The One Food a Skincare Guru Would Add to Your Diet for an "Otherworldly Glow"

Kaitlyn McLintock

In the early days of university, whenever my skin had taken a hit from my less than healthy habits—whether that was my insatiable appetite for coffee, my tendency to stay up all night studying, or my horrible eating habits—I would reach for a cold-pressed beet juice. Sure it tasted nothing like my daily double shot latte, but I still sipped it, because I swore by its glow-inducing effects on my skin.

Turns out, I was on to something. It’s no secret that certain foods enhance your complexion; research and real-life testimonials alike prove a relation between eating well and clear, smooth skin. 

Take it from Carla Oates. She was a beauty editor who recognised the power of nutrient-rich skincare ingredients, setting her in motion to become The Beauty Chef that she is today. Her company provides natural supplements and products to boost both inner and outer beauty. Recently, she opened up to Well + Good about the best food to eat for that dewy, pearlescent complexion we all lust for (sans highlighter). Keep reading to find out which food is specifically Beauty Chef recommended!



Drumroll, please? Oates recommends eating more cruciferous vegetables. She swears these vegetables are a natural "internal skin moisturiser that supercharge your inner beauty routine." 

So which specific veggies fall under this category, you ask? Think hefty greens like broccoli, brussels sprouts, bok choy, cabbage, and cauliflower. Oh, and yes, buzzy superfood-of-the-century, kale, is also included in the list. All of these vegetable offerings are incredibly nutrient-rich. As Oates says, "They’re amazing for your skin—they have sulphur-containing compounds, which help clarify your complexion, help the body detoxify properly, and they’re super high in a range of antioxidants and compounds that are good for you."

The only downfall is that, sometimes, these types of vegetables can prove too rough for some people's digestive systems and cause belly bloat. Oates has some advice for that, too. "To make them easier to digest, I recommend cooking them or fermenting them," she say. "Often people find once they’ve balanced their digestive systems, they tolerate these group of veggies much better.” Probiotics help, too

So, you heard it from the Beauty Chef first. Do your skin a favour today and make sure your meals are partly cruciferous. Your skin will surely thank you. 

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