There are two key types of vitamin A–retinol and carotenoids. Yellow and orange fruit and vegetables, such as mango, papaya, and carrots contain carotenoids which are converted to retinol by the body. Eating these foods has been shown to prevent premature skin aging and cell damage.
This powerful antioxidant protects our cells, including skin cells, from oxidative damage, as well as internal elements like stress. Vitamin C is found in citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, and limes.
A fat-soluble, essential nutrient with anti-inflammatory properties, vitamin E works with vitamin C and aids with the normal formation of collagen, and protects against cell damage and UV damage. It is found in nuts, sunflower seeds, and green, leafy vegetables.
Omega-3 and Omega-6
These fatty acids help to ward off signs of aging by keeping our skin hydrated. They have been shown to help with skin conditions caused by inflammation and help create a protective barrier to the skin’s surface. Find them in chia seeds, flaxseeds, hemp seeds, walnuts, soy products, and green veggies.