High-stress job? Check. Hereditary acne? Check. Glowy skin? Check—turns out, there’s way more to a clear face than just being born with one. “We may not be able to change our DNA or completely alleviate blemish-inducing stress, but we all can eat foods that contribute to amazing skin,” says Kimberly Snyder, celebrity nutritionist and author of the best-selling book The Beauty Detox Solution . As it turns out, you really are what you eat. Snyder shares with us nine foods—from cucumbers and papaya to kale and sauerkraut (surprise!)—that can seriously impact the look and health of your skin.
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Cucumber is virtually a cure-all full of hydrating enzyme-filled water, and hydration is key for youthful, smooth skin. They also contain vitamins B and C, zinc, iron, folic acid, calcium, magnesium and potassium. And it has anti-inflammatory properties, which is why you put the chilled slices over your eyes for a DIY spa treatment!
Recipe to try: Cucumber Watermelon Smoothie
Seaweed is rich in B vitamins and minerals such as iron, which helps with healthy blood flow to contribute to radiant skin. It is also naturally low in (bloating) sodium, but high in iodine, to help your thyroid and metabolism function at its peak. Order a seaweed salad when you go for sushi or add spirulina to your smoothies, salads, snacks or anywhere else you can sneak the nutrient-rich algae in.
Recipe to try: Seaweed Risotto
The sexy, good-for-you green is an excellent source of the beauty-boosting vitamins A, C and E, all of which have potent anti-aging properties and help promote healthy new cell growth. Kale is also loaded with minerals, such as magnesium and calcium, that healthy skin needs. Make a green juice or massage a kale salad stat.
Recipe to try: Fala Bar’s Kale Burger
See Snyder's Full List
For more foods sure to give you amazing skin, check out Snyder's full list here.