Consuming foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids help preserve collagen in your skin. These foods may lead to smoother, firmer, younger looking skin and make a visible reduction in inflammatory skin conditions like acne and psoriasis.
Fish is the highest source of omega-3 but if you are vegetarian you have other options:
Flax seeds contain omega-3 and boost collagen levels. You can have flax seed oil, a teaspoon in the morning and one at lunchtime. However I recommend having freshly ground, raw flax seeds once a day instead. Start with 2 tablespoons and slowly increase it to 4. You can have the grinds with water or as a topping on your salad or cereal.
Chia seeds are another great source of Omega 3. You can eat them whole but they tend to stick to your teeth. Soaking them in water for 2 hours or grinding them makes it easier to eat them. 1.5 tablespoons twice a day is recommended.
Walnuts and walnut oil, soy foods and soybean oil, canola oil, spinach, mustard greens and wheatgerm all contain omega-3 fatty acids.
Fruit, vegetables and dark chocolate deposit antioxidants and vitamins that will protect your skin from sun damage and free radicals. This will make your skin look younger and more radiant.
Tomatoes contain an antioxidant called lycopene which helps keep your skin smoother.
Strawberries, citrus fruit, cantaloupe, apricots, spinach, broccoli and sweet potatoes all contain antioxidants. They also contain vitamin C and E which can fight wrinkles.
Dark chocolate contains flavonols which can improve rough texture in the skin and protect against sun damage. A few ounces a day, of chocolate containing 60-70% cocoa will do the trick.
Include all these foods in your diet and see how quickly your skin improves.