“We are what we eat.” We have all said or heard this phrase at least once in our lives. It is the summary of the thought of Ludwig Feuerbach, a philosopher who in the 19th century was concerned and concerned with the inescapable connection between soul and body, asserting that a person’s or people’s diet affects their behavior, thinking and consciousness.

We are what we eat, in somewhat more concrete and practical terms, is an absolute truth even on an aesthetic level. The foods we eat greatly influence our appearance, and the first part we show to people, the most visible part, is our skin. There is a direct connection between what we eat and the appearance of our skin .

It happens that we wake up in the morning with a few too many pimples, sadly thinking back to the sweet or fried binge we had the night before. But while it is true that some foods tend to “dirty” our skin and make it worse aesthetically, it is also true that other foods help to make it more beautiful and “clean.”

So here are the best foods for healthy, beautiful and glowing skin .




Avocado consumption in recent years has increased greatly in Europe and Italy, thanks to a fad imported from overseas, from the United States. It is very much in vogue on social media, so much so that ” avocado toast” or colorful salads with avocados are among the most photographed and posted dishes. However, not everyone is aware of the incredible properties of this fruit. In fact, avocado is rich in healthy fats that help protect the skin and keep it hydrated, thus slowing down skin aging. This fruit also is a good source of Vitamin E, a strong antioxidant.



Carrots, rich in anti-oxidants and vitamin C, are excellent allies in the fight against anti-aging. Vitamin C is very important in our bodies for the synthesis of new collagen, one of the two proteins essential for skin structure (the other is elastin).
But the benefits of carrots do not end there; in fact, they contain very high levels of beta-carotene, a plant pigment that is converted into vitamin A inside the body. This vitamin is useful for protecting the skin from UV rays and for repairing it; in fact, it is used in many anti-acne, irritation or eczema treatments.
Beware of overconsumption: if you eat too many carrots every day, some beta-carotene pigments may not be converted into vitamin A and remain in your bloodstream for a long time. This stagnation of beta-carotene could “stain” the plasma orange and consequently also the skin. This condition is called carotenosis.

Green Tea


Green tea is now ubiquitous in all cosmetic product lines currently on the market. As far as skincare products are concerned, it is used mainly for two reasons. The first, is the presence within it of catechins, a group of substances capable of slowing the degradation of collagen.
The second reason is the concentration of tannins, which with their dermoastringent and purifying properties prove very useful in the treatment of oily and impure skin.



Pomegranate is certainly not among the most widely consumed fruits in Italy, but it is among the best anti-aging allies that can be found in nature. This fruit contains an incredible amount of anti-oxidants that can counteract the action of free radicals and prevent premature aging of the skin. In particular, these anti-oxidants are flavonoids, which in addition to having anti-aging properties also have anti-inflammatory and gastro-protective properties.



Almonds in the cosmetic field are famous for an acid that is extracted from within them, mandelic acid (mandel means almond in German). However, this is not the only benefit that can be obtained from these seeds.
Almonds also contain many flavonoids, although less in percentage than pomegranate. In return, however, they have a high concentration of alpha-tocopherol, a nutrient that is part of the vitamin E family. Alpha-tocopherol is able to offer strong protection to the skin against harmful UV rays.



Broccoli is part of the large family of plants commonly called cabbage, in fact in some parts of Italy it is called broccoli cabbage. It is a plant of which the still-unripe inflorescences are eaten instead of the leaves.

Broccoli is rich in vitamin C, which stimulates collagen production, and vitamin A, which protects the skin from ultraviolet radiation. These plants also are rich in glucofaranine, and when consumed it is transformed into sulforaphane, a substance that stimulates the skin’s repair process and helps it stay healthy.



Garlic has been famous for centuries for its incredible antibiotic properties, since medieval times. It is, however, less well known for its excellent properties for the skin, but no less effective. Garlic is a good source of vitamins C and B6, potassium, iron, magnesium, and calcium, making it a food with strong anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.