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5 Foods, Fruits, and Veggies for Clearer Skin

Those skin, hair, and nail gummies at the drugstore may have caught your eye. Most consist of biotin and collagen, two natural compounds that make skin, hair, and nails strong. But controversy exists about whether or not these gummy vitamins are really that useful to add to your skincare regimen. Better results may be gained from simple hydration and adding a few specific foods into your diet. These passive steps can bring great results to your skin, while also helping you meet your fruit and veggie quota for the day.

Berries

Everyone loves berries for their flavor, easy incorporation into smoothies, and on-the-go snackability. Blueberries, cranberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries—even kiwis are berries! Better yet are their antioxidants - compounds that stop the breakdown of cells. These are great for your skin, which faces damage from free radicals or sunlight.

Avocado

You might already know avocados are great for at-home skin masks. The reasons it's good on your face are the same reasons it’s good to eat. Avocado contains essential fatty acids, which can contribute to the soft feeling of your skin. They also contain vitamins C and E, which are antioxidants and protect the skin.

Pineapple

Similarly, pineapple also contains high levels of the antioxidant vitamin C, but also the enzyme bromelain. This enzyme fights inflammation, which can be great for any skin puffiness. It can also contribute to the softness of skin.

Tomato

Bringing further antioxidants to the table, tomatoes contain lycopene and vitamin C. The acid in tomatoes is great for the skin, and is known to clear up dullness and breakouts. This acid fights oils in the skin and reduces pore size, leaving fewer opportunities for clogged pores to develop into blemishes. Tomatoes may also encourage the body to make more collagen,

Fish

This one is, of course, a personal decision, but eating fish can be good for the skin given the fats and oils found in it. Particularly, omega-3 fatty acids in fish are good for skin. These also reduce inflammation and may even fight cancer.

Adding these foods and nutrients into your diet can reduce dullness, puffiness, and breakouts while increasing the glow of your skin as well. The bonus is the healthier your skin looks, the healthier your body likely is. Each of these foods nourish and protect other essentials body parts, so while you get a visual benefit in your skin, you’re getting a whole body benefit, too.

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