Best Foods for Glowing Skin

avocados on a dark background

There are many skincare products on the market targeted toward fixing specific problems whether those are dark circles, wrinkles, dry skin, or acne. Although maintaining a skincare routine is essential for healthy skin, a radiant glow really begins with a thoughtful diet. Some superfoods have great nutritional profiles that can remedy certain skin concerns and help you achieve that youthful glow.



Blueberries have anti-aging properties and are fantastic for those who are worried about fine lines and wrinkles. The antioxidants in blueberries bind and neutralize free radicals (a highly reactive molecule that can harm the growth and development of cells). Free radicals lead to signs of aging due to the damage they cause to skin cells. As a bonus, blueberries can also improve circulation. Having better circulation means your skin cells are getting the oxygen and nutrients they need. This promotes better skin cell turnover leaving you with healthier skin.


Citrus fruits like oranges are high in Vitamin C which help you achieve a radiant glow. Vitamin C improves overall skin health and radiance because it helps regenerate collagen. Collagen is a protein in your body that serves as an essential building block for skin. Therefore, eating more oranges can leave you with more supple, healthy-looking skin.


Cucumber has anti-inflammatory properties due its high antioxidant content. It also has many vitamins and minerals, notably Vitamin C and potassium. Vitamin C is amazing for collagen regeneration while potassium serves to moisturize and hydrate skin from within. If you're looking to incorporate more cucumber into your diet, check out recoup's ginger-powered Cucumber + Lemon.


Ginger has plenty of amazing benefits for skin including anti-aging properties, evening skin texture, and improving blood circulation. Ginger has high antioxidant levels which fight off free radicals that promote skin aging (fine lines, wrinkles, etc). It also helps skin cell turnover through improved blood circulation allowing for even, taut skin. Ginger is a powerful adaptogen and superfood.  It's benefits to health, including digestion, immunity and muscle recovery have been clinically proven. Ginger can help you glow inside and out.   


Avocados are great for those with dry skin because they contain a high amount of unsaturated fatty acids. These fatty acids are not only great for your heart and lowering cholesterol, but also at balancing the water content of the topmost layer of your skin. This means that by eating avocados your skin will be healthier and more hydrated.


Kale is a superfood that can help reduce the appearance of dark circles. It's high in Vitamins A, C, and K which are all important for good health. Vitamin K is especially great for skin because it can reduce the pigmentation that causes dark circles. Kale also contains lutein, an antioxidant that can fight free radicals leading to more youthful skin.


Oats have anti-inflammatory properties and can help improve acne. Oats are low on the glycemic index which means they cause blood sugar to rise and decline slowly and at a more steady pace. On the other hand, foods that are high on the glycemic index are more likely to cause inflammation and be associated with causing acne.

What other foods have become part of your skin care routine?  Share your secret with us.