Yes, it’s true! What you put in your body shows up on your face, and for that reason we should all be aware of foods that we can eat or eat MORE of to give our skin an extra boost from the inside out. Discover these 7 foods that boost great skin care. It won’t be hard to work these delicious yet skin healthy foods into your diet. Discover some tips and tricks on how to incorporate these skin-healthy foods both into your diet and skin care (because playing with food is fun too)!
#1 - Strawberries, Blueberries, and Kiwi
These fruits and berries make the list because not only are they oh so yummy, they also have a lot of vitamin C and antioxidants which are key in keeping your skin looking its best. Vitamin C stimulates the production of collagen which keeps the skin looking young by plumping it up and eliminating fine lines and wrinkles. Not only does it boost collagen, the vitamins and antioxidants in these fruits combat free radicals which are not only unhealthy in general, but make your skin look older by causing skin damage.
For a quick boost, throw some of these bad boys into a salad or a smoothie. Better yet, enjoy them by the handful as a healthy snack.
#2 - Pumpkin
Consuming pumpkin regularly means you are consuming beta-carotene or as your body likes to call it, vitamin A. Vitamin A is important to the skin because it helps the body produce new skin cells. When your skin cell turnover is good, you end up with softer, brighter, less wrinkled skin! This is the perfect excuse to eat more of those pumpkin treats we all love in the fall. Just make sure it has REAL pumpkin in it and isn’t just “pumpkin flavored.”
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#3 - Green Tea
Putting green tea on here might seem like old news, but it is such good news so I had to! I would literally try green tea anything, so good news for me and for rest of the green tea lovers; it's good for your skin! Green tea, like our first foods on the list, fights free radicals that can cause premature aging and skin cancer. Additionally, it is an anti-inflammatory, so say goodbye to redness and inflamed acne. Green tea is also my favorite substitute for coffee, so whether you are trying to cut back on the coffee intake or you just prefer tea, opt for green tea next time and watch those little leaves go to work!
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#4 - Olive Oil
…And all the pasta lovers rejoiced! Now, olive oil is one I prefer to use topically just because it has so many applications that way and the variety of masks and scrubs seems almost endless. However, putting it on pasta or in salads is also very beneficial. Olive oil has tons of anti-aging antioxidants and is, of course, super hydrating. So next time you think about cooking in butter, grab the olive oil instead (cold pressed olive oil, actually) and splash it on salads and pasta instead of using dressings and sauces high in sugars and fats.
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#5 -Chia Seeds
These little seeds have been taking the health food world by storm. For a while, I swear, I heard a new thing that chia seeds could do for you, every day for two weeks straight! But hey, I jumped on the chia seed bandwagon, and I think everyone should. Look out beauty world, chia seeds are moving in! Why? Because these little guys have tons of antioxidants, omega 3 fatty acids, potassium, phosphorus, and chia oil is great if your skin needs a moisture boost (and is good for sensitive skin also). All these good things and so much more is what makes the chia seed great for combating acne, redness, wrinkles, it helps balance skin and helps keep it looking soft and smooth. You can put these seeds in smoothies, make a chia seed pudding (Google it and thank me later), put them in salads and even in drinks that you don’t mind a little bit of texture in.
Lastly, as a little bonus and word to the wise, try to make sure to avoid consuming too many dairy products; the hormones in dairy can cause acne and inflammation (I'm talking about you, ice cream).
Also, aim for foods low on the glycemic index, which measures how quickly carbs are turned into glucose in the body. Foods high on the glycemic index are bad because they cause your blood sugar to spike and can cause inflammation and breakouts along with other problems… it’s just not good!
Mostly remember this, as I said before, what you put in your body shows up on your face. So just make sure to eat a well-rounded and healthy diet, stock up on ingredients that are skin loving and enjoy beautiful, healthy skin all year long!
Sydney Nichole is a self-proclaimed beauty nerd. She stays on top of the latest makeup, hair, and beauty trends. She is an active contributor to our youtube channel with how-to-videos and talking about beauty products.