Radiant Skin Diet: Yummy Recipes for a Glowing Complexion

Trying to get radiant skin?

If you’ve been spending hundreds of dollars on lotions and creams and still don’t like what you see when you look in the mirror, it’s time to stop blaming your beauty products and start taking a look at your diet. 

Red spots, acne, and signs of aging all come from inflammation and oxidation in the environment, and there’s only one way to stop them, and it starts from within. 

In this article, you’ll learn:

  • Why your anti-aging skincare products are making you look OLDER
  • The secret the beauty care industry doesn’t want you to know
  • How the toxins in your diet are rapidly damaging and aging your skin
  • Why detoxing your skin through diet is the only way to turn back the clock
  • The one “skincare” product you need that never touches your skin

Beauty Starts From Within

It’s not just a pithy saying; the health of your skin is a reflection of what you put in your body, and beauty truly does start from within.

You could use all the best products on the market, spending hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars to clear up blemishes, erase fine lines and wrinkles, and give your skin a more glowing radiant appearance. However, if you aren’t also considering the internal processes that damage skin, you’ll be wasting your time and money. 

The real problem with skin isn’t that you haven’t found the magic fountain of youth serum; it’s that most of us are plagued by oxidative stress, inflammation, and toxic overload. 

Every day, your skin has to combat toxins and stress coming from:

  • Toxins in makeup and beauty products
  • Air pollution
  • Traffic exhaust
  • Pesticides
  • Heavy metals (lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium)
  • Fluoride and chlorine in your shower water
  • EMFs (from electronics, computers, WiFi, etc.)
  • Plasticizers and components of plastic (like phthalates and BPA)
  • Mold and fungus

These toxic insults make their way into your body and lodge themselves into your cells. You may not see the damage that’s happening to your liver and kidneys, but your skin can keep no secrets — it’s out there for the world to see. 

And unfortunately, these toxins are everywhere in our environment, slowly accumulating in your body and causing damage to your skin[1]. 

For instance, heavy metals found in everything from your drinking water to your food to the air you breathe target your skin. Heavy metals in your skin cells result in issues like eczema, redness, dryness, and inflammation[2][3][4]. 

But metals aren’t the only toxin you need to watch out for. Other potent sources of oxidative stress, which is known as the leading cause of aging, are air pollution and pesticides[5][6].

When your skin is hit with reactive oxygen species from these toxins, the oxidative damage can impact mitochondrial function as well as the extracellular matrix (ECM). Your skin’s ECM is vital for the structure of your skin, acting as a scaffolding to keep things looking tight and healthy[7].

Unfortunately, the lotions, serums, and creams you slather on your face may be making matters worse too — much worse. Many personal care products include chemicals like perfumes, phthalates and parabens that can cause inflammation in your skin, leading to even more damage[8]. 

Furthermore, these compounds may lead to hormone disruption, which is yet another risk factor for skin issues[9]. 

Therefore, managing your toxic inputs and reducing your current toxic load is vital for healthy, glowing skin. And these steps can only be taken internally.  

Detox Diet For Radiant Skin

So, what does a skin-health detox look like? There are hundreds of cleanses and detoxes to choose from, but a skin health detox must have three crucial components:

#1 Nutrients that support your body’s detoxification processes

#2 Antioxidants to combat oxidative stress

#3 Nutrients that support skin health  

If you’re wondering which nutrients and foods fit the bill, that’s what the rest of this article will teach you. 

6 Skin Health Ingredients Back By Science 

#1 Turmeric 

Turmeric roots with turmeric powder

Why it’s essential for radiant skin:

Turmeric is a bright orange/yellow spice that’s been used for thousands of years in ancient medicine practices but has made its way into the mainstream nutrition world due to the abundance of research on its active compound, curcumin. 

Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound that supports skin health in a myriad of conditions, including[10]: 

  • Acne 
  • Alopecia
  • Dermatitis
  • Sun damage
  • Psoriasis 
  • Itchy skin

In addition, due to its potent antioxidant capacity, turmeric supports your skin’s defenses against age-promoting oxidative stress[11][12]. 

Get it in your detox diet:

  • Turmeric is a spice, so you can sprinkle this superfood into a variety of savory dishes. Some excellent traditional Indian dishes that use turmeric include:
  • Enjoy a golden milk latte in the morning or evening for a calming and creamy way to get a hit of turmeric.
  • Tropical delight smoothie
    • ¼ tbsp crushed ginger
    • ½ frozen mango
    • ½ frozen banana
    • ½ cup frozen pineapple
    • Water or ice, to desired consistency
    • 1 scoop of Daily Detox (contains fermented turmeric, which makes curcumin easier to absorb and increases its effectiveness[13])

#2 Broccoli Sprouts

Why it’s essential for radiant skin:

Broccoli is a fantastic vegetable, rich in nutrients, but broccoli sprouts are an even more potent source of nutrition with all that broccoli has to offer. Broccoli sprouts are basically broccoli in their infant form before the broccoli plant reaches full maturity. 

Of all of the benefits of broccoli sprouts, by far the most well-known is the rich content of sulforaphane (SNF), an antioxidant that supports your body’s detoxification processes. Sulforaphane helps to pull environmental toxins from your body and protects against oxidative damage[14]. 

Research shows that consuming broccoli sprouts may help your body detox the toxic load of air pollution, which includes a range of chemicals, including heavy metals[14]. 

What’s more, research shows that SFN may help prolong the lifespan of cells due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity[15]. 

In a 2016 study, researchers found that SFN was able to enhance detoxification processes as well as antioxidant activity, which lead to a protective effect against aging in skin cells[16]. 

Get it in your detox diet:

  • Broccoli sprouts are pretty light, so they don’t make a great side dish all on their own. However, they are excellent to use as a topping. Use broccoli sprouts to top off salads, wraps, tacos, stews, or soups.
  • You can also easily throw broccoli sprouts into a smoothie and blend them in; you’ll hardly notice the taste. 
  • For a smoothie that’ll give you a boost of energy along with some powdered fermented broccoli sprouts, try a matcha green boost.

Matcha Green Boost Recipe 

  • 1 tsp matcha green tea powder
  • ½ avocado
  • 1-2 dates or 1 tsp honey
  • ½ cup coconut yogurt kefir
  • 1 cup almond, coconut, macadamia or hemp milk
  • 1 scoop of Daily Detox (which contains organic fermented broccoli sprouts, which make the nutrients more bioavailable)

#3 Moringa

Moringa herbs

Why it’s essential for radiant skin:

Moringa, also known as “the miracle tree,” has been used for centuries as a medicinal plant due to its rich nutrient profile along with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. 

Research shows that moringa may help with heavy metal detoxification, especially the metal cadmium. Cadmium can directly impact your liver and may disrupt your detox activity. With moringa, you get a powerhouse of nutrition that not only helps your body rid itself of toxic metals but also supports liver function so that your detox system runs smoothly[17]. 

Furthermore, moringa may have a targeted impact on your skin cells due to its antioxidant potential. One of the most well-understood causes of aging skin is sun exposure due to the amount of oxidative stress this introduces to skin cells. Studies show that moringa works within your skin cells to enhance antioxidant defenses and protect against inflammation that causes redness and wrinkles[18].  

Get it in your detox diet:

  • Add moringa powder to your morning oatmeal 
  • Make a superfood dal with moringa powder
  • Enjoy a Fight Off Free Radical Smoothie:
    • 2 handfuls of swiss chard
    • 1 avocado
    • ½ cup raspberries
    • ½ cup blueberries
    • 1 fig or 2 dates
    • Water or ice, to desired consistency 
    • 1 scoop of Daily Detox (which contains organic moringa)

#4 Chlorella

Green chlorella powder

Why it’s essential for radiant skin:

Chlorella is a type of green algae that’s rich in phytonutrients like chlorophyll.

While you may not find chlorella in the produce section of your grocery store, this nutrient is an absolute must-have for skin health and can easily be taken in supplement form. 

One of the most powerful skin-enhancing benefits of chlorella is its impact on heavy metal detox. Research shows that chlorella may enhance your body’s ability to remove heavy metals by acting as a natural chelator — assisting in your body’s ability to pull toxins out of your cells[19][20].

Chlorella has also been found to be effective in improving skin roughness and hydration in people with dermatitis[21]. 

Get it in your detox diet:

Chlorella is an easy addition to smoothies as it typically comes in a powder form. 

Using a supplement like Daily Detox, which contains organic chlorella, you can sneak chlorella into any number of tasty smoothies. Some examples include:

#5 Prebiotic Fiber

flax seeds

Why it’s essential for radiant skin:

It would be fair to say that the health of every organ in your body can trace back to gut health. Just as we hear more and more about the gut-brain axis, another axis that occurs is the gut-skin axis. 

Unfortunately, many toxins interfere with your microbiome, killing off the good bacteria and disrupting the balance of your gut microbes. Heavy metals being one of the worst offenders[22]. 

With your gut bacteria playing a vital role in skin health, this disruption can cause a range of skin issues, including[23]:

  • Dry skin
  • Redness
  • Acne 
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Psoriasis 

While probiotics may enhance the number of good bacteria in your gut by directly adding to the population, prebiotics enhance healthy gut bacteria growth by providing food for the microbes and creating a hospitable environment, allowing your gut to repopulate [24]. 

Get it in your detox diet:

Prebiotic fiber can be found in a variety of foods like flax seeds, garlic, asparagus, oats, onions, leeks, dandelion greens, and apples. 

Some fantastic ways to get more prebiotics in your diet include:

  • Snacking on apples
  • Adding fresh garlic or onions to your meals like this scallop stir-fry 
  • Having some oatmeal for breakfast
  • Enjoying a Blueberry Flax Seed Superfood Smoothie:
    • 1 cup frozen blueberries
    • ½ cup frozen banana
    • 2 figs
    • 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
    • 2 tbsp walnuts
    • ⅔ cups plain unsweetened coconut yogurt or nut milk
    • Water to desired consistency
    • 1 scoop of Daily Detox (rich in organic agave inulin, a type of prebiotic fiber that feeds good gut bacteria, giving them the energy they need to grow and kill off bad bacteria in your gut[25])

#6 Acai

Acai berries

Why it’s essential for radiant skin:

Acai is a type of berry that’s made its claim to fame as a superfood as the main ingredient in acai bowls. 

This deep purple berry is incredibly rich in antioxidants that research shows are highly bioavailable — meaning your body easily sucks them up to help protect against the aging impacts of reactive oxygen species[26].

In addition to its antioxidant activity, acai is also a fantastic source of vitamin C, which is essential to collagen synthesis[27]. 

Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body and makes up the majority of your connective tissue. Regarding skin health, collagen promotes the integrity of your extracellular matrix (the scaffolding that sits under your skin), allowing for elastic, youthful-looking skin[28]. 

Get it in your detox diet:

  • Acai bowl (available at most juice places and Whole Foods)
  • Add acai to a smoothie, like this Superfruit Blend Smoothie:
    • 1 cup frozen strawberries
    • 1 pack frozen acai puree, unsweetened
    • ½ cup frozen cranberries
    • ¾ cup plain unsweetened yogurt (you can also use yogurt made with nut milk!)
    • Water to desired consistency
    • Squeeze of lemon juice to taste
    • 1 scoop of Daily Detox (which contains organic acai)

Daily Detox: Your All-In-One Radiant Skin Detox Formula

Doing a radiant skin detox is absolutely crucial for getting yourself on track with healthy skin. You can try all the beauty products in the world, but if your diet isn’t cleaned up you’re just throwing money down the toilet. 

Try to get the above nutrients into your diet as much as possible, and you will see a difference in the health of your skin. 

If you’re like most people, you may not be able to sneak each of these foods in every day. If that’s the case, I’ve got good news for you — you don’t have to. 

Daily Detox is a formula I put together that offers 100% organic nutrient-dense herbs and foods in a powder format that you take once a day. It not only includes all of the superfoods mentioned in this article but loads more. 

This formula includes: 

  • Organic liver support blend
  • Detox and anti-aging nutrients
  • Organic fiber blend
  • Organic superfoods
  • Organic metabolic support
  • Natural sugar-free sweeteners

With Daily Detox, you can put a big check mark next to your daily beauty care routine — without having to put one thing on your face. Not to say that all beauty products out there are useless, but even the ones that are free of toxins won’t do you much good if you’re not giving your cells the nutrients they need to function optimally and letting heavy metals and other toxins run the show. 

Takeaway

Although the personal care industry will never tell you this — beauty is an inside job. Unless you’re taking care of your body on a cellular level, your skin will never look as radiant and youthful as it could. 

Beautiful skin begins with the inside out. 

If you’ve been struggling with skin issues or are starting to notice fine lines and wrinkles that weren’t there before, it’s time to take a look at your diet and make some adjustments. 

Keep in mind; a radiant skin diet must include:

#1 Nutrients that support your body’s detoxification processes

#2 Antioxidants to combat oxidative stress

#3 Nutrients that support skin health

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Wendy Myers, FDN-P, is a detox expert, functional diagnostic nutritionist, NES Bioenergetic Practitioner, and founder of Myersdetox.com. She is the #1 bestselling author of Limitless Energy: How to Detox Toxic Metals to End Exhaustion and Chronic Fatigue . Additionally, Wendy is the host of The Heavy Metals Summit, the Myers Detox Podcast, and the Supercharged Podcast. Passionate about the importance of detox to live a long and healthy life, she created the revolutionary Myers Detox Protocol , and Mitochondria Detox kit after working with thousands of clients, as well as a range of supplements to help you detox from everyday living and maintain a healthy lifestyle!