Slideshow Pictures: Skin and Beauty -- Best Foods for Healthy Skin

Reviewed by Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, Chief Medical Editor on Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Eating healthy foods provides for glowing, vibrant, and younger-looking skin.

The less attention we pay to eating a healthy skin diet, the more problems we may see cropping up with our skin.

Most experts say eating a balanced diet is the best way to get your share of good food for healthy skin.

One the most important components of skin health is vitamin A from low-fat dairy products.

Blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, and plums weighed in with the highest 'total antioxidant capacity' of any food for healthy skin..

Salmon, walnuts, canola oil, and flaxseed all deliver essential fatty acids such as omega-3s and omega-6s, which are responsible for healthy cell membranes.

In addition to essential fatty acids, eating good-quality oils helps keep skin lubricated and keeps it looking and feeling healthier overall.

The mineral selenium, found in whole-wheat breads, turkey, tuna, and Brazil nuts, plays a key role in the health of skin cells.

Green tea has anti-inflammatory properties, is protective to the cell membrane, and may even help prevent or reduce the risk of skin cancer.

In addition to keeping cells hydrated, water helps cells move nutrients in and toxins out, which leaves skin looking better.

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