Written by Melanie Rud Chadwick for Better Homes & Gardens
There's a reason for the saying "You are what you eat." Add these 10 foods to your daily diet to improve both your health and the look and feel of your skin. We're talking a smoother, fresher, more radiant complexion. Who doesn't want that?
Kale, spinach, chard ... you name it, eat it! "Extremely nutrient-dense, they're loaded with beta-carotene, which converts into vitamin A, essential for smoothing the skin and balancing sebum production," says Jolene Hart health coach and author of the Eat Pretty series. They're also rich in minerals and loaded with essential amino acids your body needs to repair and regenerate skin cells, adds Jessica Rosen, certified holistic health coach and president of Raw Generation. While they're all great, Hart advises switching up the ones you eat because all of them have slightly different and unique benefits.
Long-live avocado toast. "Avocados are one of the most healthy-fat packed foods in existence, the majority of which is oleic acid," Rosen says. This reduces inflammation associated with a whole slew of skin conditions, including eczema and acne. Plus, they're also full of antioxidants to combat skin-aging free radical damage.
Packed with vitamin A, which promotes skin cell turnover so that pores don't get clogged, carrots have lots of beauty benefits. Vitamin A also helps combat wrinkles and balance oil production, basically making it a one-stop shop for better, healthier-looking skin. Naturally sweet, carrots are ideal for blending into a veggie juice for sweetness without lots of fruit