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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We may as well prepare for the
ravages of time incoming colder weather and all the problems it causes—specifically, dry skin, zits, and general dullness. Winter is coming, and nothing can save you from its shittiness. However, you can (kind of) do battle with the shittiest of skin seasons if you’re putting the right stuff in and around your mouth. It sorta sucks, cause winter is totes my season to shout “YOLO” while I inhale mac and cheese, all the carbs, and different forms of alcohol so as to build a fine layer of fat to protect myself from January ice storms and the onslaught of feelings, but life isn’t fair and beauty is pain. But there is a silver lining, which is that you can eat certain foods to get better skin. YES, REALLY. Here’s what you need to stock up on during your next grocery store run.
1. Romaine Lettuce
The basic bitch of salad (still better than iceberg lol amirite) deserves more than to be doused in Caesar dressing and left at the bottom of your bowl. Thanks to a lot of vitamin A, Romaine leaves increase cell turnover and give your skin a boost of oxygen, which we all know is pretty important.
Any veggie or fruit that has a ton of Vitamin C is going to do wonders for your shitty dry skin. Why? Because it helps build collagen while fighting wrinkles. So load up on strawberries in your morning smoothie if you don’t want to look like the Crypt Keeper later this season.
If you went grocery shopping this summer and were overwhelmed with the selection of heirloom tomato varieties, good news, bitch. You no longer have to choose which tomato is right—they all are, if you want amazing skin. According to Prevention magazine, people who ate more tomato paste (who the fuck EATS tomato paste? like did they squirt it in their mouths? lol ew) had LESS of a chance of getting sunburned and had more collagen in their skin, thus preventing wrinkles.
Almonds, walnuts, Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds—fuck, just grind them all into a powder and snort daily. Don’t actually do that, but believe us when we see that almonds are full of vitamin E, as are the others we mentioned. That helps to protect your skin from free radicals AND keep your skin hydrated.
5. Hot Cocoa With Dark Chocolate
According to Fitness magazine, cocoa helps hydrate your skin, making it firmer and softer. One study found that women who drank ½ cup of dark chocolate hot cocoa had increased circulation in their skin, resulting in a v healthy glow. So, in a nutshell, you can drink hot cocoa and actually enjoy a benefit other than adding three pounds to your frame. Praise da lort.
6. Green Tea
Thanks to high levels of antioxidants we can’t pronounce, green tea can cut down the redness showing on your skin. So sippin’ on this shit all day can give you a caffeine jolt and help you actually look less tired.
I shouldn’t even have to explain why water is good for your skin. Most of your skin membranes are like, made up of water, so the more you drink and the more you’re hydrated, the better you’ll look. This could be the answer to why you look literally dead when you’re hungover. It’s science.
Literally what CAN’T avocado do? It helps our hangovers, brings world peace, and can apparently help our shitty winter skin issues. Thanks to high levels of vitamin E, avocados regrow and turnover your skin cells faster, resulting in less dullness.