What you put in your body will affect how your skin looks and feels. So for the clear skin you covet, cleaning up your diet and eating more of the right foods will help. As you might’ve guessed, nothing on this list comes from a package.
Skin keep breaking out? Ridding your grocery cart of packaged, processed foods is a great start to getting your skin back on track. Stick to the outer aisles of the grocery store, where the fresh produce is, and you’ll be less tempted by the shiny packages of cookies and crackers. But if you’re looking for a more precise shopping list, here are a few foods you should pick up to give your skin a boost.
Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries — you name it, all berries are a must when you’re on a clear-skin diet. Berries are rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants help to neutralize free radicals (which can cause fine lines and wrinkles). So throw some into a smoothie, or top your yogurt or cereal with some berries. They can also be a fantastic fresh addition to a salad, such as in this Elegant Spinach and Strawberry Salad.
Besides fibre, folate, calcium and vitamin C, this green veggie is loaded with vitamin A, which helps improve the skin’s cell turnover. Greater cell turnover means more newer, fresher young skin. Spinach, too, is high in vitamin A. These Main Course Broccoli Recipes may tempt your tastebuds.
In season right now, along with grapefruit, this citrus fruit is ideal for those seeking good skin. Oranges are high in vitamin C, which has been shown to delay and reduce wrinkles. Make these Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta and Orange as a side dish tonight!
This fruit is not only high in antioxidants, which will help your skin fight free radicals, it also contains a flavoid called anthocyanin. Anthocynanin helps promote cell turnover, and more cell turnover means more new, young skin cells. Try pomegranate sprinkled over your salads or even some meat dishes, or drink the juice (look for pure pomegranate juices with no sugar added). Or make this Kumquat, Cranberry and Pomegranate relish to dress up a cheese platter.
Salmon and other oily fish contain omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to reduce inflammation and cut down on blemishes and acne flare-ups. Other foods with these essential fatty acids? Flax seed and oil, and walnuts. This Walnut-crusted Salmon is elegant enough to serve to guests.
Besides the foods above, be sure to drink plenty of water. Water will help keep your skin well hydrated and it’ll help flush your body and keep it running efficiently.