Healthy Skin Diet: Switch to Non-Processed Carbs or Oats
We're not saying you have to nix carbs altogether to get better skin (we're not monsters, after all). It's all about choosing the right carbs. Oats are packed full of antioxidants and have been found to be anti-inflammatory. Ciminelli recommends wild rice (it's actually a grass and not a rice at all -- who knew?) and gluten-free grains like quinoa and brown rice.
Non-processed carbs like sweet potatoes should also make it on your plate. Sweet potatoes are full of beta-carotene, a super-charged antioxidant that helps repair skin cells and slows down skin cancer cells. It helps give skin a youthful glow while preventing aging. They also are full of vitamin C, which helps stimulate collagen production. In fact, one study found that people who ate four milligrams of vitamin C a day for three years reduced their wrinkles by about 11 percent. Just half a cup of sweet potato contains 20 milligrams of vitamin C.