Take Charge of Your Skin with 5 Healthy Foods As the old adage goes, you are what you eat, and this is entirely true when it comes to your skin. Your diet plays a crucial role in your skin health and if you happen to be eating processed foods, your skin could be paying the price. Eating healthy is not only good for your skin, but also beneficial for your entire spectrum of health. Everything from your immune system to your muscles relies on the nutrients you consume. Eat these foods to enjoy glowing, radiant skin: Tomatoes A perfect summer fruit that adds delight to any summer salad or burger, tomatoes have a surprising effect on the skin. Tomatoes are full of lycopene, a chemical that helps fight off free radicals, which according to many, is the reason behind skin aging and damage. If you struggle with excessively oily skin, tomatoes can be your new best friend. Eating tomatoes balances out the oil production in the skin, allowing you to finally achieve harmony between the perpetual struggle of being too oily or dry. Rich in vitamin C and A, tomatoes can turn any meek, damaged complexion into a glowing one. These vitamins also assist in healing sun damage; balancing out all the time you spend in the sun during the heat-intense summer months. Avocados If you’ve noticed a trend of all-things-avocado, there’s a reason why. Not only are these buttery smooth fruits oddly delectable, but also they’re all around good for your health. Avocados are full of healthy fats, chlorophyll, and vitamin E, and all of these elements are great for the skin. Chlorophyll reduces inflammation and the healthy fats that avocados provide adds and retains moisture, curbing any dry, flaky skin. Vitamin E works to give your skin a smooth feeling, stopping wrinkles in their tracks. Walnuts Full of nourishing fats, walnuts are another super snack food that excels in skin health. Walnuts reduce inflammation, which means less annoying breakouts, puffiness, and redness. And although walnuts tend to be high in fat, they’re high in good fats, like omega-3. Walnuts have plenty of protein and fiber, and both are advantageous to hair and skin health. These nuts also protect the skin against damaging UV rays, so next time you’re hanging around the pool for the day, pack a bag of walnuts (and sunscreen). Figs Figs go a long way back when it comes to human consumption, and their benefits for the skin have been proven for just as long. Figs are full of vitamin C, a nutrient that works to repair damaged skin and can be great for skin conditions or healing sun damage from ultraviolet radiation. This magical vitamin is helpful for numerous skin problems and can leave you with a brightened skin tone due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Strawberries Who doesn’t want to eat strawberries? These deliciously juicy fruits are packed full of the beneficial vitamin C, a nutrient that is essential for illuminating skin. Vitamin C is comprised of antioxidants, an immune system booster, and also has a role in the production of collagen. Collagen is touted as an anti-aging element, making skin cells firmer and plumper for a youthful and wrinkle-free look. Skip the expensive anti-aging, anti-wrinkle facial products and instead indulge in a bowl of ripe strawberries to smooth out your skin. If you suffer from chronic skin conditions, dry or flaky skin, adult acne, or tend to fall somewhere in between, make an appointment with your dermatologist today. A simple diet change can do wonders for skin, and your local dermatology expert can guide you in the right direction to get that healthy, glowing complexion. About the Author: Dr. Thomas Balshi is Delray Beach’s expert dermatologist. He has been board certified by both The American Board of Medical Specialties in internal medicine (2002) and the American Board of Physician Specialties in dermatology (2005 and recertified in 2013). Book a free consultation with him today!