A physician, a dermatologist, and an esthetician walk into a grocery store--what’s on their shopping list? We asked Dr. Frank Lipman, physician of integrative and functional medicine (and wellness guru to Gwyneth Paltrow); board-certified dermatologist Dr. Susan Stuart; and Joanna Vargas, facialist to Michelle Williams and Emma Stone, for their take. The experts agree: choosing the right foods will actually give you more radiant, clear, and youthful-looking skin. According to Dr. Lipman, replacing foods like dairy, gluten, and sugar with foods on this list can deliver better skin in only two weeks! Vargas has seen the benefits firsthand: “I’ve seen clients who have had acne their whole lives stop breaking out when they changed their diet,” she says. Keep reading for their recommendations. Try adding in a few servings a day to get results.
All berries are high in antioxidants like vitamin C, but blueberries have the highest content in the bunch. “Foods rich in antioxidants like blueberries and leafy greens will help the body eliminate toxins and clear up the skin,” says Dr. Lipman.
Kale may be trendy right now, but it’s not the only leafy green you should eat! Anything dark--like spinach, collards, broccoli, and Swiss chard--is high in vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients to help eliminate toxins in your skin, says Dr. Lipman.
“Omega-3s from wild salmon and walnuts help keep skin supple and youthful,” says Dr. Lipman. According to Dr. Stuart these fatty acids--also found in flax seeds and fish oil--help your cells retain moisture.
Whole grains are superior to refined carbs in many ways--including their impact on skin. Grains like quinoa or 7 or 9-grain bread are high in selenium, an antioxidant that helps control cell damage, according to Dr. Stuart.
Need a caffeine boost? Replace coffee or soda with tea for its anti-inflammatory benefits. Vargas instructs her clients to drink mate or green tea, both high in antioxidants. Try Kusmi Tea Detox ($20), a blend of both leaves.
“Vitamin E protects skin cells from UV light and other environmental factors that generate cell-damaging free radicals,” says Dr. Stuart. The best sources of E are almonds, olive oil, and avocados.
It turns out cucumbers are good for more than just de-puffing eyes. “They’re high in silica, a mineral that boosts skin’s moisture and elasticity,” says Vargas.
Get a healthy dose of vitamin A by choosing orange fruits and veggies: the beta-carotene that gives sweet potatoes, pumpkins, carrots, and cantaloupe their hue is converted into vitamin A by your body. “If you don’t have enough vitamin A in your system, your sebaceous glands can produce excess lipids, causing pimples,” says Dr. Stuart.
Want to jump start your diet for better skin? Dr. Lipman will be taking over @wwwbeauty’s twitter today and giving away his two-week cleanse! Tweet in questions for Dr. Lipman using #FoodForSkin to be automatically entered to win! Then log onto Twitter today, July 18, at 1 PM PST to see the answers!