It is estimated that 60 million people in the United States suffer from a form of acne. This ranges from incredibly serious to mundane cases. Almost half of individuals with acne (that’s 30 million for those playing along at home) are self-conscious about their skin and will even avoid going out because of it.

Luckily, you don’t have to go to the dermatologist to start improving your skin. Good old Mother Nature has hundreds of fruits, veggies, minerals, and vitamins that will help naturally clear your skin and give it a glowing look.

Keep reading for the top four natural foods you can use for skincare today!  

Strawberries

Packed with more vitamin C than most other fruits (we’re looking at you oranges), strawberries help keep your skin youthful and fresh. This is thanks to vitamin C’s strong antioxidant properties, which help fight free radicals that lead to collagen loss. Such loss leads to fine lines, wrinkles, and dryer, older looking skin.

Strawberries are also pretty great for your skin because you have more than one way to use them. Sure, you can have a few as a snack or throw them in the blender and have a smoothie. You can also put it right on your face!Strawberry masks give you all the benefits of vitamin C, but applied directly to your skin. Pretty cool!

Pumpkins

Pumpkins are what we like to call a miracle vegetable. Not only do they make just about any food or drink better (pumpkin spice!) and not only are they Halloween mainstays, but they’re packed to the brim with all sorts of seriously healthy vitamins and minerals.

Pumpkins contain vitamins A and C, which are both powerful antioxidants. They contain zinc, which improves skin tone, reduces the size of pores, regulates oil production, and helps your body produce new skin cells. The takeaway here is that pumpkins make your skin holistically healthier, from its appearance right down to its internal workings.

Green Tea

Much like strawberries and pumpkins, green tea is rich in antioxidants, specifically polyphenols, catechins, and EGCG (epigallocatechin-gallate). These are all wonder nutrients that fight free radicals and keep your skin glowing.EGCG in particular is magic for your skin. It helps boost your body’s collagen production and has been shown to play a role in reducing LDL cholesterol (that’s the bad one).

Green tea is also a very powerful natural skincare aid because you can use it in many different ways. Want to make a hot cup on a cold day? You can! Want to mix in some citrus juice to make it a delicious antioxidant powerhouse? You can. Want to put some damp teabags on your eyes to reduce puffiness and leave your skin silky smooth? Go ahead!

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are another vitamin-rich choice for natural skincare. These red and rad fruits are saturated in vitamins A, B1, B3, B5, B6, B7, C, and K. We’ve already explored the antioxidant properties of vitamins A and C, but you definitely want to mix in a healthy dose of B and K.

Nicotinamide, derived from Niacin (vitamin B3), helps your skin retain moisture.Vitamin K helps to heal bruises quicker, get rid of bags under your eyes, reduce redness or inflammation, and even strengthen your skin.

Tomatoes are also rich in lycopene, an antioxidant that has anti-aging properties. To get the full benefit of lycopene, we recommend you take some pulp and put it on your face. This sounds a bit more messy or “icky” than a strawberry face mask, but it’s 100% worth it. Not only will you get the lycopene, but you’ll also help decrease the size of your pores and prevent pimples.

It’s safe to say tomatoes have abundant sources of what will make your skin absolutely glow!

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