Now that I’ve experienced the power of food as medicine and its transformative effect on my skin, I’m humored by all the skincare products and their big promises that I see on the market. The old me bought every new cream and serum in hopes that one would be the solution to my acne and hopefully give me that porcelain complexion that I’ve always craved. But I never saw such results from any skincare product. The only way I was truly able to change my skin for the better was through diet and the right supplements.
In past posts, I’ve talked about the foods that feed acne and the ones that kill it. Here, I’d like to talk specifically about some of the many powerful fruits and vegetables that improve the skin in different ways. Each food includes an important compound that’s critical for the skin: beta carotene. This is the fuel your liver needs to send nourishment to the derma. Here are the top seven foods for beautiful skin.
Papaya – This is an amazing fruit for your skin if you’re looking for that beautiful glow. Papaya has the ability to prevent and lessen wrinkles, creating a more youthful look. It’s also effective at clearing up acne, eczema and psoriasis. Look for the Maradol type of papaya at your local health store.
Mango – This miracle fruit helps build and maintain elasticity and can be used internally and externally to get rid of blemishes, clear clogged pores and increase your natural glow. Eat some fresh mango before bed as part of your beauty regimen.
Sweet Potato – This vegetable is packed with the nutrients needed for healthy hair, skin and nails. It can help heal scars, sunburns and protect you from skin cancer. Adding into your daily diet will result in a beautiful, almost sun-kissed glow. If you have acne scars, try rubbing sweet potato on it topically to help heal the scar tissue. Or, if you have puffy eyes, reach for sweet potato slices instead of cucumber to revitalize the under-eye skin.
Leafy Greens – All greens are especially good at rejuvenating the skin and healing skin conditions, like eczema, acne and psoriasis, because of their ability to detox the liver. Spinach, in particular, is very helpful in clearing up breakouts because it kills the strep bacteria that causes acne.
Apples – The red-skinned apples contain powerful phytochemicals to cleanse and purify the organs. This improve circulation in your lymphatic system, where the acne-causing bacteria strep proliferates, and repairs damaged skin. Try eating three of these a day to see the best results.
Berries – All berries, particularly cherries, strawberries and wild blueberries, contain antibacterial properties that are effective against the strep bacteria that causes acne. They also great for the liver and support healthy hair, skin and nails.
Melon – This fruit is deeply hydrating on a cellular level, which is wonderful for the skin and detoxification. Melons boost the immune system, which is highly beneficial for those fighting acne, which is a bacterial infection in the lymphatic system. Eat melon in the morning on an empty stomach for the best results.
By incorporating these skin-nourishing foods into your diet on a daily basis, you’ll soon see the benefits and love your new glowing, more youthful appearance.