Skincare From Within
You are what you eat
Today we are talking about ‘Skincare from within’ how what we eat or drink impacts the overall health of our skin and some foods that help boost your skincare game.“You are what you eat.” The skin is a direct reflection of what is going on inside your body so what you put in your mouth is as important as what you put on your skin. Eating a healthy balanced diet along with adequate hydration will help to build healthy skin but eating a diet rich in processed foods, sugars, saturated fats, and dairy can deprive your skin of the vital nutrients needed for a healthy glow.
Research shows that certain foods can affect your quality of skin. Foods such as dairy, sugar, and carbohydrates are said to be the most damaging to the skin, causing you wrinkles, allergies, skin cancer, acne and more. Major precursors of acne!!
DairyResearch suggests that dairy products can increase inflammation in the body, thus affecting our skin causing breakouts, rashes, and redness. The hypothesis is based on the fact that the majority of milk in the U.S. comes from pregnant cows. The hormone levels in the milk may play a role in excess sebum production, therefore causing acne. If you are struggling with regular breakouts and/or rashes, you may want to try dairy alternatives, such as almond- or soy-milk products, and see if it begins to make a difference in your skin.
Sugar + CarbohydratesAlthough some studies do not show an association between acne and eating refined carbohydrates, many people find that eating less sugar can cut down on breakouts. Replacing the refined “white” foods (processed sugars, flours) with whole-grain, nutrient-dense carbohydrate foods can have a positive effect on your skin and reduce breakouts, rashes, and wrinkle. Not only will these healthier foods have you feeling better throughout the day, you’ll be eating better for your skin
What to eat?
Any food that is good to put on your skin, is good for you to eat. The best skin diet includes fresh vegetables, fruits, and healthy fats such as avocado, walnuts, and flax seed, which also provide Omega-3 fatty acids, helping to boost the skin’s barrier to keep irritants out and moisture in. Add more color to your plate with antioxidant-rich foods, such as blueberries, dark leafy greens, tomatoes, and pumpkin. These super foods can help to protect your skin from free radical damage and reduce sun damage.