Believe it or not, your diet greatly contributes to the condition of your skin. 

Whether you have acne prone skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, or an occasional breakout, what you eat can ensure your skin looks and feels its best. In this article we’re going to have a look at some of the best ingredients, vitamins and minerals that will promote healthy and youthful skin. 

You Are What You Eat

The foods we eat can either help repair damaged skin cells, or clog our pores and create breakouts. Allergies to certain ingredients like gluten or dairy will also contribute to breakouts and oily skin. 

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What You Need to Add to Your Diet for Healthy Skin:

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E
  • Collagen
  • Omega-3 fatty acids

Let’s have a look at some ingredients that you can add to your daily diet for skin that glows. 

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Good Fats

Yes, there’s such a thing as good fats. 

Ingredients that are great for your skin that contain good fats include:

  • Avocado - avocado and avocado oil contain high concentrations of vitamin E. This ingredient has the power to reduce the appearance of fine lines and prevent premature aging. It reduces skin inflammation and protects the skin from sun damage. 
  • Walnuts- Omega 3 fatty acids relieve eczema and skin rashes. Healthy fats in walnuts will help keep the skin balanced and moisturized. 
  • Fatty fish- Tuna, salmon, mackerel and sardines are rich in fatty acids that can reduce skin inflammation, and promote healthy glowing skin. It adds suppleness to the skin and prevents the skin from premature aging. 
  • Chia and FlaxSeed- the omegas, vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, and potassium found in chia seed boosts skin elasticity. Flax seed can help remove dark spots and hyperpigmentation. It also has the power to improve skin’s hydration. Just add the seeds to your breakfast, it’ll make all the difference. 

Antioxidant Rich Foods

Antioxidant rich foods like berries and pomegranate seeds help fight off free radicals that can damage skin cells. They also contain phytoestrogens, which will help maintain hormone levels. The anthocyanin antioxidants present in pomegranate seeds boost collagen in skin, for more youthful skin. 

Fruits and Vegetables

Overall we should be eating all the colors of the rainbow. Or, at least we should aim for that. The more diverse the intake of fruits and vegetables are, daily, the more variety of vitamins and minerals you’re consuming for healthier skin and a healthier you. We strongly encourage you to steer away from trans fats, processed foods and sugars and to try and eat a healthier more balanced diet. Not only will your skin benefit from the upgrade, but so will your mood and your entire well-being. Sounds worth it, doesn’t it? 

Oh! And one more thing, please drink more water. Just straight water. It will do your skin and body a world of good.