What to eat for healthy skin

By Mercedes Sanchez raspberries and blackberries skin careA few years ago, I started an Adult Acne Diary where I discussed my personal frustrations with zits as a 20-something year old.

I remember working the overnight shift at a news station in New York and having a delicious, but greasy breakfast at the commissary almost every morning. Bacon. Fried eggs. French toast. It caused many breakouts and I didn't even know that my eating habits were a part of the problem.

It was my dermatologist who told me that what I put into my body can also affect how my skin looks.

In addition to proper cleansing and moisturizing, I keep my skin zit free by eating better. Here are some of my favorites:

Berries: Anything from strawberry, raspberry and blackberry! They are natural antioxidants and improve your skin. They're known to reduce inflammation and help give your skin a healthy glow.

Spinach: I heard spinach can clear out acne. It contains vitamin A,C,E. I like to include spinach with my salad along with sun flower seeds and cranberries. But nowadays, you can also drink spinach juice and blend it with other healthy options such as tomato, carrots and cucumber.

Simple Skincare Nutrion Expert Ellie Krieger also suggests:

Limit Caffeine and Hydrate Delicously

You don’t need to give up your morning cup of Joe! A little caffeine is okay, but drinking too much caffeine can have some serious downsides, such as anxiety, restlessness and problems sleeping.  If you need an energy boost, quenching your thirst with a more hydrating beverage, like water, may be just what you and your skin need, since one of the first signs of dehydration is fatigue, and getting enough water is key to nourishing healthy skin. For something with even more flavor and skin-loving benefits, try this watermelon water. Just put chunks of watermelon in your water pitcher, with some fresh mint leaves if you’d like, and let it sit for an hour or more to infuse the water with flavor. You can try this with cantaloupe or honeydew as well.

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth Smartly

Foods that quickly raise your blood sugar (called high glycemic foods), such as refined sugars and baked goods, may also contribute to increased skin oil production.  For a sweet treat that is better for you and your skin, try fresh apple slices sprinkled with cinnamon instead of your usual dessert.  It could help you help decrease shine and boost your confidence.

Tell us, what are some of your favorite foods?

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