You know what I like best about food? It doesn’t just nourish your body; it influences a whole host of other body issues.
I love that simply by eating the right foods, I can chomp my way to a slimmer, healthier, brighter or lighter self. It’s all in what you eat! And puhleaseee, you know this girls lurvvvsss to get her eat on!
Since I’ve been on a bit of a skin lightening fix lately, I decided to dig a little deeper and find a few of the tastiest foods that lighten your skin.
Get ready to get hungry!
The Best Foods That Lighten Your Skin
When I think sulfur, I immediately get the phantom stench of rotten eggs up my nose. Alas, this mineral is more than foul-scented, it is incredibly effective at evening out skin tone and discoloration; or for aesthetic purposes, lightening.
This common mineral helps protect your skin against harmful substances like nasty free radicals which can discolor your skin. Studies have found that the higher your sulfur levels, the fairer and more transparent the skin.
Transparency may not be what you’re going for, but if you want to lighten your skin tone a little, add some of these sulfur-rich foods to your diet:
- Egg yolks
- Red Meat
Fun Fact – Sulfur can also help reduce acne inflammation and future outbreaks!
If you’ve been reading our satisfyingly sassy skin lightening newsletters and posts, you probably aren’t surprised to see Vitamin C make this list. Vitamin C rich foods are quite beneficially in achieving lighter-toned skin.
Found primarily in fruits and vegetables, this antioxidant vitamin neutralizes free radicals and seriously detoxifies your system. Since vitamin C is water-soluble, it works from the inside-out, as well as it works from the outside-in!
By eating a few more vitamin C-rich fruits and veggies, you will increase collagen production, repair damaged skin (like acne scars and sun spots) and have visibly brighter skin.
Here’s a few items you could try adding to your grocery list:
- Red and Green Hot Chilli Peppers
- Bell Peppers
- Dark Leafy Greens (think kale or mustard greens)
Gluta-what-the-heck? Bet you’ve never heard of this before; I certainly had not.
Turns out, this mouthful of an antioxidant plays an important role in detoxifying your body. If you haven’t started seeing the pattern, foods that detoxify help lighten your skin tone.
Glutathione helps rid your body of fat-soluble toxins like pesticides and reduce oxidative damage. If you’re looking to add a few g-rich foods to your diet, try these. The rawer, the better:
- Red Meat
Like Vitamin C, this one also made last week’s list. Foods rich in vitamin E help keep your body moisturized and repair skin damage. Lighten up by adding these foods to your plate:
- Sunflower Seeds
- Pine Nuts
- Dried Apricots
- Cooked Spinach
- Cooked Taro Root
By incorporating these foods into your daily diet you can start to gradually lighten your skin, from the inside-out.
However, if gradual ain’t really your thang and you want a more immediate solution, check out Meladerm. It’s a gentle skin lightening treatment that won’t ravage your skin. Win!
How would you best incorporate these foods that lighten your skin into your diet? Share your skin-lightening recipes in the comment section below.