It’s no secret that superfoods are good for you. And you’ve probably heard so many facts about kale, you can rattle them off in your sleep. But we are preaching this to you because it matters.

When it comes to your skin, what you eat directly impacts how you look, plain and simple. If you’re regularly filling up on on processed foods high in sugar and laden with ingredients we can’t pronounce, it will show up in the form of skin that is dull, dry, too oily, or troubled with acne. But don’t just take it from us, there are experts who will
confirm this fact.

Paula Simpson, nutritionist and cofounder of ZSS, a superfood-laden skincare line, says, “A diet focused on high-quality proteins, fiber, healthy oils, raw fruits and vegetables, and spices is best for supporting healthy skin.” She adds that, “These foods tend to contain high-quality amino acids—the building blocks for firm skin—plus anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich ingredients that promote optimal skin metabolism and defend against environmental stressors.”

Now let’s discuss your new grocery list. These superfoods are so good for your skin; they may as well become part of your bathroom vanity, or at least carve out a permanent place in your fridge.

  1. Ginger: Ginger is known as a magical cure-all because of its powerful anti-inflammatory properties, but according to recent studies, ginger also has a soothing effect on the skin.
  2. Chia seeds: Feel free to sprinkle this little ingredient into your morning meal or smoothie because it has one of the richest sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3’s help provide building blocks for healthy skin cells and increase collagen production to keep the skin strong and wrinkle-free.
  3. Tomatoes: Tomatoes contain lycopene, which is a powerful anti-aging antioxidant that’s not only good for your skin, but also help prevent heart disease. The latest research suggests that lycopene is better absorbed by your body when it’s cooked, so fire up the crockpot and make yourself some comforting soups and stews.
  4. Miso: The reason for filling up on miso is the probiotics, as in it’s chock-full of them. We all know how good probiotics are for your digestive health, but they’re equally important for your skin. So the next time you’re grabbing sushi for lunch, order the miso soup and reap the skin benefits.
  5. Sardines: We know that you’re probably thinking, “Fish in a can? Really?” But don’t rule it out just yet. Sardines have a high amount of vitamin B12 and selenium. B12 plays a big part in the reproduction of skin cells, and selenium produces an antioxidant called glutathione, which acts as the skin’s barrier against harmful free-radicals that speed up the aging process. Did we convince you to crack open a can yet?
  6. Avocados: Yes, guac is usually extra, but it’s worth the splurge. With high levels of healthy oils and a good dose of vitamin E, avocados hydrate the skin while providing the necessary building blocks for healthy skin cell function.
  7. Spinach: Spinach, along with other dark greens like kale, collard greens, brussel sprouts and broccoli, are rich in vitamin K, which improves blood circulation and coagulation. Spinach also contains zinc, an acne-fighter, and zeaxanthin, a naturally-occurring antioxidant that evens out skin tone and protects the skin from outside damage.

Now go get started on that grocery list because these foods hold the key to help solve
your biggest skin concerns and lead you to your most glowing self yet.