Healthy Skin Diet: Eat Dark Chocolate or an Acai Bowl Instead
These are two healthier treats recommended by Engelman.
Not only do acai bowls taste almost as good as ice cream (because, let's be honest, there are few things more delicious than a bowl of Ben and Jerry's), they're chock-full of antioxidants. Foods rich in antioxidant properties will have a significant impact on your skin, says Sinead Norenius, skin care esthetician and founder of the skin care line Beautisol. "Free radicals caused by pollution and UV radiation attack skin cells and cause DNA damage," she says, and these tasty little treats are powerful ammo in the fight against the premature aging process.
"Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, protecting your skin from environmental stressors like UV light, cigarette smoke and pollution," adds NYC-based dermatologist Whitney Bowe.
Better yet, top your bowl with almonds. They're packed full of vitamin E and are rich in monounsaturated fat, which is a good fat known for lowering cholesterol and keeping cell membranes strong and intact, which Norenius says is crucial for keeping skin youthful.