Did you know that you can actually eat your way to beautiful skin? It’s true! The day I found out that I could eat delicious foods and make my skin more beautiful was a great day. If you love eating but don’t want to end up with greasy, clogged skin, keep reading! I’m going to share everything I know about which foods you should swap into your diet to help you maintain pretty, glowing skin.
Of course, it’s important to remember that these food swaps should be just one part of a whole regimen of good skincare habits, spot treatments, a healthy amount of exercise and professional medical advice from your dermatologist. After all, flawless skin doesn’t just happen overnight!
Skin Food Swap: Sugary Candies For Dark Berries
I have a crazy sweet tooth, which means I used to reach for things like fruit gummies and other artificially sweet candies more often than I should.
Now, I keep whatever fresh berries I can find in my fridge instead. Dark berries like blackberries and blueberries are the best, but raspberries and strawberries are also tasty and easy food swaps to make. Berries are packed full of antioxidants and vitamins that are great for your skin, plus they contain fibre to keep you full and keep your blood sugar stable. I like to put some in the freezer for a few minutes to make them taste extra refreshing and sweet.
Skin Food Swap: Juice and Soda For Mint Tea
Drinking fruit juice might sound like a healthy choice, but it’s actually a little deceptive. While fruit juice is certainly better than drinking only soda, it is still very sugary and you miss out on a lot of the benefits of the whole fruit. Obviously, a little bit of fruit juice or soda is okay, but don’t go overboard!
Try substituting hot or iced mint tea for your juice cravings. Spearmint and peppermint are both known for not only clearing your sinuses, but clearing your skin as well. It also helps your body digest food better, which can help you feel better and have fresher skin. I prefer to brew mine extra strong and then drink it over ice with just a little bit of honey. Most days, I don’t even miss my soda, and my skin looks so much nicer.
Skin Food Swap: Salty Potato Chips For Pumpkin Seeds and Nuts
Confession time: I love salt almost as much as I love chocolate. Unfortunately, my skin doesn’t love it nearly as much as my taste buds do, so I try to cut down my snacking as much as I can. I don’t function very well when I’m hungry though, which means I still need something to keep me full. That’s where my next food swaps come in.
Instead of buying salty chips or crackers, now I make sure to keep roasted pumpkin seeds and Brazil nuts in my pantry. Both of these snacks contain skin-friendly ingredients like vitamin E, copper, magnesium, potassium, iron and calcium. They also contain an important mineral called selenium that helps your body fight acne infections better, which means fewer and shorter breakouts. Plus, they contain fewer carbs and healthy fats, so I can snack without guilt!
Skin Food Swap: Iceberg Lettuce For Dark, Leafy Greens
I know that kale and watercress might not look very appealing, but trust me when I say that they are delicious in salads and on sandwiches. Iceberg lettuce is mostly just crunchy water without much nutritional value, which is why I prefer to substitute in whatever leafy greens I can find whenever I’m having salad.
Luckily, a lot of grocers and restaurants are starting to offer better selections of greens, so it may be easier than you think to get a healthy, skin-loving meal. Spinach, chard, watercress, dandelion, arugula and kale are all packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that can help cleanse your body. They are also filled with fibre, which means you get extra cleansing power. Fewer toxins in your body equals more radiant skin. Who needs boring iceberg lettuce, anyway?
Skin Food Swap: Peanut Butter For Almond Butter
Yes, peanut butter is good for you, but only in small amounts. It is definitely rich in protein, which your body needs, but it also contains a lot of carbs and not as many nutrients as you might think. I’m not saying to give up peanut butter completely (I don’t think I could!), but I am saying you should consider swapping out some of your weekly peanut butter intake for almond butter.
Organic almond butter is a delicious and skin-friendly alternative to peanut butter. It has a rich texture, which means it will keep you full longer, and it is also absolutely full of vitamins A and E. Vitamin A is important for collagen production, which is what keeps your skin looking young and supple, while vitamin E is a crucial antioxidant that will help fight the free radicals that prematurely age your skin.
Keep a Spot Treatment On Hand
Since these food swaps may not give you immediate skin improvements, you might still have some unsightly blemishes that need to be treated right away. If that’s the case, I recommend the Pimple Spot Care Kit. It has everything you need to help treat existing spots and improve the look and feel of your skin.
If you have new pimples that are just painful bumps under the surface, the Enca Acne Drying Pinky Powder will help to treat it before it becomes ripe. Ingredients like calamine will extract excess sebum, and salicylic acid will help clear up the spot and prevent future breakouts.
For pimples that have already come to a head, you need a sterilized extractor tool to safely pop it and reduce the chances of infection and scarring. The Pimple Spot Care Kit contains the Apchuren Acne Care Tool from 23YearsOld. One side has a small, sharp needle to help you safely lance the zit, and an extruder loop to remove all of the buildup inside the spot.
Finally, the kit also contains the Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream to help soothe any redness and prevent scarring.
Next time you’re out to eat or buying groceries, keep these food swaps in mind for radiant, glowing skin without the use of heavy makeup.