10 Foods for Healthy Skin

What you eat shows on your face.

Dig in to these delicious beautifiers—research shows they'll bring you a smooth, clear, "I just ran 5 miles" glow. Plus, products that deliver the same nutrients, fast.


Party all night and still look fresh and dewy the next morning. Almonds' vitamin E brightens drab "hungover" skin by neutralizing free radicals, molecules that dull your look. Plus, almonds' fatty acids make you gleam, say SELF contributing experts Stephanie Clarke, R.D., and Willow Jarosh, R.D.

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The fruit throws wrinkles into reverse. Our bodies convert apricots' vitamin A to retinol, a compound that helps produce new cells. "These cells have smoother-looking barriers, as if they were 20 years younger," says Kenneth Beer, M.D., associate professor of dermatology at the University of Miami.

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Brazil Nuts

Meet your new beach essential. The savory snack fights sunburn fallout with selenium, a mineral that makes skin cells more resistant to turning into "sunburn cells" that produce faulty DNA and can eventually lead to cancer, Dr. Beer says.

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To help diminish scratches, scars and dark marks, start snacking on hummus. Chickpeas' protein delivers the amino acids essential for tissue growth and repair, says Dee Sandquist, R.D., a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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A crab roll (whether in a hot dog bun or sushi) helps keep your face zit-free. When nasty stuff like oil and bacteria clogs pores, it leads to inflammation and acne. Enter crab's zinc: It helps reduce inflammation to minimize the pimple-making damage.

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Lee Walker Helland

SELF gives you great advice on being healthy, happy, slimmer, fitter and less stressed.
SELF gives you great advice on being healthy, happy, slimmer, fitter and less stressed.

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