Your Perfect Skin Diet

Who doesn't want perfect skin for their wedding? Moisturizers, scrubs, and treatments will help you get it, of course, but that's not the only way. To really take your skin to the next level you must eat the right foods — and avoiding the wrong ones. Foods that are rapidly converted to sugar, such as bread, pasta, fruit juices, soda, candy, and French fries, cause inflammation because they make your blood sugar quickly rise. Inflammation is at the root of many diseases including acne, aging, large pores, oily skin, dry skin, and rosacea. To combat the inflammation, add these glow-getting foods below into your diet, stat.

HIGH-QUALITY PROTEIN
Prevent a rise in blood sugar and curb your appetite by adding foods such as organic eggs, poultry, fish, shellfish, and tofu that release energy gradually.

LOW-GLYCEMIC CARBOHYDRATES
Go for beans, lentils, old-fashioned oatmeal (not instant!), and fresh fruits—avoid those loaded with sugar—and vegetables since they're low in sugar and packed with antioxidants.

HEALTHY FATS
Dramatically reduce the body's production of inflammatory compounds, and make your complexion supple and radiant by including foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids in your meal plan. Omega-3s are found in wild Alaskan salmon, halibut, sardines, herring, anchovies, walnuts, chia seeds, flaxseed, and olive oil.

ANTIOXIDANT-RICH BEVERAGES
Ditch coffee (or at least limit it) and switch to loose-leaf green tea, which has anti-inflammatory properties. If you're having trouble making the switch, opt for black tea first — it has more caffeine than green.

SPICES
The anti-inflammatory benefits of ginger, turmeric root, and curry powder are infinite. Try incorporating them into every meal.

PURE SPRING WATER
Even slight dehydration can cause our skin to lose its radiance. Drinking at least 10 glasses of pure spring water helps the body flush out toxins and stay hydrated, supple, and healthy.