Skin Care Guides

What's On Your Plate?

8 minute read

Food science and skin science go hand-in-hand.

We all know for sure that what we eat has a direct impact on our skin health. We're constantly trying new skin care routines and, as a result, switching up what we put in our bodies to reap the full benefits from our skin care products and dietary choices.

And now more than ever, as consumers, we are demanding to see real and superfood ingredients in our skin care products. This way, we can hold brands accountable for transparency and identify the source of where the organic ingredients in our skin care products come from and what benefits they will provide our skin.

This is a brief on the skin care side, now onto the food side. For example, we know that using Vitamin C on the skin has multiple benefits, including brightening, but what about the benefits of eating Vitamin C-rich foods every day?

Everything you eat becomes a part of not only your inner being but the outer fabric of your body as well. The healthier the foods are that you consume, the better your skin will look. - Samantha Heller, MS, RD, clinical nutritionist at NYU Medical Center.

If you need help getting started somewhere, start here with our list of top expert-recommended foods to improve your skin and some best-selling products that feature these ingredients!

Ginger

Ginger root is the active component of the ginger flower and is responsible for providing the skin with essential nutrients. Ginger also contains natural oils, which help with reducing inflammation and pain. Overall, ginger is a great food to boost your skin's natural ability to heal itself!

Our Pick: Sweet Chef Ginger + Vitamin C Serum, $20

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds have grown in popularity in recent years, and for a good reason too! Chia seeds are packed full of antioxidants, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals. The benefits of eating chia seeds include fighting free radical damage, soothing inflammation, strengthening and hydrating the skin.

Our Pick: Boscia Chia Seed Moisture Cream, $38

Oatmeal

Oatmeal is brilliant, not only as a staple breakfast food but for the skin as well. For the skin, oatmeal is known for helping with skin issues such as acne and eczema. Oatmeal contains zinc that is said to reduce inflammation for breakout-prone skin and act as a natural exfoliator to remove dead skin for those of us with dry skin!

Our Pick: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask, $24

Spinach

Me*: eats one leaf of spinach and becomes the epitome of health and wellness. No, for real, though, spinach is awesome because it contains vitamins A, C, and K - which all work together to help our skin enhance its radiance, heals scarring and strengthens its natural barrier. What more could you ask for, right?

Our Pick: Youth to the People Superfood Cleanser, $36

Citrus Fruits

Lemons, oranges, blueberries and more all are such a sweet treat for the senses. A burst of freshness when you pop it in your mouth with benefits that are even better than how they taste! Citrus fruits can brighten the skin, tighten the pores, and increase radiance almost immediately after use. Bring on the revitalization!

Our Pick: Ole Henriksen Lemonade Smoothing Scrub™, $15

Avocado

Ah, I could go for some avocado toast right now (fav recipe right now: mashed avocado, goat cheese, sautéed onions & balsamic glaze), but in the meantime, I'll settle for talking about why avocados are so so good for the skin. They're an excellent source of vitamin E and C, and the fats and compounds found in avocados may help improve acne and eczema and help improve dull skin and even our skin tone.

Our Pick: Glossier Cleansing Face Mask: Mega Greens Galaxy Pack, $27

Turmeric

The Ayurvedic champion ingredient is known for its healing properties. Turmeric gets its high status from curcumin, a bioactive component with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Turmeric helps contribute to a natural glow, can heal wounds and acne scarring.

Our Pick: Cocokind Turmeric Stick, $9