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The struggle to achieve beautiful skin is real. What won’t women do to get flawless and picture-perfect skin? We buy expensive cosmetics – anti-aging creams, facial treatments, wrinkle treatments, acne treatments, pigmentation treatments and everything under the sun to look beautiful.

And how can we forget Botox and plastic surgery! While it is every woman’s desire to have porcelain skin, not everyone can afford such treatments. These procedures can cost a fortune and sometimes, it doesn’t even pay off. Have you seen the botched jobs? Donatella Versace should be a lesson to all of us. Money can’t buy everything.

Goodness, I have and let me tell you, the more they try and fix it, the worse they look. Some women look down right scary and there is nothing, not even a lawsuit that will fix their problem then. Surgery is not always the answer.

Healthy Foods for Beautiful Skin

Question is, what is beautiful skin? For everyone’s definition is different but one thing is for sure, it is irrespective of complexion. Some words used to describe beautiful skin are smooth, firm, blemish-free, acne-free, lustrous, naturally glowing.

If women start caring for their skin at an early age, chances are it will pay off later in life. ‘You are what you eat’, this is true, not just for a healthy body but also for healthy skin.
Food is an easy and inexpensive way to get gorgeous glowing skin. It is time to give more power to your skin with these top foods.

Best Foods for Beautiful Skin and Hair


Blueberries, Blackberries, Acai berries, Raspberries, Goji berries; well every fruit that ends with the word berry is the right choice for your skin! They are packed with nutrients like Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Anthocyanins and other phytonutrients which nourish your skin from within.

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The water content of berries keeps the skin hydrated and moisturized. They also have anti-aging effects. Not just skin, they work wonders for your heart. A healthy heart gives a healthy pink glow to your skin. Top off your salads with fresh berries and see what miracles they do.


Did you know according to whfoods.org, salmon is one of the healthiest anti-aging foods for beautiful skin in the world? Fresh salmon has exceptional flavor and nutritional value. It is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids which help in decreasing inflammation and control acne other skin conditions like psoriasis.

Including salmon in your regular diet makes your smooth, supple and glowing. Selenium in salmon helps in controlling free radicals and makes the skin younger and wrinkle-free skin. For experiencing the change, add this power food to your diet now.


Consuming soaked almonds has been part of many people’s lifestyle. This is not some random practice but it has a strong background to it. Almonds are a powerhouse of nutrients. Soaking them overnight improves taste, increases nutrients and improves digestibility.

They are rich in Vitamin E that promotes heart health and has anti-aging effects on the body. Packed with fibers, they aid digestion. A healthy digestive system means clear and acne free skin.

Other numerous benefits come from antioxidants, manganese, and magnesium present in them. So, before you pop a Vitamin-E pill, just remember almonds are one of the top foods for beautiful skin!


Tomato is a part of our daily diet; in the form of salads, sauces, purees. This fruit does more than just make our food taste good. It has a powerful antioxidant in it called Lycopene, which protects against sun damage, thus delaying the wrinkles and aging process.

Its anti-inflammatory properties prevent breakouts. Tomato is packed with the goodness of Vitamin A, E, folic acid, and selenium. You can also apply tomato paste on the skin and take advantage of its high Vitamin C content.

It helps in clearing the skin, giving it a healthy and peach glow and that’s why it’s one of the best foods for beautiful skin.

Green tea

Health benefits of green tea are not new to the world. A cup of green tea daily floods the body with nutrients and nourishes the skin. According to WebMD, they are high in catechins, and prevent cell damage, thus fighting signs of aging.

The catechins in green tea are anti-bacterial which prevent acne. Today, the market is flooded with a variety of green tea scrubs, masks and packs, all attributed to the magical effects it has on the skin. When applied topically it reduces dark circles, puffy eyes and gives a clear complexion.


Yogurt is a food excellent for your digestive system. With millions of good bacteria, yogurt maintains a healthy gut; that is important for clear and acne-free skin. The topical application of yogurt helps in making the skin smooth and flawless. Apply it daily to see what it does!

Olive oil

Think of healthy cooking oil and the first name that comes to our mind is Olive oil! It is a rich source of Vitamin E and phytosterols which keep your skin younger by protecting it against premature aging. It’s among one of the trusted foods for beautiful skin and hair.

The ingredient present in olive is monounsaturated fats or MUFA, which keeps your heart healthy and maintains the blood glucose levels. The topical application of olive oil leaves your skin smooth, flawless and blemish-free. Add it to facial packs or scrubs to see the results!


Vitamin C is THE most nutrient for collagen synthesis, skin repair and cell regeneration, which keeps the skin healthy and young. Few people know those colorful green, yellow and red peppers which we add to so many dishes are a rich source of Vitamin C.

They are also a rich source of carotenoids that prevent inflammation and breakouts and prevent premature skin damage. High moisture content in them keeps the skin hydrated. Add these liberally to your salads and keep glowing.

Dark Chocolate

In recent times, benefits of dark chocolates for health are doing the rounds. The flavanols, an antioxidant present in dark chocolate cocoa protect the skin against sun damage and increases the blood circulation. Pure cocoa present in dark chocolate is high in rank on ORAC scale, this rank is a measure of its antioxidant power.

Now you can understand why dark chocolate is the talk of the town. Keep it moderate with dark chocolate and you can have a healthy body and skin, without gaining weight.


Amla or Indian Gooseberry is a rich source of Vitamin C. It helps in collagen synthesis and skin repair. The high moisture content of Amla keeps the skin hydrated and well nourished.

If you are fighting with your pigmentation or acne problems, then Amla should be added to your grocery list. It detoxifies the body, thus cleansing it. You can consume it as juice or raw (it is very sour!).

It is an ingredient in a variety of skin and hair care products. Be it skin, hair or overall well-being, Amla has all the goodness your body needs.


Water is an essential part of our existence, we all know that. Our elders always emphasized on drinking at least 8 glasses of water in a day, because it hydrates the body and eliminates all the toxins.

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If our body is not cleansed from inside, we can never have clear and healthy skin. Up to 60% of the human body is made up of water, as it is essential for all body functions. It is a vital nutrient and one which we must take liberally!

This was our list of top foods for beautiful skin. All of these foods are found in a number of cosmetics and creams today, instead of buying them why not eat these foods and see the change! A body that is healthy from inside will always shine on the outside.

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Mikki Donaldson is a southern girl, born in “hard time Mississippi.” She, like her town, has seen many hurricanes, but bounce back each time. Mikki is no different from any other person with a passion, late to bed and early to rise. The writer adores her family and seeks to leave her mark on this remarkable world.