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You Are What You Eat: Get Healthy Skin From Inside Out

by Madison Ruggieri on July 9, 2014.

You’ve heard the old adage: “you are what you eat.” While this saying typically pertains to avoiding fatty, sugary foods (because no one wants to look like a walking doughnut), you may be surprised to learn that it goes beyond avoiding a buoyant midsection. Food can affect the health (for better or worse) of your nails, your hair, and your organs, including your skin. Eating the right foods can actually improve your complexion, increase your skin’s defense against the sun, and even stave off wrinkles!

Drink A Beer – It’s a rare instance when alcohol is actually the solution to a problem, so pay attention, because we have good news about your favorite hoppy delight–the IPA. This surprising skin savior is loaded with silicon, which is great for tightening your skin and clearing your complexion. That’s right, we basically just told you that drinking an IPA can make you look younger. You’re welcome. Just be sure to drink in moderation–slamming a six-pack can actually dehydrate skin and have the opposite effect.

Go Nuts – When you’ve got the munchies this summer, reach for a handful of almonds instead of the usual potato chips. These powerful, crunchy nuts are packed with vitamin E, which actually increases your skin’s defenses against the sun. That’s not to say you can go without applying or reapplying your Urth Skin Solutions for Men Face Balm SPF 15, but it’ll help!

Eat Your Vitamins – Sweet potatoes, papayas, and carrots–a.k.a. the Vibrant Orange Veggies and Fruits–contain the vitamin C your body needs to increase collagen production and help avoid wrinkles further down the line. Even if you’re only in your twenties, experts recommend jumping into an anti-aging regimen ASAP, since wrinkles start popping up around age 23. If you’re a bit past your youthful twenties, consider adding a face serum with vitamin C like Jack Black Protein Booster Skin Serum to your daily routine to fight wrinkles from the surface as well.

Essential Oil – Finally, safflower oil can be beneficial for your skin, both inside and out. When ingested, it provides plenty of omega-6 fatty acids that help keep cell walls receptive to moisture. Those who suffer from eczema and psoriasis, or extremely dry and flaky skin can rub safflower oil directly into their skin. Remember that a little oil goes a long way, so go easy on it.

Pro Tip: Even though it should be used daily, the moisturizer does not make the man. For clean, handsome, healthy skin, start from the inside out with a healthy, vitamin-packed diet. Eliminate processed and sugary foods to start, and go from there.

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Madison Ruggieri

Director of Editorial for The Motley. Los Angeles native. A fan of Tolstoy, Tina Fey and the Rolling Stones.