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Superfoods for skin

Superfoods for skin

These nourishing skin superfoods will keep your complexion looking radiant and vital.


Not all antioxidants are created equal. And evidence suggests astaxanthin is unparalleled in its antioxidant properties, surpassing other skincare superfoods, like vitamin E.1 Perhaps most notably, astaxanthin is said to be 6,000 times stronger than another antioxidant powerhouse, vitamin C, which can often be found lining bathroom cabinets.2 Eat it: Wild salmon


Widely believed to function as an antioxidant, CoQ10 is thought to play a role in energy production as it’s closely involved in the metabolic processes that convert glucose into energy. Since the body’s ability to make CoQ10 declines with age, ensuring a plentiful intake is essential. Eat it: Mackerel

Green tea

The properties of green tea are important in skin health. As a drink, it’s crammed with antioxidants, which is why you often find green tea extract in so many skincare products. Drink it: Aim for one to two cups daily

Vitamin A

Vitamin A contributes to the maintenance of normal skin. And that’s why retinol (a topical vitamin A) is such a popular skincare superstar. Eat it: Sweet potato

Vitamin C

Arguably the best-known antioxidant in the skincare arena, vitamin C contributes to the normal collagen formation for the normal function of skin. Eat it: Spinach


Contributing to the maintenance of normal skin, biotin is an important nutrient to consume on a daily basis. Eat it: Eggs


Members of the flavonoid family, some call anthocyanidins the Big Daddy of the antioxidant world. A regular dietary intake of anthocyanidins may support the body’s collagen formation. Eat it: Blueberries

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is an old hand at the beauty game – and no wonder. This little guy works hard to keep skin radiant by contributing to the protection of cells from oxidative stress. Eat it: Sunflower seeds


Another important antioxidant, selenium contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress. Eat it: Brazil nuts


The mineral, zinc, supports your complexion in two ways: firstly, it contributes to the maintenance of normal skin; secondly, it contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress (aka the loss of collagen and elastin fibres). Eat it: Pumpkin seeds

Sea buckthorn berry oil

The berries found in the sea buckthorn plant aren’t only tremendously rich in skin-loving antioxidants, but also in the omega 7 essential fatty acid, palmitoleic acid, which works hard to keep skin healthy. Find it: Nutritional supplements

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  1. , Antioxidant activities of astaxanthin and related carotenoids. J Agric Food Chem. ;48(4): 1150-4.

  2. , Astaxanthin: sources, extraction, stability, biological activities and its commercial applications--a review. Mar Drugs. ;12(1): 128-152.


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