Beauty Starts From the Inside Out (Literally)

Quite literally, true beauty begins from the inside out. This year, we've been hooked on natural beauty more than ever before and for so many reasons! It's a new way of self care, a totally new movement in the beauty industry, and simply the healthiest way to implement a quality beauty routine into your schedule. With all of the different recommendations and remedies out there, things can seem overwhelming and it can be hard to know what to trust. To keep things simple for you, keep reading to see our comprehensive list of dermatologist-approved foods you can begin inputting into your diet for an au naturale beauty routine!

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Image via Calorie Secrets

For a Lively Complexion

A natural, dewy look is all the rage right now and we're loving it! Instead of promoting cakey, unrealistic makeup looks or over-damaged hair styles, the beauty industry has geared its focus toward a healthier surface first. Meaning, your skin and hair need to be "in shape" first so that you're able to feel your best self from within, without any makeup or styling at all. For a smooth, plump, and revitalized look, add Paprika, Turmeric, and Walnuts into your diet. Seasoning meats and hearty dishes with paprika, throwing a dash of turmeric (anti-inflammatory antioxidants) into your smoothies, and walnuts (Vitmain E and fatty acids) into your salads create the perfect, delicious dose of both health and beauty benefits!

Oils & Avocados for Dry Skin

If you have classically dry hair or skin, it can mean many things: dehydration, over-washing, highly acidic product use, etc. While we recommend changing up your overall face/hair wash and water-intake routines, there are certain foods that can restore both with the moisture and TLC they need. Order that extra guac and implement nuts as a daily snack for just enough Vitamin E and healthy fatty oils! They go deep and restore the building blocks (the cells) of both hair and skin, giving you a natural remedy for curing dry skin. 

Ginger Rules All

No matter what type of remedy you're looking for, the first thing we're likely to recommend is ginger! The vitamin Bs, riboflavin, and zinc properties in ginger make for an all around dynamic food. With it's many antioxidants, it reduces inflammation, improves elasticity which adds shine, evens skin tone, and reduces & prevents radical damage. The list truly goes on and on! Add it easily to your diet through teas, smoothies, hot water remedies, stir frys, and baked goods.

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Image via Plant Origin

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Vitamin A & Cinnamon for Oily Skin

Who says carbs can't be good for you? With just enough Vitamin A, foods like sweet potatoes and carrots can help you eat your way to less oily hair and skin. They've been known to treat acne specifically and help balance out the amount of oils in the skin. A huge proponent in regulating the oils in skin and hair is through circulation and blood flow. Spices like cinnamon come to the rescue of those with oily skin and hair, as it helps oils get "back on track". Include it in things like baked goods, coffee & tea, smoothies, and oatmeal. 

Legumes & Seeds for All Around Growth

To give your hair and skin the strength it needs, focus on getting more protein and iron into your diet. Legumes, chia seeds, and flax seeds are known for their protein, fiber, and omega-3 properties that help give all-around TLC to the body. It not only restores hair and skin with these main benefits, it gives it a full-bodied, strong look and foundation. While you can sprinkle chia and flax seeds in almost any dish or beverage, implement legumes through soups, veggie burgers, or a bean relish.

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Image via Inspiyr

Greens & Berries for Preventative Care

When you think about preventative skin care, you may think it's just to prevent the look of aging and wrinkles. Including foods like berries and spinach into your diet (strong sources of Vitamin B, C, and E), not only helps to prevent wrinkle formation, they can also help prevent disease. They're both packed with antioxidants that help protect your skin and hair from the damage they go through on a daily basis. Implement them into your diet through breakfast dishes, salads, or snacks. 

What you put into your body shows in its overall performance. You're less likely to run a successful mile after eating a large-fry, and things like your skin, hair, and nails are much less likely to shine and grow to their full potential. Treating your skin and hair in a natural way can be done subtly through your diet and controlling what goes on inside your body. Getting the right vitamins and minerals with these foods is the best way to start!

Did your favorite foods makes the list? Share your natural beauty remedies with us in the comments below!