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The old adage beauty starts on the inside is true.  We are what we eat so why not optimize your food choices to keep your skin healthy and glowing? Of course, everyone’s body is different, so you should check with your doctor before changing your diet. But hopefully this list is a good starting point for your own search into how to live a healthier life while enhancing your outer glow. Here’s a list of foods that are not only great for your skin, but that also may help you to live a healthy life. 

Red Bell Peppers

Did you know that green peppers are just unripe red peppers? Because they are not mature, green peppers have only half the vitamin C and a small amount of vitamin A. So, as far as healthy skin goes, red peppers have much more going for them. Vitamin C helps our bodies produce collagen, which decreases as women get a little older. Red peppers are also rich in carotenoids that can help prevent wrinkles and increase blood circulation to your skin.

Dark Chocolate

Yes, chocolate is a health food! It is rich in antioxidants, fatty acids and plant substances called flavanols. All these ingredients promote glowing skin. Be sure to choose dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa content. Cocoa also relaxes arteries and increases blood circulation, which helps encourage healthier skin. No matter how seductive, avoid chocolate with milk and added sugar. A Snickers bar or luxury Belgium chocolates are not going to help your skin glow.

Coconut Oil

Most women know about the wonderful benefits of coconut oil. Coconut oil is rich in essential fatty acids and Vitamin E, perfect for keeping skin moist, soft, and wrinkle-free. It’s very versatile and can be used as a gentle makeup remover and as a hydrating and protecting face and body cream. It is also great for your hair and wonderful for cooking!


Spinach consistently appears on every list for enhancing health and beauty. Its amazing nutrient-rich ingredients include iron, folate, chlorophyll, Vitamin E, magnesium, Vitamin A, fiber, plant protein, and Vitamin C.  This makes it an outstanding health-boosting food for your skin because Vitamins C, E, and A are especially great for your skin. If you add luscious green spinach it to your diet you are cleaning your skin from the inside out!


Celery might not be a food that you think of for enhancing your skin. But, did you know that celery contains natural sodium and potassium and can help to prevent dehydration? In older women, keeping the body properly hydrated helps prevent skin dryness, flaking, and wrinkles.


Papaya is an amazing and relatively unknown fruit with lots of nutritional benefits. It is low in calories and fructose making it excellent for digestion. The link between digestion, general health, and good skin is an important part of the 2000-year-old Indian Ayurveda philosophy.


Carrots are not only good for your eyes, but also for your skin. Carrots are high in beta-carotene, an antioxidant that gets converted to vitamin A inside the body. Vitamin A helps prevent the overproduction of cells in the skin. That’s where excess sebum combines with dead cells and clogs pores causing inflammation and breakouts.

If you’re struggling with finding the right balance of foods to optimize your health, a nutritionist can help you improve your health and life by teaching you how to enrich your body with the right kind of nutrient-dense foods for your specific needs. If you want to take control of your health, seek guidance from a professional.

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