Whether you’re breaking out more than usual or experiencing extra glowy skin, your diet is likely playing a bigger role than you think when it comes to your complexion. Want to put your best face forward? Consider incorporating a few superfoods into your diet.
But what makes a superfood super, anyway? Superfoods contain significantly higher amounts of vitamins, antioxidants, and enzymes than other foods. When you munch on them, you give your body a mega-dose of nutrients that it then puts toward protecting and repairing your skin. Here, our top five favorite superfoods for clearer, brighter, healthier skin.
Oats are not only a delicious and gluten-free breakfast, they're also rich in antioxidants and vitamins! Specifically, the vitamins zinc and magnesium are known to combat acne. Consuming this superfood can also heal your skin by quelling inflammation. Even better? You can even add oatmeal to your (topical) skin care routine by whipping it into a DIY face mask—it'll help sooth even the most irritated skin.
Tomatoes are loaded with vitamins that are extremely important to the health of your skin: lycopene, collagen, and vitamin A. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that gives tomatoes their red color, boosts our skin’s natural SPF, and aids in the reproduction of our skin cells. Lycopene also helps boost collagen production, which promotes elasticity and smooth, wrinkle-free skin. Vitamin A, also known as retinol (ever heard of it?) encourages healthy skin cell production and reduces the appearance of wrinkles.
Spinach contains every antioxidant you need for even texture and glowing skin. Chlorophyll, iron, and vitamins C, E, and A are just a few of the powerhouses you’re consuming when you add spinach to your diet. Plus, vitamin K and folate have been shown to minimize dark circles and acne scars, making your skin extra radiant.
Blueberries can reverse signs of aging, heal acne, and help your body produce more collagen. Plus, they’ve been dubbed the “King of Antioxidants,” thanks to their powerful ability to protect against free radicals—which speed up aging and can contribute to cancer if left unchecked. Blueberries make a yummy addition to your morning smoothie or even to your salad at lunch.
The omega-3 fatty acids in chia seeds help soothe inflammation and speed up the healing process of blemishes. They’re also rich in zinc, protein, and fiber. Chia seeds help strengthen the cell membrane barriers in your skin and keep unwanted toxins out. Just soak your chia seeds in water or almond milk overnight to form a pudding-like consistency—it makes them easier to digest and maximizes nutrient absorption.