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5 Foods That Will Help you Maintain a Healthy Skin 

Grace Michaeli

Your skin is probably the best indicator you have to whether or not you’re leading a healthy lifestyle, or at least one that is good for your skin. We all know the general guidelines, such as drinking at least 8 cups of water a day, avoiding fast foods as well as incorporating as much vegetables in our diet as possible. But did you know that specific foods have a varying effect on your skin? Also, did you know that according to your skin type (which you can determine here), certain foods are more suitable for your skin? 


Since we all know that looking and feeling good starts from the inside and out – we put together a short list with some of the foods that you simply must include in your diet (and yes, you can keep this list for your next trip to the grocery store). 


Eat the Right Kind of Fat 

Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man of the importance of fish – and he’ll have a healthy complexion. Fish, especially ones that are rich in fat, like salmon and herring, are wonderful sources for omega-3 fatty acids. The benefits of omega-3 to the skin, are numerous; it manages skin hydration, reduces premature skin aging, reduces chances for acne, and so much more. 


A wonderful source for omega-3 fatty acids


Everything Green 

So, this is a bit of a cheat list – we have more than one item here. Avocados, broccoli, brussel sprouts, edamame, green tea, will all add that splash of color and health to your plate. However, despite sharing a color, each of these foods has a different advantage. For instance, brussels and broccoli are rich in vitamin C (which brightens and firms the skin), while green tea contains catechine, which serves as skin protection and anti-aging. So, stock up on those greens for a better and improved skin. 


Stock up on those greens for a better and improved skin


Dark, dark Chocolate 

Yes, you are allowed to indulge, just make it count. Several studies have found that consuming dark chocolate, at moderate and regular amounts, provides protection against UV rays and therefore, sunburn, as well as improvement of wrinkles. The chocolate you choose should be at least 70% cocoa and low on sugar, which is known for inducing cases of acne. If you were looking for an excuse to have more chocolate – now you have a healthy reasoning. 


This one is known for inducing cases of acne.


Sow your Seeds 

Nuts, and seeds in particular, have numerous benefits, even if you’re not just concerned about your skin health. Sunflower, pumpkin, chia seeds and others, are all excellent sources of boosting your skin’s nutrients. They are mostly rich in zinc, which is good for promoting skin renewal and maintaining collagen. Beware though, nuts and seeds are tricky since they are super fatty, and should be consumed in moderate quantities. 


Pumkin is an excellent source of boosting your skin’s nutrients

Mashed, Roasted or Baked 

Whether you bake your sweet potatoes, or enjoy them in a mash, the beta-carotene in sweet potatoes (and carrots and spinach for that matter) is just what your skin needs. Beta carotene is a precursor of vitamin A – in charge of healthy skin, mucus membrane, eyesight and so on.  


Just what your skin needs


So, whichever of these you choose to implement, you must remember that your skin should always deserve the best. Whether it is acne you’re suffering from or dryness, adopting a healthier nutrition, might just be the change your skin needs. 

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