Healthy, glowing skin not only enhances your beauty, it shows the world that you’re in good health. Clear skin is so important to our cultural view of good looks that entire industries are devoted to selling you products that will improve your complexion, smooth out your skin tone, help you avoid wrinkles and more.
Good news. Your food and drink choices can solve many of those problems without investing in expensive products and without putting questionable chemicals on your skin. And, these tips won’t just artificially make you look healthier like some of those products do— they’ll improve the health of your skin and the rest of your body.
The first healthy skin tip is so simple you may find it hard to believe: make sure you drink enough water. Most Americans don’t; most Americans are chronically dehydrated. Dehydration causes a number of health problems, including dry, papery skin that is more likely to wrinkle. In fact, water helps flush toxins out of your body, so drinking plenty of water can even help cure skin blemishes.
But, that’s just the beginning. Vitamin C also enhances your skin. You’ll find vitamin C in a number of natural foods, including most citrus fruits and red peppers. You can even supplement your vitamin C intake with tablets you’ll find in any drug store, and many gas stations and convenience stores.
And, here’s one more: Eat more essential fatty acids. You’ll find them in fatty fishes, in chia and flax seeds and other sources. Don’t be misled by “fatty”—these fats are good for more than just your skin.