Eat Your Way to Soft and Smooth Skin

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It’s natural for skin to be less capable of retaining moisture as it ages. But there’s something to be said about well-moisturized skin: it looks dewy, soft and fine lines and wrinkles seem less obvious.

“Dry skin is irritated skin and irritation leads to inflammation, which contributes to aging and disease. Plus, when the skin is dry it appears more aged and lines and pigmentation are accentuated,” says Manhattan Beach, CA, dermatologist Ashley Magovern, MD. The right products can make a world of difference in how your skin looks and feels and while hydrating from the outside in can’t be undervalued, hydrating from the inside out is key too.

Try incorporating more of these foods in your diet to boost your skin’s moisture from the inside out: Raw or steamed vegetables and fresh fruits retain their water content and can help stave off the effects of aging by lending a hydrating effect to the skin. Water-rich fruits—think berries and watermelon—contain a good percentage of water that the body holds on to. Also, Fatty acids, like salmon, olive oil and avocado, are beneficial to the skin’s moisture content because they minimize what’s “leaked out.” Since water can be easily flushed out, celebrity aesthetician Nerida Joy says to add lemon or cranberry to it, which helps the hydrating factor or water to “stick” better.

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