The Good Skin Diet

The top 10 pantry staples to get a glowing complexion, one bite (or sip) at a time.


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Greek Yogurt, Blueberries, Walnuts & Honey

The Good Skin Diet Yogurt Blueberries Walnuts Honey March 2018

Photos by Romulo Yanes

Photos by Romulo Yanes

→  Greek yogurt

Probiotics do more than just heal your gut, says Whitney Bowe, NY-based dermatologist and author of The Beauty of Dirty Skin. They boost the production of ceramides (healthy fats in skin) and aid with recovery from exposure to UV rays.

→  Blueberries

Among berries, these have some of the highest amounts of antioxidants, giving protection against free-radical damage from pollution and the sun, says Joanna Vargas, facialist-to-the-stars and founder of Joanna Vargas Salon and Skincare Collection.

→  Walnuts

A high concentration of vitamin E (a powerful antioxidant) helps skin stay smooth and plump, says Bowe.

→  Honey

Natural sweeteners are much better for skin than artificial ones, says Bowe. The latter can also cause a hormonal imbalance, leading to inflammation. Honey is an especially sweet choice because it’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.


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Bonus Products

Good Skin Diet Superfoods Products

Find these superfoods in your face and body products too.

Greek yogurt Korres Yoghurt Body Butter, korresusa.com, $31

Blueberries SkinCeuticals A.G.E. Eye Complex, skinceuticals.com, $97, and Yes to Superblueberries Recharging Super Eye Mask, ulta.com, $3.

Walnuts OleHenriksen Transforming Walnut Scrub, olehenriksen.com, $28

Honey Jergens Nourishing Honey Dry Skin Moisturizer, drugstores, $6, and Farmacy Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Mask, sephora.com, $56


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Kale, Avocado & Citrus Fruits

The Good Skin Diet Kale Avocado Citrus Fruits March 2018

Photo by Romulo Yanes

Photo by Romulo Yanes

→  Kale

The darker the green, the better, says Bobbi Brown, founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics and new lifestyle company Beauty Evolution. Kale is packed with vitamins (A, B, C and K) and beta carotene, which increases cell turnover, tightens and detoxifies.

→  Avocado

Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation, says Vargas. They also help create a strong, protective skin barrier.

→  Citrus fruits

Anything with vitamin C is very beneficial, says Brown. It reduces dark spots, helps with collagen production and brightens overall skin tone.


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Bonus Products

superfood products

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Photo by Romulo Yanes

Find these superfoods in your face and body products too.

Avocado Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, kiehls.com, $29, and Freeman Feeling Beautiful Purifying Avocado + Oatmeal Clay Mask, ulta.com, $4

Kale Eminence Citrus & Kale Potent C+E Masque, eminenceorganics.com, $70, and Youth To The People Age Prevention Moisture Cream, sephora.com, $48

Citrus fruits Neutrogena Oil-Free Cleansing Wipes-Pink Grapefruit, neutrogena.com, $8, and Murad Essential-C Cleanser, murad.com, $38


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Cacao, Pumpkin & Matcha Tea

The Good Skin Diet Matcha Tea Pumpkin Cacao March 2018

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Photo by Romulo Yanes

→  Pumpkin

The enzymes smooth out imperfections to deliver a luminous glow, says Vargas. Brown also loves that the seeds are a good source of zinc.

→  Cacao

Chocolate for your skin? Yes, really, as long as it’s dark (70% cacao or higher). The polyphenols repair damaged skin and restore elasticity, says Sylwia Wiesenberg, founder and visionary of DOPE Naturally and Tonique Fitness.

→  Matcha tea

It’s loaded with antioxidants, which “act like Pac-Man and chomp up free radicals from the environment before they can penetrate into skin,” says Bowe.


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Bonus Products

superfood products

Photo by Romulo Yanes

Photo by Romulo Yanes

Find these superfoods in your face and body products too.

Cacao Perricone MD Cocoa Moisture Mask, perriconemd.com, $69, and Fresh Cocoa Body Exfoliant, fresh.com, $45

Pumpkin Too Cool for School Pumpkin Sleeping Pack, sephora.com, $20, and PCA Skin Nutrient Toner, pcaskin.com, $35 

Matcha tea Origins RitualiTea Matcha Madness Revitalizing Powder Face Mask, origins.com, $36, and H2O+ Aquadefense Shielding Matcha Facial Essence, ulta.com, $42


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Got a Skin Problem? There's a Diet to Combat It

Good Skin Diet Boiled Eggs

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Photo by Romulo Yanes

Fine lines & wrinkles?

Eat this:

Protein (fish, eggs, beef and chicken) has amino acids, which are the building blocks of collagen in the skin. Celery and cucumber both contain silica, which boosts moisture and elasticity.

Not that:

White bread, pasta, dried fruits—high-glycemic or sugar-laden foods can create inflammation.


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Eat This, Not That

Good Skin Chart

Look for your skin issue to determine how you might change your diet.


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Beauty Books

Good Skin Diet Books

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Photo by Romulo Yanes

For more inside-out lifestyle advice, take a page from one of these books.

The Beauty of Dirty Skin
By Whitney Bowe

Learn all about the human microbiome and what Bowe calls the “healthy bugs” we need for a glowing complexion.

The Beauty Chef: Delicious Food for Radiant Skin, Gut Health and Wellbeing 
By Carla Oates

Over 150 delicious gluten- and dairy-free recipes (including healthy versions of spaghetti, pizza and fried chicken) that promote gut and skin health.

Eat Pretty, Live Well: A Guided Journal for Nourishing Beauty, Inside and Out
By Jolene Hart 

More than just a place to list your snacks, this easy-to-use guide includes informative overviews, checklists, Q&As, goal-setting guidance and more to put your beauty nutrition know-how into practice.