By Dr. Julie Chen “ASK DR JULIE”

As the seasons transition from winter to spring, there are a few things you can do to make sure your skin looks healthy and actually is healthy. The most important thing to remember about skin health is that it needs to come from within…what do I mean by that? Make sure you are drinking enough water, staying hydrated, and also eating plenty of anti-inflammatory foods. A quick way to remember which foods are anti-inflammatory is to eat mostly a plant-based diet; such that at every meal or snack, you are consuming mostly plant-based foods like nuts, vegetables, and low sugar fruits.

Inflammation ages skin and dulls the appearance of skin, so an anti-inflammatory diet will help to prevent those symptoms. Also, remember to use sunscreen. All the luxurious skin creams to reverse aging and dehydration can’t do their job if you aren’t eating well and preventing damage to begin with. So, remember to prevent dry skin and aging by eating well and using sunscreen…this way, your luxury skin creams will be icing on the cake to give you the bright brilliant skin you deserve.

Dr. Julie T. Chen, M.D. an integrative medicine physician who is board-certified in internal medicine and is also fellowship-trained and board-certified in integrative medicine and the newest member of the WE magazine editorial Team. Dr. Chen will be the editor of our new “ASK DR. JULIE Column. If you have any questions for Dr. Julie, feel free to leave a comment below. She will reply to you directly. You can find out more about Dr. Julie at