Do You Crave Clear Skin? Here are the Foods You Should be Eating

We’ve all heard the saying “you are what you eat,” and this couldn’t ring more true when it comes to skin care. Although everyone loves a piece of candy here or a helping of french fries there, we need to understand that every food we eat will have an effect on our bodies, skin, and overall health. Once food is ingested, our bodies break it down into its essential nutrients, vitamins and amino acids— the majority of which are then used as the building blocks for our bodily organs and… you guessed it, skin.

So, if you aren’t providing your body with the best ingredients for clear skin, you probably won’t have the skin tone you could. For example, grease and processed sugars aren’t just undesirable for their fat-producing properties, but they can cause oily skin, uneven complexions, and acne breakouts as well. But fear not, it isn’t all doom and gloom. There are plenty of healthy foods to eat that while beneficial for clear skin, taste great as well.

Avocados

Not only are avocados known for being a great source of healthy fats and nutrients, they also contain Vitamin E— a substance known for boosting the luminosity of one’s complexion. Other research has been conducted to prove avocado oil’s ability to increase collagen production as well as citing vitamin C’s anti-inflammatory effects. So whether your next serving of avocado is in a side of guacamole or on your turkey sandwich, rest assured it will be doing great things for your skin.

Berries

More specifically, dark berries that contain more antioxidants. While all fruit is no doubt great for your health, it is the darker colors, like blueberries or blackberries, that contain the most skin-clearing properties. Besides just eating them plain though, try incorporating them into a green smoothie to start off your morning with a healthy energy boost.

Mint

Perfect for flavoring smoothies, teas, and other drinks, mint leaves are also a great product to add to your daily diet. We highly recommend peppermint tea as its calming and healing properties are going to leave you with more than just clear skin! Especially as we approach the dead of winter, you will appreciate the steaming cup of tea when temperatures are frigid outside.

Nuts

There are so many health benefits from eating nuts that it is hard to focus on just one, but the high mineral content (especially in zinc and selenium) are believed to be linked to acne. Selenium will also increase your white blood cell count and as a result, enhance your ability to fight infections and strengthen your immune system.

Water

Yes, we know it’s simple, but water is honestly one of the best (and cheapest) ways to get clear skin. Not only will it help rid your body of unwanted toxins, but high water intake has been linked to clearer, more hydrated skin and a better functioning brain. While there is no required amount of water to drink per day, studies show that your body will let you know when it is dehydrated, and as a result, you should always keep a glass of water nearby— either on a desk at work or in a bottle in your purse.

As an added benefit, replacing the soda products or sugary drinks from your daily routine with a simple glass of water will significantly improve your health by eliminating the unnatural sugars and chemicals present in most processed drinks.

Tofu

While vegetarians and vegans are extremely familiar with this soybean-based product, the carnivorous portion of the population is probably less keen on trying a meat replacement product. But in all seriousness, there is no better way to increase your daily serving of protein in a healthy way and tofu absorbs the flavor of anything it’s cooked with— making it perfect for salads, a filling for lasagna or casseroles, and even tacos. In addition to a high protein content, tofu is also packed with calcium and healthy unsaturated fats; the perfect building blocks for clear skin.

We also recommend brown rice, any sort of green vegetable, garlic, eggs, and acai, but the list could go on for days. Because we have only listed a few of the numerous foods you can eat to improve your skin tone, conduct a bit of research to further your knowledge on the subject if you are interested in pursuing a healthy, skincare focused diet.