Fish that are fatty, like salmon, herring and mackerel, are important for healthy skin. They are all abundant in omega-3 fatty acids, which are vital for supporting optimal skin and hair. These important fatty acids may protect against the harmful rays of the sun, increasing the skin’s resistance to sunburns and decreasing redness after UV exposure.

Fatty fish oils have been touted to help prevent acne or reduce its severity and may hydrate skin, preventing it from dryness and irritation. Additional studies have shown that fish oil may help inflammatory and autoimmune disorders that affect your skin, including atopic dermatitis, psoriasis and lupus.

Coenzyme Q10, or CoQ10, is a nutrient found naturally in your body that acts as an antioxidant, helping cell growth and fighting against free radical damage. This supplement is plentiful in fatty fish. Coenzyme Q10 may help decrease fine lines and wrinkles, as well as soften overall skin texture.

Fatty fish are a source of vitamin E, protein and zinc. Vitamin E is one of the critical antioxidants for your skin and is necessary for defending your skin against free radical damage and inflammation. Seafood is an excellent source of protein, which is required for supporting and maintaining the strength and structural integrity of your skin. Last, zinc is a mineral essential for helping calm inflammation, producing skin cells and is crucial for overall skin health.

If you don’t like fish at all, supplements are available and can be equally as beneficial. Be sure to add fish oil to your diet…either by eating some fatty fish or taking a supplement. Here’s to beautiful skin!