Sunflower Seeds

In general, nuts and seeds are good sources of nutrients that are important for healthy skin.

Sunflower seeds are an excellent example.

One ounce (28 grams) of sunflower seeds contains 32% of the RDI for the antioxidant selenium, 10% of the RDI for zinc and 5.4 grams of protein (16).

This amount also contains 37% of the RDI for vitamin E, which is a great way to make sure you’re getting enough of this important vitamin and antioxidant (16).

Additionally, sunflower seeds are an excellent source of linoleic acid, an essential omega-6 fat that helps your skin stay thick, flexible and moisturized (16).

In a large observational study of more than 4,000 women, a high intake of linoleic acid was associated with a lower risk of dry and thin skin as a result of aging (17).

BOTTOM LINE:Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of nutrients, including vitamin E, which is an important antioxidant for the skin. They also contain linoleic acid, a type of fat that may prevent dry and thin skin.