darker the better; and moderation is key!

Foods to avoid: Overly processed, fried or salty foods can drain your skin of moisture and lower the circulation of oxygen that is essential for healthy skin.

Keep in mind that a balanced diet is the best way to ensure glowing and vibrant skin, but adding these five foods to your intake can kick-start your quest to the greatest looking skin yet.  

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Article provided by Cooper Clinic Nutrition Services.