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So many of us are adopting more complicated skincare routines in a bid to look our best. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this, and there are many excellent skincare products out there that will help you to look brighter, smoother, and younger, but good skin really does start within.

What you eat has a huge impact on how well you look, and if you choose well, your skin will look more radiant than ever. With that being the case, let’s take a look at some of the best foods to eat if you want to have the most radiant skin of your life:

Water

One of the most important things you can do, if you want to have youthful, clear skin, is to drink lots of water. The more water you drink, the less dehydrated you will be, which means your skin will be a whole lot plumper. If you do get dehydrated, you will pretty soon notice that your skin starts to look dull and dry, but it is best not to get to that point in the first place.

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Avocados

Avocadoes are very popular right now. They are an excellent source of healthy fats, and help to keep you fuller for longer. If you love your avocado toast, you will be happy to know that the humble avocado is a powerhouse when it comes to maintaining healthy skin.

Avocados are particularly good at providing you with lots of vitamin E, which helps to keep skin more moist and supple, so it is not surprising that studies have shown that women who eat lots of avocados tend to have skin that springs back more easily than people who do not eat lots of healthy fats.

Sweet potatoes

If you want to give your skin a boost, then swap out regular white potatoes for the sweet orange version instead. Why because sweet potatoes are an excellent source of both beat carotene and vitamin A. Both of these nutrients are vital to the production of healthy skin.

Beta carotene is a natural sunblock, which means it helps to protect your skin from UV rays (although you do still need to wear sunscreen when going outdoors in the day) and vitamin A is an important antioxidant that can help to prevent wrinkles and other signs of premature aging, so when it comes to carbs, the sweet potato is hard to beat when healthy skin is your aim.

Fatty fish

Fatty fish, such as salmon and mackerel, is one of the most nutritious foods you can eat, especially when it comes to your skin. This is because fatty fish is packed with omega-3 fatty acids which help to keep skin soft, supple, and moist. If you are looking to plump up your skin then adding more fatty fish to your diet is a no-brainer.

Walnuts

Walnuts are one of the healthiest snacks you can have. High in fat and protein, they can help you to feel fuller for longer when you are trying to cut your caloric intake. Interestingly, they are also great for your skin containing a large amount of omega-6 oils, which are good at fighting against inflammation. In fact walnuts, and other nuts and seeds, often make up a significant part of the recommended diet for eczema-prone skin because the oils in the nuts can help to reduce swelling, pain, and redness.

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Tomatoes

Tomatoes are high in vitamin C and contain a large quantity of lycopene which like beat carotene, helps to protect the skin from the rays of the sun. if you eat lots of tomatoes, you are much less likely to develop lots of wrinkles than you would be if you did not. There is a reason why Italian women age so gracefully!

Dark chocolate

If you are looking for something indulgent to treat yourself to, then choose dark chocolate. There is no sweet treat better for the skin than dark chocolate which contains a huge number of antioxidants that will help to prevent signs of aging and help you to keep your skin moist and supple. Just stay away from varieties that contain sugar as that can dry out the skin and cause breakouts negating the power of dark chocolate somewhat.

If you avoid eating lots of sugar and greasy junk food and eat more of the foods above, then you can guarantee that your skin will start to clear up, you will look younger, and you will have the kind of glow that no amount of makeup can fake.

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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