If you struggle with pimples, breakouts, or adult acne, chances are you’ve worked up an appetite for flawless, radiant skin. Of course, our favorite topical crèmes and serums can be entrusted to do your complexion-perfecting heavy lifting. But for truly awe-inspring skin, why not look to nutrition to give your skin a boost from within?
“Food is what actually feeds, repairs, and rejuvenates your skin cells,” say Whitney and Danielle, the nutritionists behind the Sakara Life lifestyle approach to weight loss. “Just like your eyes are a window into your soul, your skin is a window into your digestive system and when you aren’t eating the right nutrients for your body, your skin is going to tell you—and the rest of the world.”
Get your forks ready: it’s time to diversify that palate.
Green means go-rgeous. Dark leafy greens are medicine for the skin: vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They also detox toxins and impurities.
Avocados, nuts, beans, eggs, flax seeds—essential fats are the delicious building blocks of your cells, helping maintain a youthful, plumpness in all the right places.
Cheers with water? OK, no one is suggesting you nix the cocktails completely but drink a glass of water between each boozy beverage. Clear liquors contain less dehydrating congeners but that doesn’t mean you won’t be hungover.
Nibble on herbaceous healers for their anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. Add basil, fennel, and rose hips to salads, teas, and smoothies.
Eat your water? Beets, cucumbers, and celery are a great way to add hydration, nourish your cellular walls, and prevent wrinkles.
Take a daily probiotic to clean that gut. Healthy digestion translates to healthy skin. Keep things movin’ and groovin’ so your skin gets regular deliveries of vitamins and minerals.