The New Year is always a chance to review your diet and see where you can make a change for the better. Usually, it’s in an effort to shed the rubber tire or build buffer biceps. But what you eat can also have a very real impact on other vanity issues, like the quality of your skin and hair. “Your skin is your biggest organ,” says Julia T. Hunter, M.D., founder of Wholistic Dermatology in Los Angeles. “It requires both internal and external support for good health and to prevent aging.” That means in addition to using the many grooming products that contain vitamins and minerals shown to improve skin tone and hair health, you need to consume foods filled with those nutrients as well.
What to avoid? “Toxins, fillers, and synthetic chemicals used in skin products and foods are a major factor contributing to internal inflammation and aging,” says Dr. Hunter. “You want to go for green, green, and more green! Eat foods as close to nature as possible. The foods that keep you looking young are the same as those that keep you healthy: whole foods, with minimal processing.” Here’s where to find the best look-enhancing eats right now.