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The Best Thing for Your Skin Isn't Found in the Medicine Cabinet

February 10th, 2017 at 2:00am

Let’s play two truths and a lie.

1—On average, a woman consumes four-seven pounds of lipstick in one lifetime.

2—Most germs that your face meets are from your hands.

3—The only way to clear skin is through applying products directly to it.

Now, which one is the lie? If you said the last one, then you are correct! In fact, what you put in your mouth, rather than on your face, can and do drastically affect your skin.

Your beauty routine shouldn’t be exclusive to the products to apply to your skin; it should also include being aware of what you are eating and how it affects your skin. The old saying is true: you are what you eat. And if you are looking to clear up your skin, this is especially important.

But saying so long to your beloved latte addiction is easier said than done. To help you balance out your skin and keep you sane, keep reading for some suggested foods to avoid and what to replace them with.

If you like: Dairy(Photo via @jaidabrinkley_)

Try: Milk alternatives(Photo via @tstacyy)

You know how you breakout due to hormones? When you consume dairy milk, you are ingesting hormones from the cow, which can wreck havoc on your oil glands and lead to increased levels of inflammation. So when you’re ordering that cappuccino remember to ask for almond milk or soy milk instead of regular. It might cost an extra 50 cents but your skin will thank you!

If you like: Caffeine(Photo via @valeriecammack)

Try: Matcha green tea(Photo via @erikaborst)

Too much caffeine can be dehydrating. Don’t panic! I’m not suggesting you skip your morning cup of joe, but instead of refilling that mug opt for a matcha green tea or a glass of water. Staying hydrated inside is key to keep your skin hydrated on the outside. 

If you like: Fast food or junk food(Photo via @juliacazares)

Try: Avocado Toast(Photo via @beautifuldetour)

Avocado is simple to make and tasty. And the healthy fat in avocado feel indulgent while actually being super good for you. Avocado is high in vitamin C, carotenoids, vitamin E, omega-9 fatty acid, and whole lot of other nutrients your skin and stomach will thank you for.

If you like: Sugary Snacks(Photo via @sarahissofly)

Try: Smoothie Bowls(Photo via @cherileighco)

Smoothie bowls are simple to make, delicious, versatile, and so so so yummy! Toss a handful of berries on top satisfy your sweet tooth without the energy crash. Added bonus: blueberries are high in antioxidants, which protect you from premature aging.

Of course, there is no such thing as a one size fits all skincare you routine or diet. Try making these swaps to see what works for you! Let us know if you have any other nourishing skincare tips in the comments below!