Eat Your Way to Blemish-Free Skin

Forego loading up your face with makeup or airbrushing your blemishes away; you can eat and drink your way to clear skin.

 
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Toxins, illness, malnutrition – it all shows up on your face. You don’t want your face to represent you in a bad light. For great skin and radiance that reflects you at your best, try adding these foods to your diet.

Specific Foods That Promote Healthy Skin

Green Tea – Green tea has an incredible amount of health benefits, but it also has lots of antioxidants which can regenerate cells and prolong cell life, giving your skin a youthful and new appearance. Antioxidants fight free radicals as well, so that aging is slowed down and your skin is protected from ultraviolet rays.

Carrots – Carrots, too, slow down the process of aging, stops cell damage in its tracks, so your skin looks fresher.

Low-fat Yogurt – Yogurt contains good bacteria that aid in proper digestion and fights off intestinal toxins. When your digestive tract is healthy and running properly, it shows on the skin.

Pomegranate – Pomegranate is one of the number one foods to eat for radiant skin. It is full of vitamins, minerals and nutrients like vitamins B and C and calcium. Vitamin C is chock full of antioxidants that refresh and renew cells and prevent diseases, so your skin will be healed and rejuvenated.

Pomegranates even works on the inside protecting the skin from sun damage and ultraviolet rays, as well as the outside acting as a barrier against the sun. Pomegranates also contain ellagic acid, a chemical that quickly renews and heals the skin.

Strawberries – High in alpha-hydroxyl acid, strawberries help to get rid of dead skin and produce stronger collagen so the skin stays smooth, young and elastic. The high fiber content also gets rid of toxins that can cause skin blemishes.

Grapes/Raisins – This fruit/snack is an antioxidant powerhouse that revitalizes the skin, including Resveratrol which slows aging. They are also full of phytonutrients and olenolic acid, which together cleanse the blood of toxins that could show up on your face and skin in general.

Olives – Full of omega-3 fatty acids, this ancient fruit has long been used to beautify the skin, by firming and toning the skin and reducing wrinkles. The antioxidants in olives also protect against free radicals that could damage the skin, while vitamin E and monounsaturated fat content reduces inflammation and further skin damage.

Massaging olive oil into the skin gives it a beautiful, illustrious glow, and a soft yet firm texture. Eating olives and using the oil in cooking provides the same benefits as applying it topically to the skin.

Eggs – Eggs provide your skin with coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), which hydrates and softens the skin; while the lecithin in eggs keeps skin firm and free of wrinkles.

 

Classes of Foods That Heal From the Inside Out 

Antioxidant-Rich Foods – Antioxidants, as mentioned above, renew the skin and wipe out contaminants.

Protein-Rich Foods – Since your skin itself is comprised of protein, it would make sense that protein is good for the skin.

Fiber-Rich Foods – Fiber is a detoxifier that purifies the body from the inside out, giving you healthier skin in the process.

Water and “Water-Full” Foods – Drinking at least 8 glasses of water daily clears, hydrates, and renews the skin. Foods that contain lots of water are also a great choice and provide the same benefit. Also, since the body is made up of mostly water, you help the body function well by drinking more of it.

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