10 Best Superfoods for Glowing Skin

by Dawn Chen
LIFESTYLE  |  August 08, 2016
  • Tomatoes
    1 / 10 Tomatoes

    Eating tomatoes may be key to greater sun protection. Tomatoes – especially cooked ones – have naturally high levels of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant. A study from Newcastle University in the UK found that women who ate five tablespoons of tomato paste daily over a 12 week period had less DNA damage from UV exposure. (Note: eating tomatoes doesn’t mean you can neglect sunscreen!) 

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  • Avocados
    2 / 10 Avocados

    This buttery fruit is a great source of vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps protect, strengthen and repair skin. It’s also rich in essential fatty acids that help maintain skin’s natural moisture levels – hello smooth, hydrated skin!  

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  • Dark chocolate
    3 / 10 Dark chocolate

    You don’t need another reason to enjoy dark chocolate, but chomp on these sweet treats knowing that they’re high in cocoa flavanols, a plant compound that helps hydrate skin and improve blood circulation.  

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  • Broccoli
    4 / 10 Broccoli

    This veggie is high in vitamins C and E, and eating it will help stimulate collagen production for healthy, youthful skin. Broccoli also contains a compound called glucoraphanin which gets converted to sulforaphane, an antioxidant that helps renew skin more quickly. 

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  • Blueberries
    5 / 10 Blueberries

    Packed with antioxidants, blueberries help protect the skin against harmful free radicals that can damage skin cells and make you look older. These little berries are also big on vitamin C, a vital factor in the production of collagen. 

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  • Eggs
    6 / 10 Eggs

    There are heaps of beauty products out there that feature eggs in their ingredient list, and for good reason too. Besides being a good source of protein, eggs are also full of the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin to help increase protection against UV damage. Eggs also have selenium, a mineral that helps maintain skin’s firmness and elasticity. 

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  • Carrots
    7 / 10 Carrots

    High in beta carotene (an antioxidant that converts to vitamin A inside the body), munching on carrots will help promote skin repair and offer added protection against sun damage. Carrots also have heaps of carotenoids, an antioxidant that will give skin a healthy glow. 

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  • Salmon
    8 / 10 Salmon

    This fish is high in omega-3, a fatty acid that helps strengthen skin cells and reduce inflammation in the body. A study by the University of Manchester has also shown that taking omega-3 fish oils may protect against skin cancer. 

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  • Almonds
    9 / 10 Almonds

    Almonds contain many minerals and vitamins that are essential for healthy skin, one of which is vitamin E. Vitamin E helps protect skin cells from UV damage and other free radicals. Almonds are also a good source of protein, the building block of skin. 

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  • Pumpkin seeds
    10 / 10 Pumpkin seeds

    Besides giving your salads an extra crunch, pumpkin seeds are also good for your skin because they’re high in zinc. Zinc has anti-inflammatory properties and can help soothe skin. It’s also said to be effective in promoting skin renewal for a glowing complexion. 

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