Antioxidant-rich and nutrient-dense, superfoods earn their titles thanks to the numerous benefits they provide for overall health and wellness. In addition to a varied diet rich in healthy-skin staples like vibrantly colored fruits, vegetables and berries (along with salmon and green tea, to name a few), seek out the superfoods below, which help fight free radical damage and boost the skin’s vitality for a healthy, radiant complexion.
THE SUPERFOOD: CAMU CAMU
Like fellow Brazilian superfruit açai, camu camu berries feature powerful antioxidant benefits. First up: flavonoids, which aid in the fight against damaging free radicals. These dark-colored berries also boast extraordinary levels of vitamin C, an antioxidant that supports collagen production to fight fine lines and wrinkles.
FIND IT: Though fresh berries are not easily accessible in the average supermarket, camu camu can be found in supplement or powder form in health food stores.
THE SUPERFOOD: ALGAE
From chlorella to spirulina, algae are popping up in smoothies and juice bars, and supermodels tout them as skin-savers. Here’s why: Chlorella is packed with vitamins, minerals and fatty acids that are essential for healthy cell function, while spirulina contains high levels of amino acids and vitamin A, a nutrient heralded for its role in increasing skin cell turnover.
FIND IT: In powder or supplement form.
THE SUPERFOOD: CUCUMBER
Cucumber’s high water content contributes to the efficient hydration of skin cells by helping to improve the strength of skin cell membranes. Cucumbers also contain silica, a nutrient that contributes to the formation of healthy tissue. In Ayurvedic medicine, it is also believed that eating cooling foods like cucumber can help to combat inflammation.
FIND IT: In the produce aisle.
THE SUPERFOOD: CHIA
The tiny chia seed is a nutritional powerhouse, packed with fiber, calcium, antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids that work to reinforce skin cell membranes, promoting supple, more elastic skin. Omega-3 fatty acids help to fight the inflammation that leads to skin aging; furthermore, recent studies show that omega-3 supplements may boost the skin’s protection against sun damage.
FIND IT: In grocery and health food stores. Because they are virtually tasteless (and unlike flax seeds, need not be ground to reap the full nutritional benefits), chia seeds can be slipped in smoothies, sprinkled on cereal, or even made into a pudding with milk or fruit juice.