You Glow, Girl: Eating Your Way to Beautiful, Healthy Skin
Despite all of the makeup ads, TikToks, and dermatologists on YouTube, slathering your face with all of the creams out there isn’t the fast fix to give you the healthy, glowing skin you crave. We, too, love a good serum, but the reality of life is that good skin happens from the inside out.
“A diet focused on high-quality lean proteins, fiber, healthy oils, raw fruits and vegetables, and spices is best for supporting healthy skin," Paula Simpson, nutritionist and cofounder of ZSS told Allure in 2016.
Consider Trying the 80/20 Rule
Eating healthy all the time is a hard feat — even if clear skin is one of the many, many rewards. We recommend the 80/20 rule where you eat well 80 percent of the time and eat more indulgently 20 percent of the time. Not sure what to eat during that 80 percent of the time to get your skin in tip-top shape? Our top recommendations are avocados (great for dry skin as they’re rich in vitamin E and healthy oils), sweet potatoes (great for oily skin and rich in vitamin A), and salmon (great for elasticity and rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, which improve cholesterol and battle inflammation).
Avoid Certain Types of Foods
Sadly, just as many foods are great for your skin, there are plenty of foods that are less than great. Foods with a high glycemic index like white bread, white pasta, potatoes and sugary baked goods are particularly bad for skin and can cause acne. Medikaur Skin & Aesthetics even suggests those foods can “trigger premature tissue aging” due to a “process called glycation, where sugar molecules attach to collagen in the skin, causing it to harden then break rather than bend.” Other foods to avoid or only take in moderation include dairy products, fast food, chocolate, candy, soy, and bananas.
And, When in Doubt, Go for the Dark Chocolate
If you’re like us and don’t want to sacrifice having something sweet entirely for the sake of a clear face, Byrdie suggests dark chocolate. “There is no link between acne and chocolate. It was totally disproven in a small blind trial back in 2008 and again in later trials,” Bobby Buka, MD, JD, New York dermatologist and CEO of The Dermatology Specialists, told the publication earlier this year.