Beauty Diets? How These Health Tomes Stack Up

We've all fallen prey to the siren song of trendy diets. Whether it was veganism in the early aughts or the Paleo frenzy of recent years, it's easy to become overwhelmed by the myriad of "miracle" diets out there that always seem to be forbidding one seemingly harmless food group (Carbs, we will never quit you!) and claiming that another is the key to a perfect life (We're looking at you, chia seeds).
The latest category to emerge in the diet-book world? Regimens that supposedly help you break down foods that not only improve digestion and help you shed weight, but also clear up your skin in the process. We rounded up a few "good-skin diet books" and broke down the gist of each philosophy. Tell us, would you give one of these beautifying eating plans a try?
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The Honest Life by Jessica Alba

Actress-turned-lifestyle guru Jessica Alba breaks down how almost every household, beauty, and non-organic-food item in our homes is rife with chemicals and/or carcinogens. Sound like a downer? Surprisingly, it's written in a smart, non-judgmental, and downright informative tone — we actually found it helpful to have all of these health no-nos written down in one place.

Pros: Alba includes simple recipe ideas to nourish body, soul, and skin. Her green juice looks like perfect skin in a glass.
Cons: Sadly, we don't all have access to perfect, year-round California produce. Or the endless funds to keep our kitchens preternaturally stocked with all organic, non-GMO foods.
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Feed Your Face by Jessica Wu, M.D.

Dermatologist Jessica Wu (who personally battled with bad skin for years) makes the argument that unstable blood sugar is the enemy of good skin, and therefore makes the argument that food low on the glycemic index (which also tend to be less processed and less full of additives and chemicals) can do everything from clear up acne to reduce wrinkles.

Pros: Wu's book is written in a lighthearted tone (and in the voice of someone who genuinely knows what it's like to wake up every day with bad skin), and is chock-full of tips on how to swap out "bad-skin foods" for "good-skin foods."
Cons: Learning the ins and outs of the glycemic index isn't exactly easy. And, while it would be great for all of us to eat the grilled-fish-and-veggies diet of the stars, it can take major time (not to mention energy) to shop, cook and pack the food that's up to Wu's standards.
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The Clear Skin Diet by Alan S. Logan

Calling all science junkies: If you're really interested in getting to the bottom of what causes acne, this is the book for you. The authors break down the major reasons for breakouts — excess oil production, inflammation, bacteria, and dead skin cells that clog pores — and connects them to what triggers them, including poor nutrition.

Pros: We appreciate the well-researched data reported in this book — it covers everything from the effects of dairy to the truth about whether or not a high-fat diet contributes to acne.
Cons: The tone of the book is super-dry. So, if you're looking for a quick and entertaining read, this might not be your idea of a good time.
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Forever Young by Nicholas Perricone, M.D.

Dr. Nicholas Perricone — yes, he of the Perricone M.D. skin care line — makes the argument that consuming antioxidants and improving metabolic health can make more of a difference in skin aging, in both the long- and short-term, than almost any fancy face cream.

Pros: Dr. Perricone's plan is essentially a guide to being (and looking) healthy, both inside and out, over a lifetime. No crash-diet tips here.

Cons: No offense to the doc, but he kind of lost us once he started to lecture us on genomes.
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The Beauty Detox Diet by Rockridge Press

The crux of this book is centered around how toxins (a.k.a. the myriad of "bad" things in our environment and food) contribute to our looking and feeling sluggish and unhealthy (duh). Through a quick quiz, you can learn if you need to detox (Spoiler alert: We probably all need to), and then follow the recipes in the book to reach total skin and health nirvana.

Pros: Detoxing for a short period of time does have some well-established health benefits — especially if you're consuming actual food, and not simply cayenne-lemon juice.
Cons: Reading the list of all of the lifestyle, environmental, and internal options will make you feel like you need to make a much more drastic change than simply indulging in some carrot-ginger soup (For example, move to the country and start breathing some clean air already).
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The Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder, C.N.

Nutritionist Kimberly Snyder makes the argument that a diet free of animal products is the key to having perfect skin. And, hey, Drew Barrymore and Dr. Oz like her!

Pros: Snyder's book is engaging and interesting — it provides a new perspective on whether or not humans were actually built to consume animal products.
Cons: Snyder is not a registered dietician (and seems to be overly into making TV appearances), so take this one with a grain of salt — er, flaxseed?
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