The best way to achieve glowing skin is from the inside out. You’ve always heard beauty is on the inside, right? It is the truth. Learn what foods you should eat on a regular basis to achieve healthier skin.
- Almond Milk – Rich in vitamins and minerals, especially Vitamin E. Vitamin E is an antioxidant and helps in the formation of blood vessels, all important in healthy skin.
- Avocados – The tasty avocado is a nutrient powerhouse, packed with Vitamins B, K, C, and E. Plus the fats can be turned into an oil that is often used in cosmetics and skin care items.
- Bell Peppers – High in antioxidants (especially in the yellow varieties), sweet bell peppers may help fight wrinkles naturally through consumption. Plus they are rich in Vitamin C.
- Broccoli – This is a veggie powerhouse! Broccoli contains high amounts of Vitamin C, copper, and zinc. It also helps protect the skin from infection and keeps it clear.
- Carrots – With a high level of carotenoids, carrots naturally give your skin a natural glow and a healthier-looking complexing.
- Chickpeas – To help reduce inflammation and red spots on the skin, stick to foods with a lower glycemic index. (Hint…chickpeas.)
- Dark Chocolate – Cocoa contains skin-hydrating flavanols that also improve circulation to the skin. Like we needed another reason to enjoy a daily dose of dark chocolate.
- Eggs – Consuming eggs is a great way to get protein in your diet without a lot of excess fat. Protein is important in the regeneration of healthy skin cells.
- Fatty Fish – Once or twice a week, enjoy fatty fish like salmon, tuna, mackerel …even sardines. Fatty varieties of fish are full of Omega 3. What’s the big deal about that? Omega 3 (also known as DHA) fights inflammation.
- Grass-fed Beef – Beef is an excellent source of protein, which is the primary building block of elastin and collagen. Elastin and collagen are what makes your skin “tight” and smooth.
- Green Tea – The health benefits of green tea are well known. Bonus: drinking green tea is also a boost to glowing skin. Polyphenols in the tea aid in skin smoothness.
- Kale – Similar to spinach, kale contains significant levels of lutein, which naturally absorbs UV light. Some research shows that the ingestion of lutein may reduce sun damage.
- Kiwi – Rich in Vitamin C, kiwi fruit is a yummy fruit that promotes the formation of connective tissue and collagen.
- Oatmeal – Naturally sweetened oatmeal is a low-glycemic food that, like chickpeas, helps reduce blood cholesterol and reduce inflammation in the skin.
- Olive Oil – Dress your salads with olive oil for a boost in skin-loving fatty acids. Also, did you know that the EVOO contains antioxidants, too?
- Oysters – You may have heard that oysters are a natural aphrodisiac. They are also an excellent food to eat for glowing skin. Why? Oysters are one of the best natural sources of zinc, which keeps acne in check.
- Orange Peel – A University of Arizona study reports that the limonene found in orange peels could possibly offer UV protection. Who knew?
- Pumpkin – Hello, Vitamin A. The familiar pumpkin contains this skin-friendly vitamin that is vital in the production of skin.
- Red Wine – I promise, we didn’t make this up. If you need another reason to enjoy a glass of red wine a day, it contains resveratrol. What’s that? It is a naturally occuring compound that is currently being studied for possible benefits to the skin.
- Rosemary – The restorative properties of herbs are known far and wide, and rosemary is a great example. Packed with antioxidants, consuming rosemary may help minimize sun damage.
- Soy – Reguarly eating soy may prevent collagen from breaking down so quickly, resulting in fewer lines and wrinkles.
- Sunflower Seeds – Key vitamin in these tasty little snacks? Vitamin E, which is known to help reduce skin inflammation through the improvement of the immune system.
- Sweet Potatoes – Looking for a brighter complexion? Eat a serving or two of sweet potatoes on a regular basis. The carotenoid level is high, and like carrots, can give you a rosier glow.
- Tomatoes – Lycopene (the tomato’s antioxidant), improves your skin’s natural sun protection.
- Walnuts – Did you know that walnuts have a lot of Omega-3 acids? Yep. This makes them great for smooth skin.
- Water – You know we couldn’t leave water off of this list. Water is probably the single most important gift you can give your skin. Drink at least 64 ounces a day to flush out toxins, hydrate your skin, and maintain a healthy glow.
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To me, beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin. It’s about knowing and accepting who you are.–Ellen Degeneres
Read More about Vitamins + Minerals in Food
If you want to learn more about the function of vitamins and minerals, click here to download the FDA Vitamins + Minerals Chart. This fact sheet is a great reference.
We are not medical professionals. Please consult your dermatologist for specific questions related to any skin conditions you may have.