You are what you eat - especially when it comes to your skin! The appearance of skin can fluctuate, impacted significantly by daily stress, lack of sleep, and what we put into our bodies everyday. Contrary to what many products promise, improving the health and appearance of your skin goes deeper than magic creams and serums, which only address the surface (literally). What you put into your body is directly related to that elusive glow we are all after. Studies show that eating plenty of whole fruits and veggies and getting enough protein, rest, and water throughout the day are the keys to healthier, more vibrant skin. On the other hand, processed foods, refined sugars, oils, and excessive sodium are all culprits for dulling down complexions. These foods are inflammatory and can cause breakouts, dry, irritated skin, or overly oily skin. Instead, work the following five foods into your smoothies, snacks, and meals to get that radiant spring glow!

Berries. Full of fibrous seeds, antioxidants, vitamin C, and low-sugar juiciness, these plump little beauties do wonders for skin, as well as the rest of the body. Blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, and acai berries are all linked to improved skin tone, regular digestion, and are easily added to smoothies, salads, oatmeal, plain yogurt, or enjoyed alone as a refreshing snack. Research shows eating berries may help reduce risk of cancer as well as clear skin so eat up!

Mango. High in vitamins A and C, ultra-hydrating, and anti-inflammatory, mango, along with citrus and pineapple, is excellent for brightening your skin. The vitamin C in mango supports the body’s natural collagen production, keeping skin elastic and smooth, as well as strengthening hair and nails. These vitamins as well as antioxidants can reduce puffiness, like in this mango turmeric smoothie and keep your skin hydrated. If you struggle with getting enough water, keep your H2O interesting by adding a few cubes of frozen mango to your water bottle.

Cacao. It’s a myth that eating chocolate is bad for your skin, at least, it’s only half of the story. Milk chocolate is often high in sugar and other additives, making it more inflammatory and likely to dull your glow. However, small amounts of quality dark chocolate with a high percentage of cacao can actually be good for your skin, because of their free-radical fighting antioxidants and other compounds that protect skin from sun damage and premature aging. Try this nourishing vegan chocolate hazelnut mousse with raw cacao, hazelnuts, and raspberries the next time you have a chocolate craving.

Collagen Peptides. Trendy in the health and wellness world, collagen is actually something the human body naturally produces to lubricate joints, keep skin elastic, and so much more. Collagen plays an important role in healing the gut via a protective lining and strengthens hair, skin, and nails. As the human body ages, collagen production declines. Adding more collagen to your diet in the form of Orgain Grass-Fed Pasture Raised Collagen Peptides can give your skin a boost, especially with this hydrating collagen and coconut smoothie and our other favorite ways to add collagen to your routine. Our collagen peptides are flavorless, making collagen super easy to incorporate into your life.

Avocado. Rich in vitamin E and other essential fats, vitamins, and minerals, avocados are an excellent fruit to enjoy for beautiful skin and many other benefits. Think beyond guacamole and add avocado to smoothies, healthy desserts like this vegan avocado chocolate mousse, on top of soups, salads, whole grain toast, or mash it up for a soothing facial mask. Swap in healthy fats like avocado, coconut oil, and olive oil in lieu of soybean oil, fried foods, and hydrogenated oils for clear, balanced skin.

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