It's been a hot minute since I've seen a commercial on TV about Proactive. But believe it or not, people still struggle with acne and pimple-prone skin. While spending hundreds of dollars on products that are full of chemicals in hopes to clear your complexion is tempting, an easier way to to help rid your face of bumps and pus is to eat and drink the right foods.
Ever since I've become a (primarily) raw vegan, I've noticed my skin starting to clear up. Sure, I'll get the occasional breakout if I've been stressed or too lazy to wash my makeup off before a sweat sesh, but other than that my I have felt confident with my bare face. There have been a few foods that I've noticed contribute a great amount to glowing skin, and I'm here to share my favorites with you! Not only are they affordable, but they're all vegan! I stand firmly behind the fact that you will never fully love your skin until you adopt a plant-based diet (because dairy is SO bad for your pores, among other things). But I'm not going to preach on veganism in this article, instead, enjoy my favorite foods that promote a healthy complexion.
eat these foods
1. APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
I'd be lying if I said I didn't do shots every morning. Because the truth is, I take shots daily—of apple cider vinegar, that is. If you didn't already know, ACV is a natural detoxifier and works wonders for your metabolism and digestion. But even more-so, this vinegar is great for improving problem skin. To be completely honest, I did zero research when I first heard that ACV was good for clearing skin. I had just returned from Iceland and my skin was all sorts of horrible, and figuring that apple cider vinegar couldn't harm my body I decided to start taking morning shots of the drink. And low-and-behold a few days later my skin was clear and looked uber refreshed. After the product worked wonders on my skin, I decided to do a little bit of research in order to explain to others the great news--this $3 bottle of vinegar was indeed a miracle worker!
my apple cider vinegar shot recipe:
- 2 tablespoons of raw, organic, apple cider vinegar with the 'Mother'
- 1 tablespoon of filtered water
- juice of 1/2 a lemon (optional)
2. NUTS, NUTS, & MORE NUTS!
I have a confession. At the beginning of the school year I started off with 4 large jars of nut butter, and now almost 5-months-later I have none left. Another confession? I had purchased several nut butters and bags of nuts in addition to the 4 I started off with--I'm freaking obsessed with nuts and nut butter! It took me a while to learn, but I've realized that these healthy fats are essential for healthy and radiant skin. And no, I don't mean processed oils (see #3), but whole, raw, oils such as avocados, nuts, nut butter, seeds, and coconut. Healthy fats are full of Omega-3's and Omega-6's. These two linoleic fatty acids help rebuild and nourish the cell membranes in your skin to create a hydrated and radiant complexion. I noticed that the more raw nut butter and nuts I incorporate into my diet, the less breakouts and dryness I have.
3. ANYTHING BUT OIL
Oil-free hummus? Yes! Oil-free dressings? Of course! Oil-free roasting? You bet! There are many people who believe that oils aren't bad for you, but I beg to differ. I used to cook a ton with coconut and avocado oils, and I wouldn't care if the dressings and sauces I was incorporating into my diet were full of processed oils (all oils are processed because oil is not the original form. How do you think coconut and avocado oils are made? From taking the whole plant and processing the oils out!). While I was still eating a vegan diet, I was confused as to why I felt lethargic and why my skin was constantly uneven, blemished, and oily. After doing some of my own research and listening to what others had to say about a primarily oil-free diet, I decided to try it for myself. I've been primarily oil-free for about a year-and-a-half now, and my skin has never looked better!
4. RAW CHOCOLATE
Surprised? Don't be! Chocolate is one of my guilty pleasures, which is shocking especially as someone who absolutely despised chocolate growing up. For a year now, I have been loving dark chocolate, the higher percentage of cacao the better! While some of you may think that chocolate causes acne--because that was the information we were fed right before diving into our halloween trick-or-treating baskets—it's not. The real culprit? Sugar! Yes, I'm aware that most mainstream chocolatiers use refined sugars in their products (Hershey, I'm looking at you!), but if you take the time to find brands that are either raw or use unrefined sugars then you're in the clear to indulge. Some of my favorite chocolate brands that won't cause your skin to suffer are: Eating Evolved (their coconut butter cups are 10/10), Hu Chocolate, and Go Raw (their mint flavored chocolate literally tastes like a Girl Scout Peppermint Patty—it's unreal).
Have you ever experienced problem skin? What helped give you a clear complexion? Let me know in the comments below! Also, if you plan on trying any of my tips, let me know! I'd love to know if they worked for you.