Foods For Beautiful Skin, East and West

This is just meant to be a general guide for healthier skin.  If you have a particular skin condition such as dryness or rosacea for example, you will need much more tailored advice. 

An improved diet will be positively reflected in your skin as well as overall health.  However, it should be noted that whilst diet plays an important role it cannot alone cure skin conditions. 

Try to eat one portion of foods from the lists below at each and every meal.  Variety is key.  Both lists are guides, neither is exhaustive, and in the case of Eastern guidelines I have only included items that are readily available from most supermarkets. 


Western Guidelines

  • All green leafy vegetables
  • Reds and purple vegetables and fruit– tomatoes, red onion, aubergine, red cabbage, beetroot, berries and cherries etc.
  • Eggs
  • Nuts
  • Oils such as olive and flax
  • Whole grains
  • Whole seeds
  • Pulses
  • Fish, especially oily fish


Eastern Guidelines

In the East, one size does not fit all.   Dietary recommendations for the individual is a given.  However, the channel most associated with skin health is the channel belonging to the Lung, with the support of other channels, most notably the channel associated with the Kidneys.  Below are foods that are known to resonate with these channels.

  • Seaweeds, such as arame kombu/kelp, wakame etc.
  • Cabbage, broccoli, apple, avocado, raddish, pears, tomato, garlic, tangerines, asparagus, apricots, dates, red grapes, cherries, plums, fennel, pumpkin, carrot
  • Lima (aka butter) Navy (aka haricot) beans
  • Oats, lentils, millet, amaranth
  • Flax seed, black sesame seeds
  • Walnuts, almonds
  • Smoked fish, fish and shell fish