the best food for healthy skin

The Best Food For Healthy Skin

One of the biggest ongoing debates in the beauty world is, does the food you eat affect your skin? By eliminating certain foods from your diet can you cure acne? Like many things in life, there is no black and white answer, but rather a lot of greys! Here I’ll explain all that grey to you and share with you some of the best food for healthy skin.

Does your eating affect your skin?

The simple answer to that is yes….and no! To explain this in more detail – the food you eat will affect your skin…to an extent. Someone who is prone to acne will always be prone to acne no matter what he or she eats. Certain foods will make it worse and certain foods will make it better. The relationship between the food you eat and your skin is very complex, however, over time it has become clear to dermatologists that people who have nutritional deficiencies will have side effects on their skin. Since nutritional deficiencies come from not eating the right food, it is advisable to eat the right food.

Food you should avoid

say no to sugar

The main culprit of bad skin is sugar, that is, the wrong kind of sugar (sugar that doesn’t come from fruit or natural sources). Bad sugar is never good for your skin or your health, it causes your insulin to spike which basically inflames your body. Sugar speeds up the ageing process by making the skin less elastic which causes a host of other issues. All in all, avoid sugar as much as you can.

Many people are told to avoid dairy products too. This is because dairy usually has a lot of hormones in it, this is worse in some countries than others. An increase in unnecessary hormones can result in breakouts. If you are struggling with acne or random breakouts you can try going off dairy for a while and see if your skin improves.

These are the two main groups of food that I recommend watching how much you eat of them if you have breakouts. Even if you don’t have breakouts, I advise you to have as little sugar as possible, there are no signs of sugar ever helping anyone! However, you don’t need to go to the extreme with it- indulging once in a while won’t affect your skin too much, nor your health.

The best food for healthy skin

fruit and veg

The best food for healthy skin is natural fruit and vegetables. They all contain a ton of nutrients and vitamins that are vital to our body and do wonders for our skin. Below are a few of the most important vitamins and food to look out for.

Vitamin C is one of the best vitamins for your skin, it is a super antioxidant which promotes radiant skin, helps blemishes heal properly and it makes the immune system stronger. The best foods with vitamin C are oranges, sweet potatoes, kiwis, broccoli, blueberries and strawberries. Adding these to your diet will benefit your skin tremendously.

Vitamin E helps protect against free radical damage and it repairs damaged skin from within and out. Free radical damage is basically where the cells in the body are damaged and not working properly, you need antioxidants to fight against it. This is the job of Vitamin E and it can be found in foods like avocados, oily fish, nuts and seeds, mangoes, broccoli, spinach and tomatoes to name a few.

dark chocolate

A delicious favourite that also happens to be good for your skin is dark chocolate! I wish the same could be said for pizza but sadly…..:(

Dark chocolate is rich in cocoa flavonols which is an antioxidant. Studies have shown that people who have a high intake of dark chocolate have improved elasticity. I’m only mentioning here the skin benefits but dark chocolate has a ton of other benefits on our bodies and health. You can read more about it here.

Nuts and seeds are also amazing for the skin. They contain a lot of nutrients and vitamins and they are rich in antioxidants. Some nuts like walnuts are also full of fatty acids which have omega 3 and 6, these are essential to healthy skin.

Water! Although this isn’t technically food, without enough water in our bodies we get dehydrated and then our skin dries out. I recently did an experiment where I drank about 3 litres of water a day. The results were astounding- read the full post here.

These are just a few of the ways that you can boost the health of your skin. The best food for healthy skin is really natural food. This doesn’t mean you have to go clean eating, but rather be aware of what food you put inside your mouth and try to adopt healthy eating habits.  By doing so, your skin will improve drastically and so will your health!

Hollie xx

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  1. Jucing Fan says:

    I definitely agree with everything you said in here.

    Sugar being the main culprit in almost every disease that we suffer from is very true.

    Our skin, which is basically our ‘outer covering’ practically reflects what we take in our bodies, what we eat, what we put in it… So if we eat crappy food, then our skin will definitely show that. But if we only choose the healthy stuff to put in, then were are surely gonna glow.

    1. Well put! And the less sugar we eats the less our bodies crave it.

      Thanks for stopping by:)

  2. I have always heard that sugar can cause acne.  However, it’s also bad for your mental health too.  I remember reading about how people that eat more sugar have more issues with depression.

    However, was about greasy foods?  I think we have all heard greasy foods cause acne.  I’m not so sure if that is true or not though.  What do you think?

    1. Greasy foods is a tricky one. I can tell you its not good for your health and your skin may feel greasy. You may even get a spot or two but greasy food can’t cause acne. 

  3. Lok Which says:

    Great article there. All rightly said, everyone wants the best skin but no one wants to leave sugar. Sugar is the major cause of problems in the world this days and until we decide to reduce the intake of sugar we might not enjoy the best experience of health.

    The skin is the outermost part of our body, it’s the part other people can easily relate with, the kind of food we take will eventually determine how glowing our skins will be. Thanks for sharing that fruits are generally and naturally the best for maintaining beautiful skin.

    1. I only mention the outside problems of sugar, but you are right, most of the worlds health issues are connected to sugar. Sugar is having a devastating effect on our bodies The craziest part is that most of the ‘regular’ food we eat contains sugar. I have recently been cutting down on sugar intake because I’ve noticed the bad effect it has on me and my kids. Grocery shopping is not easy! Something drastic needs to be done! . 

  4. julienne murekatete says:

    Thank you for sharing with us this interesting article on the best food for healthy skin.We are what we eat that’s why taking great food results in having good health especially beautiful skin.

    Sugar is among the enemies of our health that’s why I decide to use honey in its place.

    This post has many information which can change my way of eating however my way of living

    1. Honey is a much better option than sugar, but be careful with how much honey you eat- honey is high in calories. You should just be aware:)

  5. I am obsessed with healthy skin you have no idea how many serums and lotions I put on my body lol. Sugar is a funny thing, if you eat it it’s bad for you but if you apply it to your skin like a scrub, it makes your skin so smooth and moisturized. Yay to the dark chocolate!!! I am in love with these dark chocolate covered the espresso beans yumm. Glad I came across your article so I remind myself to eat healthy. Great post! Gonna grab a glass of water now.

    1. Thanks for stopping by:) 

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