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Eat Clean for a Clear Skin
Anne Mari Ronquillo
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A good skincare regimen is essential and gives us plenty of reasons to hang out at the beauty store. But once upon a time, someone who didn’t have access to Sephora said, “beauty is skin deep,” and we as a people have collectively adopted this as a mantra. There’s a lot of truth to it, though.

The things we put inside our bodies have a much larger influence on our skin than any topical treatment. Here are some of the best foods for your skin.

Green Tea
Green tea is becoming a favorite ingredient in beauty products and here’s why: it contains high levels of antioxidants, which are essential for fighting cell damage. Its anti-inflammatory properties also inhibit skin breakouts.

Fatty fish like salmon contain omega-3 fatty acids, like the ones found in fish oil, that contribute to healthy-looking, hydrated skin. The selenium in salmon also helps reduce sun damage, but please make sure you still apply your SPF!

The vitamin E in almonds is essential in protecting cells and repairing damaged ones. This is why vitamin E supplements are popular among those who are looking for better skin, health, and nails. Skip the soft gels and just munch on some almonds for your vitamin fix.

The DIY yogurt face mask is becoming popular, but why waste a perfectly good pack of yogurt on an uncontrolled skin experiment? The probiotics in yogurt reduce inflammation in the body that leads to breakouts.

Brown Rice
White rice is high in glucose, a known exacerbator of acne. This low-glycemic grain is easier to digest, and won’t mess with your insulin levels that affect your hormones, which we know would do a number on your skin!

Tomatoes are rich in vitamin C - a fighter of both acne and dull skin. The lycopene in tomatoes help in reducing sun damage, as well as signs of aging!

Green Vegetables
A plant-based diet provides the body with the best sources of restorative and replenishing food that we were made to consume. Green, leafy vegetables are rich in nutrients and antioxidants that naturally promote good health!

If you’re craving sweet or tangy, you might want to forego that delectable slice of artisanal cheesecake. If you want better skin, berries make better desserts or snacks because they are natural sources of antioxidants.

Carrots give your body a lot of natural vitamin A, which is not just for eyesight, but for glowing skin, if that jar of tretinoin from your dermatologist is any indication.

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