“Beauty comes from within” – you must have heard this before and thought that it refers to your non-physical qualities, right? While that is true, there is also another interpretation for this old saying: even outer beauty can come from within. In other words, what you eat can be clearly seen on your face.

Remember how your mom used to say you needed to stop eating chocolate or you will have an acne flare? Aside from chocolate, there are a bunch of foods and drinks that can have a negative impact on the way your skin looks like: potato chips, too much red meat, sugary foods, sodas, too much alcohol. Now that autumn is here and winter is knocking at the door, we need to focus on our diet even more than during summer if we want to keep our natural skin glow and healthy look.

Without further ado, check out the top five foods that you should add to your daily diet if you want to brighten your skin even in the dullest-looking autumn days:

  1. Carrots

Carrots are jam-packed with vitamin A, which is a great aid in the anti-aging process. In a nutshell, this wonderful vitamin supports the growth of new, young and vibrant skin cells to replace the old, flaky one – that’s why carrots are essential especially during the cold seasons. However, be careful! As always, moderation is key, since eating too many carrots can actually turn your skin orange.

  1. Sesame seeds

OK, these are not exactly staple food, but the good news is that you can pretty much sprinkle them on anything, from salads to main courses and even deserts. Why would you do such a thing? Well, because sesame seeds are an excellent source of zinc, a great antioxidant that protects your skin from the free radicals in the atmosphere and preserves its youthful look. Better yet, zinc is excellent from protecting your skin from UV radiations (which, as you know, happens during the cold seasons, too). Other foods that contain high amounts of zinc and can brighten your skin are oysters, green peas and lamb.

  1. Oranges

Aside from being delicious, oranges are also filled with vitamin C, which literally makes your skin glow. Here’s how it happens: as you get older, your skin becomes dull and spotty mostly because of exposure to the sun. Vitamin C is one of the most potent antioxidants to help you fight the damage caused by sunlight exposure. Don’t limit yourself to just oranges; try lemons and limes, kiwi and raspberries — they can brighten your skin, too!

  1. Fish

Fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which aren’t just great for your skin, but for your cardiovascular system, as well. These fatty acids feed your skin cells with proper nutrients and thus help them look healthy, young and radiant. You can choose any fish you want and, if vegan food is more your speed, aim for flax or chia seeds.


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