Byline: Jill Therese
I had pretty bad acne growing up and was never very happy about it so “skin stuff” was always on my mind.
I tried every pill, every cream, every random “new fad”, saw countless dermatologists, took hormones… you name it, I tried it.
Until one day, when I was 24 years old (I had been struggling with my skin since I was 9, so a full 15 years ) I had a particularly awful dermatologist appointment and decided that something needed to change.
I finally figured out how to clear my skin through food and have learned so much.
Thankfully, now that I have clear skin, I get to focus more on eating foods that help me *glow* a bit more. While there are many different types of foods you can eat for glowing skin, I wanted to share my 5 favorites with you so that you can glow a bit brighter today too!
My Top 5 Raw Foods For Glowing Skin
Often referred to as “mother nature’s skin moisturizer”, avocados contain a large amount of vitamin E, which is a strong antioxidant that prevents aging.
Quick tip: I take my avocados, mash them up with lemons, pepper, add a dash of salt and then dip some carrots in. Healthy guacamole = best guacamole.
(You can also use avocado as a mask which is totally fun and leaves your skin oh-so-soft.)
2. Green Juice
Full disclosure here: I basically feel that green juices are the holy grail of glowing skin. They’re super anti-inflammatory, have a ton of vitamins, help tremendously with digestion, and lower the overall acidity in your body.
Make sure that any green juice you grab has at least a 2:2 ratio of veggies to fruits, so that you’re not taking in too much sugar (which can wreak havoc on your skin.
This fruit is super fun to eat (kinda weird too?) and can have an amazing effect on your skin. The antioxidants in the fruit help to lower overall inflammation and fight free radicals.
Pomegranates also have two powerful ingredients; hydrolysable tannins and anthocyanins – which are pretty powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds.
4. Pumpkin seeds
One of the biggest reasons pumpkin seeds are so good for your skin is because of the crazy high amounts of zinc they have. Zinc protects cell membranes, helps to maintain high amounts of collagen and can really help if you have acne (acne sufferers often have chronically low levels of zinc in their systems) because of its anti-inflammatory properties.
Many of the vitamins in blueberries may calm/neutralize the levels of oil in your skin and help to maintain collagen and elastin, which can help keep fine lines and wrinkles at bay (#bestever- right?).
I try to have a serving (handful) of each of these raw foods daily for maximum skin glowy-ness- give them a try today!
Jill Therese is the founder of Heal Your Face With Food and is dedicated to helping you heal your acne naturally, from the inside out. If you’re interested in acne clearing recipes, please click here to take her 14 Day Acne Clearing Jumpstart challenge!