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A Nutritionist's Favorite Foods for Getting Happy Skin

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Dark leafy greens have both vitamin A and vitamin C, making them basically nature's vitamins.

We sat down with skin-focused nutritionist Maria Marlowe for a full interview. Here, she boils down the top five things on her grocery list for clear, healthy skin.


Flax seeds are loaded with anti-inflammatory omega-3, which can help bring down a blemish quickly, reduce redness, and speed the rate at which wounds heal.


They’re tiny, but hemp seeds contain a massive amount of protein, including the sulfur-bearing amino acids methionine, cysteine and cystine, which are used to build strong hair, nails, muscle, and skin. They are also high in omega-3, an essential nutrient that can help bring down the redness and swelling of blemishes and help prevent the formation of lines.


Dark leafy greens are nature’s multivitamin, so it’s no surprise that they contain the very nutrients your skin needs. They are off-the-charts in Vitamin A, which is needed for blemish-free skin, and Vitamin C, which is needed for wrinkle-free skin. Greens are also a good source of sulfur, which plays a key role in a gorgeous, clear complexion.


Radishes contain a number of minerals and compounds that benefit the skin, including sulfur, silicon, and Vitamin C. These nutrients work together to create glowing skin by boosting collagen, strengthening the skin and stimulating the circulatory system.


Matcha has been found to help lower stress (a common trigger of breakouts) hormones in the body and additionally provides a variety of powerful antioxidants which protect our health and slow down age-related decline, both physically and mentally.

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