Looking for glowing, youthful skin? The answer may be in your diet. The food we digest gets broken down into vitamins and used throughout the body. Vitamins are the “good stuff” that our body uses to build healthy skin. The skin is the largest organ of the body and requires nutrients just as the brain or heart.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is known to boost the body’s collagen levels. Collagen is a protein that maintains skin and other connective tissues. Vitamin C-rich foods include citrus fruits and dark leafy vegetables like spinach.

Healthy Oils

Healthy oils like olive oil contain fatty acids that keep skin cell membranes healthy. This means, the cells of the skin are protected from the elements. These oils also keep the skin lubricated and feeling healthy. The more oils are processed, the worse they are for your skin, so look for “extra virgin” on the package which means the preparation includes the least amount of processing.

Selenium

Selenium increases skin elasticity and according to some studies, may reduce skin cancer. Brazil nuts are high in selenium, not to mention delicious! They also contain healthy fats and oils which can replace the unhealthy fats in your diet that can contribute to skin blemishes. Selenium is also found in whole-wheat breads, turkey and tuna.

Water

Water keeps the body (including the skin), hydrated. Hydrate your body and your skin will be happy and the mirror will show it! Depending upon activity, the experts recommend at least eight glasses every day, or about a half-gallon.