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How to Get Glowing Skin: 5 Things to Eat and Drink

With sunshine peeking its head around the corner and warmer temps on their way, who has time for thick moisturizers and caked-on foundation? Getting glowing skin isn't just about expertly covering acne or using moisturizer, but rather it is beauty from the inside out. We've rounded up the best foods to help you eat and drink your way to a perfect complexion just in time for summer.

Water: The easiest way to guarantee glowing skin year-round is to drink plenty of high quality H2O. Skin that is not hydrated is dry, wrinkly, and with veins that protrude from the skin. Your skin needs moisture in order to be healthy, and water provides the hydration it craves. J.J. Virgin, certified fitness and nutrition specialist and author of The Virgin Diet Cookbook, advises drinking half your weight in ounces of water daily—it'll do your body and your beauty good.

Fruit: The next best thing you could give your skin is fruit. Dr. Dian Griesel, coauthor of TurboCharged: Accelerate Your Fat Burning Metabolism, Get Lean Fast and Leave Diet and Exercise Rules in the Dust, explains that "fruit is a drug delivery system for getting water to cells." Eating two to five pieces of fruit per day ensures that the skin cells become hydrated and you'll achieve glowing skin.

Vitamins: The vitamins you gain from eating healthy food are what improve the quality and coloring of your skin. According to Dr. Caroline J. Cederquist, medical director of bistroMD, "Vitamin C promotes collagen synthesis, which is vital to skin elasticity and helps to ward off wrinkles." Peppers, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, and mango are foods containing high levels of Vitamin C. Having enough Vitamin A, C, and E in your diet is essential for healthy skin.

Lean Protein: Your skin, nails, and hair are made up of amino acids, and getting your daily intake is essential for youthful, vibrant skin, Cederquist urges. In Virgin's book, she recommends grass-fed beef, wild-caught fish, and chicken. Griesel explains that skin that lacks color is iron-deficient and introducing red meat will lead to a rosier, more vibrant complexion.

Carbohydrates: If acne and redness are skin issues you suffer from, lower your intake of such inflammatory foods as sugar and gluten. Healthy carbohydrates should contain fiber and complex starches. Virgin and Cederquist suggest omega-3– rich plant foods, vegetables, legumes, sweet potatoes, and whole grain bread. Eating low amounts of simple carbohydrates will lead to less wrinkles and skin atrophy and will increase the likelihood of glowing skin.

Shannon Bauer

Shannon Bauer is a fashion and beauty writer and editorial intern at She just graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor's degree in Creative Apparel Design and is still learning how to be an "adult". Shannon is a mascara hoarder and lipstick enthusiast.

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