In our bid for beautiful skin we sometimes overlook the first, and possibly most important, component in attaining a glowing complexion… feeding our bodies well.

The more toxins accumulated in our system, the more quickly our skin ages. Foods high in saturated fat, refined sugar and artificial colors, preservatives and sweeteners and alcohol are difficult for our bodies to process, leaving it stressed under the toxic load, which in turn leaves skin sallow and prone to breakouts and premature aging and exacerbates certain skin conditions, like eczema.

There is, however, an easy solution here. Healthful, aware eating.

Best Foods for Healthy, Beautiful Skin:

Essential fatty acids — found in oily fish, nuts and seeds, EFAs keep skin soft, hydrated, reduce inflammation and have been shown to lessen the severity of such skin conditions as eczema and rosacea. Omega-3 fatty acids also increase circulation, giving our skin that healthy glow.

Blueberries — considered by some a "Superfood", these little gems are very high in antioxidants which help to prevent damage to skin cells. They are also an excellent source of fiber, vitamins C and E and riboflavin.

Citrus fruit — loaded with vitamin C and bioflavonoids to support collagen production, keeping skin firm and young looking. Citrus fruits also help to reduce inflammation and contain antioxidants to help with the fight against free radicals. This group is high in fiber to keep the system clear and reduce congestion.

Red and green vegetables — Mom was definitely right here. Eating veg like carrots, sweet potatoes and the green leafy variety (like spinach) keeps skin hydrated, bright and prevents cell damage and premature aging.

Green tea — if you wish to incorporate one new healthful item into your diet, make it this. Green tea is chock full of super-potent antioxidants (EGCG) that help to reduce UV damage, increase the effectiveness of sunscreen, offer anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties and, some scientists believe, even reactivate dying skin cells. This powerful and delicious drink also helps to detoxify the skin and body. For best benefits and taste be sure not to steep green tea longer than 2 ½ to 3 minutes.

Water — last but certainly not least is plenty of filtered water. Water keeps our bodies (and skin cells) hydrated and flushes out toxins, keeping skin clean and clear.

A healthy, balanced diet of fresh, organic whole foods will help you get the results you are looking for and keep you healthy and feeling great in the process.