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You are what you eat, so brighten up!
by Katie |  Sep 18, 2012

You've probably heard the expression that "you are what you eat." Well, when you look down at your dinner plate, what do you see? Is it bright and vibrant, or greasy and dull? As it turns out, what you see on your plate might be a pretty accurate depiction of what is on your face.

Even if your plates aren't tiny mirrors, they can reflect the health of your skin. That's right, you really are what you eat - especially when it comes to your skin. You may not want to look like a bunch of spinach or a slice of salmon, but these foods are some of the best for making your skin look its best and brightest. Look on the bright side with these skin-brightening foods!

Tall, dark and leafy
This and other dark, leafy greens are among the best and brightest when it comes to improving your skin. Because it's loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, spinach is a key player in skin health. It's MVV (most valuable vitamin, duh!) is vitamin A, which supports healthy moisture retention in your skin.

Stock up on the C
C is for citrus, and grapefruits boast the highest levels of vitamin C of this family. C is also for collagen, the proteins in the skin that keep it healthy, smooth and glowing. Coincidentally, vitamin C is necessary to produce collagen in the skin, so stocking up on grapefruits or grapefruit juice may be a good way to promote smooth, supple skin. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant that fights off free radicals that can cause all sorts of negative, dulling effects on the skin.

'Whoa'-mega 3s
Salmon and other types of fish are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are one of the most nourishing components for the skin. Omega-3 fatty acids boost the production of collagen and help with skin formation, so you will literally be glowing from the inside out. If you're a vegetarian, reach for walnuts and flaxseed for your omega-3 source.

Carrots and peaches and pumpkins oh my!
You gotta love the bright orange hue of carrots, sweet potatoes, peaches, apricots and carrots, but you'll like it even better when it's on your face. No, no, step away from the blender - it's not smearing these fruits on your face that will brighten it up, but rather eating them.

The same beta-carotene that gives this produce its color has been found to brighten up your complexion, according to Time Magazine. While you won't look like a pumpkinhead, a 2012 study by researchers at the University of St. Andrews School of Psychology in Scotland found perceptible differences in skin tone among the Caucasian participants who ate these fruits and veggies.

Are you blushing, or is that just the red veggies you ate?
The same study that found orange fruits and veggies brightened up complexions also found that red produce had a brightening effect, too. The researchers noted an association between red peppers, tomatoes and watermelon and an improved complexion, likely caused by the lycopene in these fruits and vegetables. Like beta-carotene, lycopene is a carotenoid, another compound in produce that gives it its vibrant hues. And, just like the orange produce, these healthy snacks work to make your skin look healthy and bright, kind of like natural blush and bronzer!

It kind of goes without saying that eating a diet filled with these skin superfoods will make you feel brighter and lighter - something that will surely be reflected on your shining face!

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