Every now and again, I have these very short-lived epiphanies that I should care about what I eat and make moves to start a healthy diet. Again, these little “kicks,” as I like to call them, don’t ever last long because, well, pizza and pasta exist. However, while I’m feeling good and in the mood, I decided to step up my fruit game and incorporate more fruits into my daily diet. On that note, I literally just tried avocado for the first time, like, two weeks ago. I’m aware that I am a martian or something at this point. @ me in the comments. So, not only have I been experimenting, but I also started actually caring about the benefits these fruits have on my skin. I know they’re great for my insides or whatever, but are all of them good for my skin, too? Turns out, yeah, all that avo I’ve been missing out on could’ve cleared up some acne for me. Here are the fruits that give you glowing skin.
Apparently, kiwis carry more Vitamin C than oranges. Wow. I guess you really learn something new every day. In case you didn’t already know, Vitamin C is the key to all of your glowing skin needs. This helps boost your immune system so you’re bound to get sick way less often and keep your skin looking fresh and youthful. Win-win.
I’ve been incorporating lemon in my beauty routine for years now, and I have absolutely no regrets. All of the lemon water you order at restaurants goes to a good cause, I swear. Since they’re citrus fruits, they reduce acne scars and blemishes to promote an even and clear skin tone. Drinking lemon concoctions are almost just as good as putting it directly on your face. Who knew?
I couldn’t put this first on the list because then that would’ve been too biased. Everyone knows and practically hails this super fruit for tasting amazing and simultaneously offering some pretty damn good benefits. They contain both biotin and Vitamin E, two must-haves for flawless skin. Biotin promotes cell growth while Vitamin E serves as a “skin protector” to encourage refreshed glowing skin. More avocado toast, please.
4. Açaí Berry
These berries actually do a hell of a lot for your skin other than getting you some likes because you posted your açai bowl on Instagram. Bless. Not only are they good for your skin, but they’re good for your hair too because they contain Vitamins A, B, C, and E. AMAZING. This will help revive your skin so you can look (and feel) young again, repair damaged skin cells, and restore necessary moisture.
Strawberries are always a good idea and anyone who doesn’t like them has some serious issues. They’re basically the one fruit you should be remembering to eat on a daily basis for the sole reason that they contain salicylic acid. Yes, that ingredient that is in probably every one of your facial cleansers, washes, and treatments. The magical acid thoroughly cleans and unclogs your pores to prevent new pimples from emerging.
Coconut anything is usually a miracle worker when it comes to your beauty regimen. It offers a ton of benefits for your skin, hair, nails, and digestive system. They’re an amazing natural moisturizer, skin healer, and skin protectant. Coconut also helps reduce stubborn swelling and keeps gross harmful bacteria at bay.
7. Pitaya AKA Dragon Fruit
Move aside, açai berries. This new and hot ~exotic~ fruit is becoming all the rage thanks to Instagram (again) and all of the bowl creations coming with it. The bright pink fruit looks prettier than I’ll ever be, and it also helps your skin look flawless. Since it’s v high in antioxidants, it perks those cheekbones up and aids in brightening your skin tone for the perfect youthful glow this summer.
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The pursuit of fucking amazing skin is (I assume) at the top of every betch’s list (that, and being skinny without trying). Like, being able to roll out of bed, throw on some mascara, and head out the door is every betch’s dream. Caking on makeup to hide zits and blah skin is on the low end of everyone’s want list. Fun fact: There’s a list of veggies and fruits you should totally be working into your diet if you want amazing, glowing, Giselle-ish skin. We’re not saying eat these veggies and fruits exclusively, because your bod, like, needs other shit (like water, salmon, almonds, and fucking Starbucks) to function. But you might want to start incorporating these foods for glowing skin into your diet. I mean, you should do it for your general health because these are all fruits and veggies, but the added beauty benefits don’t hurt.
Turns out that eating a tomato with mayonnaise on bread during the heat of summer may actually be NOT bad for you. The antioxidant lycopene in this red bitch can actually protect you from the sun, according to Prevention, since it improves skin’s natural SPF. And we all know that laying around in the sun causes wrinkles, so eat tomatoes to like, not get burned and look younger. Oh but wear sunscreen, also.
Thanks to a metric shit-ton of antioxidants, blueberries are literally amazing if you don’t want to age prematurely and also want great skin. Add them to your yogurt, smoothie, or eat them fresh to make use of this berry’s benefits.
Healthy fats—namely, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (ever heard of them?) act as a giant natural moisturizer for your skin. According to BBC Good Food, veggies like avocados (is it a fruit? idfk) not only have these amazing-for-your-face fats, but they also provide lots of vitamin E, which will protect you from gross free radicals. Some celebs put avocados directly on their face, but like, I will not advocate for wasting potential guacamole and will stick to eating foods for glowing skin.
Kale, superfood of the 2000’s and hipster-worshipped green thing, is full of lutein and zeaxanthin—both nutrients that absorb and neutralize UV light free radicals, according to Prevention. It’s also full of vitamins C and A, both of which can boost the firmness of your skin.
5. Yellow Bell Peppers
If you dislike the idea of crow’s feet hanging out around your eyes, you’d best get to eating some fucking yellow bell peppers. According to a super scientific study, the antioxidants that fight aging were found to be in super high doses in green and yellow veggies—preventing wrinkles on and around your face.
Brown, fuzzy, and v strange looking are not the adjectives usually used to describe something that’s great for your skin. But kiwis have tons of vitamin C and antioxidants that help keep your skin firm, prevent wrinkles, and do other awesome stuff to your bod. So eat these weirdos.
Turns out all that beta carotene is good for something. Beta carotene is converted to vitamin A in your body, and carrots are fucking full of it. Not only will it help make your skin glow, but it’ll also fight wrinkles. Yay, carrots.
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