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I used to have rough skin with pimples and acne. No, I wasn’t proud of it. I suffered from the low self-esteem it brought me. One day my Mama told me something that hit the spot so hard. She said, ‘’your skin reflects what you eat’’.

Mom is a beautiful fair smooth-skinned woman with a serious regard for what goes into her mouth. She said that when you eat natural food you look natural on the outside.

I loved samosas, a deep-fried snack with a rough surface made of wheat and beef. When I contemplated what she said, I realized my skin was as rough as the samosas appeared. Glowing skin is something I dreamed of. A visit to a dermatologist confirmed Mama’s statement.  Since then, I switched to a natural diet that not only gave me a glowing skin but also boosted my self esteem and self confidence.

Here are the that replaced my poor diet.

  1. Water

Yes, you definitely expected this. Water is life to every part of your body including the skin. Dehydrated skin cannot glow. Matter of fact nothing else can help you glow without water in the equation. Before you do anything else, make sure you have taken a glass of water first. At least 2 to 3litress a day is what doctors recommend.

  1. Water minimizes wrinkles on the skin by keeping skin cells nourished.
  2. Water improves the skin complexion by curbing skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema.
  3. Water flushes out toxins and shrinks pores to prevent clogging. This in turn reduces acne.
  4. Water prevents dryness of the skin by keeping cells alive and nourished with minerals.
  5. Water facilitates blood circulation to the skin. Blood carries nutrients to the skin.
Drink water for glowing skin.
  • Avocado

Avocado contains healthy fats, vitamin C, and E which promote skin health and vitality. Some of the major benefits of avocado to the skin include:

  1. Improves skin elasticity with its healthy fats to reduce wrinkles.
  2. Minimizes breakouts with its microbial properties
  3. Prevents skin damage. Vitamin C and E contain oxidative properties which prevent skin damage from the sun.
  4. Prevents dry skin with the biotin in vitamin B complex it contains
Avocado
  • Fish

Fish like herring, salmon, tilapia, and mackerel contain omega 3 fatty acids which help the skin glow. The benefits include:

  1. Help to keep the skin thick and moisturized.
  2. The omega 3 fatty acids reduce inflammation which may cause acne.
  3. It also contains vitamin E which is an antioxidant.
  4. The nutrients in fish help in production of new skin cells to replace dead ones.
Fish is very nutritious to the skin
  • Citrus fruits

Next to water are citrus fruits. The benefits of citrus fruits are unlimited. Majorly, they contain vitamin C which fights free radicals in the body. Citrus fruits include lemons, oranges, mandarin, grapefruit, pomelo, tangerine. Below are other benefits.

  1. Help brighten the skin
  2. They remove dark spots and acne from the skin.
  3. Citrus fruits rejuvenate the skin and fight wrinkles.
  4. Citrus fruits, mainly lemon fight hyperpigmentation.
  5. They contain enzymes which remove dead skin cells.
  6. Citrus fruits tone the skin and make it smooth.
  7. The juice can be used for exfoliation and working an oily skin.
Various citrus fruits
  • Sweet potatoes

One food you should add to your diet is sweet potatoes. They contain various food nutrients that are not only beneficial to the entire body but also to the skin as well. Sweet potatoes contain vitamin C and E which are very crucial to skin health.  

  1. The vitamin C in sweet potatoes contains collagen which tightens the skin.
  2. The antioxidants in sweet potatoes give the skin a natural protection.
  3. Sweet potatoes contain anthocyanins which fights dark spots.
Street potatoes
  • Tomatoes

Tomatoes contain various minerals like vitamin A and B, potassium, and magnesium which greatly promote skin health. Eating tomatoes and applying them to your skin for 20minutes will give you that natural glow that no skincare product can bring you. The benefits include:

  1. Eating tomatoes gives you addition protection from skin damage from the sun.
  2. The minerals facilitate a speedy healing of wounds on the skin
  3. Tomatoes stimulate production of collagen which promotes skin firmness and thickness.
  4. Tomatoes also contain enzymes which remove dead skin cells.
  5. They also contain anti-aging properties.
Tomatoes
  • Broccoli

The plant I disliked in my child has turned up as one of my favorites for the last six years. At least twice a week on my menu. Broccoli contains a plethora of minerals like vitamins, C, K, A, B6, potassium, magnesium, folate, calcium, and phosphorus. For glowing skin broccoli is a must.

  1. Detoxifies Your Body to remove toxins that would affect you glowing skin.
  2. Broccoli contains cancer fighting abilities to prevent skin cancer.
  3. It also contains oxidative properties protecting the skin from free radicals.
Broccoli
  • Honey

You have definitely landed on several home remedies and DIYs on the internet recommending honey. It is because of its rich properties on the skin. Honey eaten and applied on the skin will give you that skin glow you desire. It has antioxidants, antibacterial and antiseptic properties. It provides the skin both protection and a natural glow. Other benefits include

  1. Gives a deep moisturizing of the skin.
  2. Lightens scars.
  3. Acts as an exfoliator.
  4. Minimizes sun burns.
  5. Brightens the skin complexion
  6. Fights acne and pimples.
  7. Helps reduce the wrinkles and hydrates the skin
Honey
  • Egg white

Apart from being a source of proteins that help in building body cells including those of the skin, egg white has other benefits to the skin.

The food helps tighten the skin and make it firm in case of aging skin.

Egg white helps close large pores and remove build-up in case of acne-prone skin.

Egg whites clarify pores and hair follicles for oily skin.

Boiled eggs
  1.  Green tea

A must-have in your glowing skin toolbox. Green tea, a derivation from the Camellia sinensis plant, has a lot of benefits for the skin to give you that celebrity skin glow. Here are some of them.

  1. It has anti-aging properties.
  2. Treats oily skin
  3. Clears clogged pores
  4. Reduces puffiness.
Green tea
  • Nuts and seeds

Nuts and seeds are rich in a lot of minerals that are good for skin health to give you a natural glow. The nuts include walnuts, almonds, groundnuts, etc. the seeds include chia seeds and pumpkin seeds.

  1. Nuts and seeds promote cell regeneration.
  2. They contain both anti-cancer and anti-aging properties.
  3. They also contain oxidative properties that fight acne and remove free radicals.
Nuts and seeds
  1. Green vegetables.

Green leafy vegetables are one of the main foods you should have in your kitchen refrigerator. The juice blended from them gives you a direct absorption of nutrients like vitamins, magnesium, phosphorus, etc, which contribute to skin health giving you glowing and healthy skin. The leafy vegetables include spinach, cabbage, arugula, kale, parsley, etc.

The benefits include.

  1. Cell regeneration
  2. Immunity from skin infections and conditions.
  3. Anti-cancer and antioxidative properties.
  4. Removal of dark spots for a clear complexion.
Vegetables

A bonus for your skin glowing menu, turmeric, berries, low-fat milk.

Conclusion: glowing skin does not only bring you high self-esteem but also makes you look more confident in public. It is heartbreaking to have skin that makes people look at you with pity. We all want to be the source of inspiration in all things good including skin health. Glowing skin is one thing that will make people look at you in admiration. It will make you look and feel good. However, it takes discipline and sacrifice. You have to be stronger than your cravings for junk food and other unhealthy foods. For the fact that you have read this far, your desire for glowing skin is obvious. Believe me, it is possible. Go do that shopping, stick to your diet, avoid stress and work out. Then you will see how your skin shades off all those things that stop it from glowing. I wish you a happy skin glow.