Forget facials! Discover these four superfoods that serve as miracle workers for your skin.

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When it comes to keeping your skin clear and radiant, Dr. Roshini Raj, TULA probiotic skincare creator and bDrRaj_Headshotoard certified gastroenterologist, knows that true beauty begins on the inside. “Exercise, sleep, and diet all play crucial roles in giving ourselves the balanced life we deserve” says Dr. Raj. If you truly want to see a difference in your skin, you have to make sure that you’re eating the right nutrients, as well as embracing a healthy and balanced lifestyle, as the first step to achieving truly radiant skin. To help you, we sat down with the TULA probiotic skincare expert to find out which superfoods you should be eating to put you on the fast track to gorgeous, glowing skin.

Probiotics – the American Academy of Dermatology named them the beauty breakthrough ingredient of 2014. Since then, we have seen an explosive of this superfood as a topical skincare product and an ingestible vitamin as they have been shown to help prevent and treat acne, calm inflammation, decrease skin sensitivity and redness, and boost skin’s natural barrier function and hydration.

By integrating topical probiotics into your beauty routine, you can help to improve the hydration of your skin, stimulate cell function, smooth your complexion and regenerate the production of collagen by  strengthening its natural defenses and reducing stress levels in skin. If you want to supercharge the health of your skin, we recommend both applying topical probiotics and ingesting them.

When ingested, probiotics benefit the skin from the inside out. By lining the gut and creating a healthy and sealed barrier, they can prevent system-wide inflammation that might trigger acne or rosacea. They can also guard against UV-induced damage and improve skin’s elasticity and collagen production. We recommend Jane Iredale‘s new Skincare Supplements that were specifically designed to improve the health and appearance of the skin by nourishing it where topical creams can’t reach.

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Turmeric – A relative of ginger, turmeric is a powerful ingredient in your attempt to achieve younger and healthier looking skin. From the inside, it promotes better blood circulation, giving the skin a healthy glow. When applied topically, curcumin, which is the antioxidant flavonoid present in turmeric, helps fight breakouts and blemishes thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. Paired with other skin-boosting ingredients, turmeric is also effective in reducing wrinkles and fine lines.

Flaxseed – A plant-based food, flaxseed is full of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that help produce radiant and healthy skin. Studies show that both omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids help keep skin lubricated, smooth and plump. Omega fatty acids also help prevent inflammation, which can lead to dry and damaged skin. One of the best sources of collagen-boosting foods and other beautifying nutrients such as vitamin B, calcium, magnesium or zinc, flaxseed helps improve skin elasticity and texture when applied topically while also keeping breakouts at bay.

Blueberries – Rich in phytonutrients, carotenoids and polyphenols, blueberries provide potent antioxidant benefits. The antioxidants work to destroy free radicals that can potentially age the skin. Blueberries are high in fiber, which provides a roughage to the digestive tract, facilitating the timely removal of waste and toxins from your body. Excess toxins can be a major cause of premature aging, along with premature lines and wrinkles, acne, dark under-eye circles and dull or otherwise unhealthy skin. When applied topically, blueberries can help protect against the damaging effect of oxidative stress on the skin. They also help boost collagen, improve microcirculation and increase skin’s healing capacity.

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Dr. Roshini Raj is a board-certified gastroenterologist and internist and a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at NYU Medical Center/Tisch Hospital, as well as the founder of TULA skincare. She is also a TODAY show contributor, the Medical Editor of Health magazine, and the author of What the Yuck?! The Freaky & Fabulous Truth About Your Body.

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  1. Manisha kapoor

    Thank u for the helpful post. I drink turmeric milk in winters,its good for health and i really like berries 😊😊

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