Most dermatologists and other skin-care experts agree that the foods we eat have an impact on the health of our skin. Some foods, like those high in sugar, can make achieving clear, acne-free skin an impossibility. And, there are some foods that make it easier to get healthy, glowing skin.
With that in mind, here are six complexion-approved foods you should add to your diet.
Celebrity esthetician Joanna Vargas raves about avocados, explaining, “One of my best tips is to start by eating a bit of avocado everyday as part of your salad, or even throwing a half of an avocado into your morning smoothie. It supplies the skin with healthy fats and phytonutrients.”
Tomatoes help reduce sun damage due to their high lycopene content (an antioxidant.) Generally, the redder the tomato the higher the amount of lycopene. Cooking also helps with absorption.
Eating more chia seeds is a snap since you can add them to smoothies, sprinkle them over yogurt or oatmeal, or add them to fruit juices and other beverages.
Chia seeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids. According to Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, "Omega-3 fatty acids help provide building blocks for healthy skin cell function and new collagen production to keep the skin foundation strong and wrinkle free.”
Green veggies aren’t just good for your insides. Greens like spinach, kale, collard greens, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts are all loaded with vitamin K. This vitamin improves blood circulation, which is great news for your skin.
Spinach is also full of zinc, which has been proven to help reduce inflammation and reduce breakouts.
Spices also play a vital role in eating your way to healthier skin, and turmeric is one of the most powerful. The active antioxidant in the spice is called curcumin, and studies have found that it’s incredibly effective at reducing inflammation and fighting free radicals.
There’s also research suggesting topical turmeric lightens dark pigmentation and scars caused by aging, hormone imbalance, and sun exposure. You can combine turmeric and honey for a simple facial mask.
The most important way to improve your skin’s health through diet is to drink more water. Many skin problems like dark under eye circles and a dull complexion are due to dehydration. Drinking plain, filtered water is the easiest way to stay hydrated, but drinking enough water can be a tasteless task.
If you struggle to drink enough water, try making fruit infused water. It’s a simple and taste-bud approved way to drink your way to healthier, glowing skin.