Think beauty products are the only way to care for your skin? Think again! According to Jolene Hart, beauty and health coach and author of the Eat Pretty book series, they’re not even the most powerful way to care for your skin. “Topical products can only do so much to change your skin,” Hart says. “Real change happens from the inside, in the way your body performs and the nutrients it has to nourish your body and beauty.”
With that in mind, we’re on a beauty mission to discover all the ways you can care for your skin without touching a single beauty product. From incorporating anti-aging foods into your diet to giving beauty-enhancing supplements a try, keep reading for some of the most effective ways to care for your skin, sans product.
1. Change your diet
As Hart mentioned, one of the most effective ways — read: the most effective way — to change your skin is to change your diet. As your body’s largest organ, your skin needs hydration and nourishment to not just look great, but to function properly, too. After all, when you look good, you feel good (literally).
According to Hart, these are the fruits and veggies you need to help detox, brighten, fight aging, clear acne, and nourish dry skin:
- Detox: Leafy greens (think: kale and spinach), asparagus, and cilantro
- Brighten: Pumpkin, lemon, and beets
- Clear skin: Sweet potato, fermented foods (think: sauerkraut and kimchi), and pumpkin seeds
- Anti-aging: Turmeric, blueberries, and raw cacao
- Dry skin: Raw nuts and seeds, wild salmon, and mushrooms
In addition, you may also want to consider incorporating cinnamon into your diet — especially if you have a sweet tooth (this includes fruit lovers). In Hart’s books, Eat Pretty: Nutrition for Beauty Inside and Out, and Eat Pretty Every Day, she explains how “cinnamon naturally moderates the wrinkle-promoting blood sugar spike that occurs when you eat high glycemic foods.” In addition, cinnamon is extremely high in antioxidants that slow the aging process in the skin and prevent blemishes and redness. What’s more? One of its phytochemicals can actually block “a key wrinkle-forming process in the body.” Long story short: Eat more cinnamon.