If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times. Healthy diets help your skin in ways a good moisturizer could never do. Obviously there are hundreds of benefits to eating healthy. More energy, better moods, stronger immune system, etc. But so many people who complain about their skin forget that eating healthy truly does wonders. When we learn to love the outside of our bodies, we have to remember to love the inside too! Brighter, cleaner, and nicer skin doesn’t come overnight, as much as we wish it did. A healthier self and outlook on life takes time and commitment. Whether it’s making a drastic change like going vegan or even just drinking an extra three glasses of water a day, your skin will thank you.
A way you can start is saying goodbye to fast food. Now, I’m not saying this will be easy. There is no craving worse than one for some McDonald’s fries or a Cookout milkshake. Self control is really just…hard! The way to help you stop eating as much fast food (no need to cut it out completely!) is doing research on how the products are made, or made in. Sure, McDonald’s fries are made with real potatoes. They also have sodium acid pyrophosphate, which keeps the fries from turning gray when making their way to the outlet locations (yuck). I can’t even pronounce that, so why would I want it in my body? It’s little yet important things like this that can help you on your skincare journey.
It can definitely be argued that different foods work for everybody. For me, eating tons of fruit has helped get rid of blotchy skin and discoloration, but I’ve spoken to women that break out even more after an apple or two. And some foods do some crazy things! Studies show that people who eat more tomatoes are actually 33% more protected from dangerous sun rays. Now, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wear sunscreen or add some good ol’ SPF into your routine!
If you’re looking for hydration, cucumbers and avocados can do wonders for you. Why do you think so many face masks contain at least one of these? Clearing your skin with food is a little more difficult because just eating healthy can’t clear it entirely. Foods high in Omega-3 fatty acids will help stop those angry red bumps that appear, usually on the worst possible days. Bell peppers, strawberries, oranges, kale, and most “citrusy” foods will help clear your skin in extraordinary ways.
As it is with all skincare tips, remember that different things work for everybody. Some of these foods could drastically change your skin, but some could do absolutely nothing! Work with the foods, and have fun with it! Make cool meals with your friends while jamming to the greatest hits of the 2000’s, make days out of going to the farmer’s market and picking out fun new foods to try! Good skin won’t be the only benefit, a good diet promotes a good life.