It’s a saying as old as time, but no less accurate today; you are what you eat.
The skin is the largest organ in the body, so the healthier the skin, the better the barrier between internal organs and all that our systems are subjected to in our environment.
Maintaining a healthy skin barrier will do great work in keeping toxins from the environment out, and the good stuff in.
There are certain foods that slows the ageing process, while others speed it up. This is a scientific fact, and the choice remains that of the individual. Naturally, factors such as genetics, lifestyle and the environment also have an impact on the health of your skin, but if you’re neglecting healthy nutrition, you will be on the losing end of the battle for healthy skin.
No matter how many skincare products you try, nothing beats eating a healthy, well-balanced diet for a skin that glows from within.Anything processed is a no-no if you’re getting serious about the health of your skin. Keep the chocolate, but stay away from processed foods, saturated fats, carbohydrates and, sadly for lovers of it, dairy products.
Getting on the good side of your skin means looking at fresh veggies and fruit, Omega-3 rich foods and lean proteins, a well-balanced diet of which will show on the outside, as well as slow down the ageing process.Hydration is essential too, along with making sure you get the right amount of Vitamin C and Vitamin E. Used together, these two alone work wonders in terms of protecting your skin from damage caused by the sun.Vitamin C is an uncomplicated way of assisting your skin in collagen production as well. Just make sure you take these in on a consistent basis. Stopping and starting won’t have much of an impact.
Break the Addiction to Sugar
Give it a try. Set the sugar aside and replace with honey, stevia, maple syrup or coconut sugar, especially if you particularly like your sugar. Break this addiction, and you’ll feel the difference very quickly! Breakouts and wrinkles will have a harder time establishing themselves, besides which, you’ll feel a whole lot better. Sugar is also known to break down collagen. At the age of 25 your body loses more collagen than it produces, therefore, sugar wont to your youthful skin any favors.
Dairy and its Effect on Acne
Although not proven yet, it’s worth looking at changing your habits in terms of dairy products such as milk, especially in terms of causing the kind of inflammation in the body that results in rashes and breakouts.
Research, although inconclusive thus far, is looking at how the hormone levels in milk generate excess sebum production, which is the root cause of acne, impact the skin. The reason these hormones are in excess in milk is that it’s produced from pregnant cows, and these hormones are not meant for our systems.
There are great alternatives to dairy today, covering everything from almond, and coconut milk to soy milk products. It’s worth cutting it out for a while to see whether it will make a difference to any breakouts or rashes you may be experiencing.
Color your Plate Beautiful
If your plate is a beautiful mixture of colours, especially rich red’s, deep yellows and darker greens, you’re on the right road to healthy glowing skin.
Use olive or avocado oil to include healthy fats into your diet for beautiful skin, and make sure to add fruit that is rich in antioxidants such as blueberries. Remember to include a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids in the form of either salmon, mackerel or herring. Last but not least; stay away from diets that are simply a fad. They seldom work, and they make your system do an unhealthy up and down yo-yo. Consistency is key to maintaining the effectiveness of a healthy, well-balanced diet that starts with beauty on the inside for glowing skin.
These are just a few things to consider when thinking of what we put in our bodies and the effect it has on our skin. Stay hydrated, make sure you take note of what you intentionally put in your body and apply some sunscreen. You are on your own now.