Vitamin A: This antioxidant “is essential in promoting skin cell growth” and can help protect the skin from ultraviolet (UV) damage, especially during spring and summer when the sun’s UV rays are most intense.
You’ll find good amounts of vitamin A in green, leafy vegetables (including broccoli), carrots, sweet potatoes and squash.
Vitamin E: This vitamin also acts as an antioxidant and can protect against UV damage. Vitamin E deficiency has also been linked with dry skin.
Foods rich in vitamin E include almonds, hazelnuts and peanut butter. Vegetable oils, including safflower, sunflower and wheat germ oils, are other good sources.
Zinc: This mineral “is an essential nutrient for wound healing” and keeping the skin healthy, according to Ifarraguerri.
Baked beans, pork and beef are among good food sources of zinc, and oysters have more zinc per serving than any other food.
Most of your nutrients should come from food and beverages, nutrition experts say. Ask your doctor and dietitian about your specific nutritional needs and how best to address them, Ifarraguerri advised.
The American Academy of Dermatology has more on skin care.
SOURCE: Lifebridge Health, news release, Aug. 12, 2021