Everyone’s heard it before: you are what you eat. If you’re trying to combat the signs of aging, add certain foods to your daily diet, either alone or mixed in with your favorite main dishes or snacks.

After creating the habit and changing your taste buds to embrace more healthful foods, you may find that you will actually crave these nutrient-rich fruits, veggies and snacks. Many of these foods contain vitamins C and E, which are known in dermatology circles as protecting and healing vitamins.

Fruits to promote healthy skin

  • Blueberries are rich in vitamin C, which can improve the skin’s elasticity. Vitamin C also helps your skin produce collagen, which strengthens and plumps the skin; this is important because energized skin can thwart creases and wrinkles.
  • Pomegranates are full of antioxidants, which help fight inflammation and redness. Eat a handful with green tea, for a truly antioxidant-rich combo.
  • Pumpkin takes its orange hue from carotenoids, which help protect the skin from cell damage. In addition to Vitamin C, pumpkin contains vitamin E, which blunts ultraviolet light. This explains why this dynamic duo is so often present in sunscreen lotions. Try mixing pumpkin pulp, straight out of a can, in yogurt or spreading it on celery for a tasty snack.

Vegetables to promote healthy skin

  • Avocados pack quite a punch: they’re rich in healthy fats, fiber and vitamin C an E, all of which can improve your complexion. Smash up an avocado and use it in place of a mayonnaise or make a quick guacamole with your favorite seasonings.
  • Broccoli, love it or hate it, practically oozes with vitamins C and E. The darker the florets, the better they are for your skin; be sure to preserve the stems, too.
  • Sweet potatoes are a good source of vitamin A; the compounds in this vitamin are known as Retinoids that are widely found in wrinkle and anti-aging products. Retinoids are known for their regenerating power because they kick-start the production of collagen.

Seeds and nuts to promote healthy skin

  • Walnuts contain omega-3 essential fatty acids that can improve your skin’s elasticity. Walnuts also are a great source of copper, which also improves the production of collagen.
  • Sunflower seeds can keep your skin looking supple, while protecting the top layer of skin from harmful effects of the sun. Since they are virtually loaded with vitamin E, eating only a handful of sunflower seeds a day can promote healthy skin.

Drinks to promote healthy skin

  • Green tea is fast becoming a go-to choice among people who have cut back on carbonated beverages and coffee. Green tea is a robust source of antioxidants that can slow the visible signs of aging.
  • Water does more than ease the flow of your digestive tract; it also helps to ensure that your skin stays hydrated. More than a safe choice, drinking plenty of water is a smart choice for people who want healthy skin.

While healthy foods can fortify your skin, there is no substitute for a Elite Serum Rx, a topical treatment that goes directly to the source to treat wrinkles, fine lines, dark, under eye circles and puffiness. Let healthy foods play a part in your anti-aging strategy. But when you want to defend, protect and rejuvenate your skin, turn to Elite Serum Rx.