Vitamin E packs a ton of antioxidant properties that are crucial for skin health, but it's often found in foods with a lot of calories, says Ward. Instead of boosting your diet with supplements, Ward suggests vitamin-E enriched eggs like Eggland's Best, which contain half of your daily requirement in two eggs. "You can get the other half with a handful of almonds," says Ward. This extra vitamin E helps protect against free radicals, which means less skin irritation and a healthier complexion.
They may not be in season right now, but frozen berries are just as good for increasing your water intake in the winter months, says Ward. "When you're dehydrated, you're not getting enough nutrients to the skin cells," she says. So in addition to drinking tons of water, add more water-rich foods to your diet.
Leafy greens like spinach and kale contain lutein, a plant compound that helps shield against UV rays, says Ward. And while you may not hit the beach this winter, your skin still needs protection year-round. Even a slight sunburn can make you drier and more irritated than normal. Because lutein is better absorbed when eaten with a source of fat, Ward suggests adding a little olive oil to your salad or cooking your spinach in oil to reap the most benefits.