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Eat and Drink Your Way to Flawless Summer Skin

Jun 22 2014 - 11:00am

This is a guest post written by Alexis Wolfer, editor in chief of The Beauty Bean [1] and author of the new book The Recipe For Radiance: Discover Beauty's Best-Kept Secrets in Your Kitchen [2].

Think eating for beauty means nibbling on rabbit food in a never-ending quest to lose just . . . one . . . more . . . pound? Think again. As an eating disorder so profoundly taught me, you really are you what you eat. And as I say in my book, you don't want to be sugar-free Jell-O (or iceberg lettuce)! Instead, here are five rules for eating for beauty. For more, you'll have to order The Recipe For Radiance: Discover Beauty's Best-Kept Secrets in Your Kitchen.

Load Up on Vitamin A

Struggling with breakouts or seeing the first signs of fine lines and wrinkles? Load up on vitamin A-rich foods like sweet potatoes and carrots. The same vitamin is the base of your acne-fighting and antiaging retinol products that you apply topically, and it similarly helps to encourage cell turnover when eaten, too.

Drink Lots of Water

You've heard it before, but I'll say it again: drink up! Your skin is the first place to show the effects of dehydration. If you're not drinking enough water (aim for half your body weight in ounces per day), your skin will look dull and sallow. You'll even look older and be more prone to breakouts. Pro tip: add lemon to your water to raise the pH and boost hydration even more.

Eat More Fat

Listen up ladies: fat doesn't make you fat. In fact, you need fat in order to burn fat. But, that's beside the point (when we're talking about eating for beauty, anyway). Here's what you need to know about fat and your face: all those beauty-boosting vitamins you're now loading up on need fat in order to work their magic. So next time you're preparing lunch, make sure to drizzle coconut oil on your grilled vegetables or olive oil on your salad.

Chew Your Food

Digestion starts in your mouth, and unless you chew completely (think: liquid in your mouth – gross, I know!), your body is going to have to work harder to break down your meals and is less likely to absorb all its wholesome goodness.

Make It Easy

Eating for beauty isn't about abstaining from all your favorites. Heck, nothing puts frown lines on a face faster than fretting about what you "can't" eat. Rather, eating for beauty isn't about rules at all! Instead, it's about making healthier choices when you can, swapping out some ingredients to make your go-to recipes healthier and indulging when you want to!

Love PB&J? Try almond butter instead. Noodles your vibe? Try buckwheat or brown rice noodles. Feel a chocolate craving strike? Whip up a batch of the Raw Brownie Batter Pudding in The Recipe For Radiance for a beauty-boosting chocolate indulgence you'll never believe is healthy! It should be fun, delicious, and easy.

For all of Alexis's best DIY [3] recipes, order The Recipe For Radiance on Amazon [4] now.

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