Summer is usually a time where most of us opt for minimal makeup or no makeup at all. Your skin needs time to breathe (and show off that tan). Rocking no make-up is all about your confidence and comfort level. On the other hand… when you’ve got healthy, blemish-free, glowing skin, you’re going to WANT to show it off.

There’s no secret to skincare, not really. The secret is to play with a variety of products until you find what works. Before you move on to products though, beautiful skin starts from the inside.

I’m sure you’ve heard it all from your dermatologist, doctor, and a thousand other bloggers – but diet makes a HUGE difference in your skin. If you’re sensitive to junk food, that’s something you have to address. For the most part though, it’s not a matter of cutting stuff out. It’s a matter of eating the right foods when you do have a meal and trying to sneak in some vitamin-loaded goodies in between that.

Most importantly, before anything, make sure you’re drinking enough water. Water makes the difference in everything. Water affects everything, from your level of alertness to your skin.

So, here are 10 foods you can add to your meals to help maintain healthy skin:

Turmeric

Turmeric can have some fantastic results for acne-prone skin. Turmeric comes in capsule form if you don’t know how to cook with it, or need a more significant concentration of it. Otherwise, you can add the ground powder to your food, make tea with it, or even use it topically (just make sure it’s high-grade turmeric, often the grocery store kind has some yellow coloring and can tint your skin).

Turmeric is an effective anti-inflammatory, helps to heal wounds (like popped pimples helllo – relief), excellent for psoriasis, eczema, alopecia, and other skin and scalp issues. Adding a little to your food every day, or investing in the supplement version can really help clear up acne and acne scarring.

Kidney Beans

Kidney beans are super easy to add into your diet. Great cooked, in salads, in tacos, in soups… you can even make a dip with it. Your skin will thank you. Kidney beans are full of protein, potassium, magnesium, zinc and a host of other things that help your skin heal properly, produce healthy new cells, and helps circulate blood flow, improving your complexion.

Almonds

Almonds are chock full of something that’s absolutely vital to good skin… vitamin E! You can use vitamin E oil topically as well, they sell it in dropper bottles for moisturizing and treating skin. 

Almonds also have that all-important protein your skin (and body!) needs to stay strong. Finally, almonds contain the right kind of fat, like avocados, which helps your skin stay moisturized.

Skin is super sensitive, and it’s the first place that symptoms of vitamin and diet-deficiences show up. Chances are, improving your diet will also improve your skin. Adding the right fats, proteins, and vitamins can make a big difference. Remember, that it also takes a while for skin to adapt. So if you make changes to your diet, you have to do it consistently, at least for three weeks to a month.

Once you start to see the results of proper nutrition in your skin, you won’t want to go back!