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The 5 Foods You Should Be Eating for Brighter Skin

It’s no secret that what we put in our bodies directly affects how our skin looks and behaves. If you’re constantly eating processed foods or downing dairy then you’ve probably noticed (unless you’re just really blessed) that your complexion has suffered as a result. But just like waking up to lackluster skin after a night of junk food indulgence, snacking on these superfoods can deliver nutrients straight to your skin for a brighter, glowing complexion. 


Here are some of our favorite foods that go the extra mile in bringing you vibrant, balanced skin. 


Blueberries

One word: Antioxidants. Antioxidants are the key to fighting off free radicals in the body. If too many free radicals build up in your body, skin cells and collagen get damaged which can lead to premature wrinkles and dry, dull skin. Blueberries are packed with antioxidants as well as vitamins A, C, and E, all of which work together to brighten up tired, aging skin. The biggest bonus is they’re easy to bring along for snacking throughout the day. 


Tomatoes

Tomatoes tend to have a forgotten reputation. They’re just kind of there doing a little for your salads or side dishes but not necessarily changing the game. BUT, tomatoes are actually an incredible source of lycopene, an antioxidant that fights against premature aging and can actually protect against certain types of cancer. Research has shown that the body can absorb all of Lycopene’s benefits more easily when tomatoes are cooked, so try tossing them in a pan before enjoying. 


Turmeric 

We. love. Turmeric. Aside from its great taste and how versatile it is for recipes and drinks, Turmeric also has tons of anti-inflammatory properties which help heal the body from the inside out. Inflammation on the surface can look like acne, rosacea, eczema, or even just a classic case of puffy or irritated skin. Turmeric is also a great source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin B6, and vitamin C. Eating or drinking Turmeric is a great way to keep inflammation issues at bay, and can also help prevent future breakouts thanks to its antiseptic qualities. 


Salmon, Sardines, Anchovies 

Technically this is three foods, but they’re all in the fish family and we’re trying to help you eat your way to better skin so, fair game. All three of these superfoods are a gateway to glowing skin for their Omega-3 Fatty Acids, which help promote collagen production and keep skin firm and wrinkle-free. All three of these oily fish keep cell membranes hydrated and provide the body with B12, a vitamin known to aid in skin cell reproduction and for strengthening your skin’s barrier. 


Avocados 

Avocados have certainly had their moment, but for pretty good reason. Similar to the fish described above, avocados are full of fatty acids like Omega 9. This particular type of fatty acid is great for keeping skin firm and hydrated. Avocados are also packed with healthy oils and vitamin E, which aid in brighter, dewy looking complexions. Finally, avocados contain carotenoids, which are antioxidants that fight against free radicals and help to maintain moisture under the skin for a hydrated and well-balanced complexion. Basically, if you thought you were over avocado toast, don’t be.

 

 

Photo: Wolfgang Tillmans, Still Life Pomodoro 1993