Eat your way to clear , glowing skin…. i must be crazy right !
Hello gorgeous ,
I am sure you have seen your fair share of “ skincare routine “ videos. These videos tell you lists of often expensive products that make you have glowing skin that is happy and healthy but they forget to share the most important part of skincare. Well I am here to help you fill in the gaps , What you put into your body is equally if not more important than the products you use. In my opinion for optimal skin health you need to eat the right foods and have a decent skincare regimen. It doesn’t matter how great your skincare is if your diet is awful Remember “ you are what you eat”.
Your skin has a natural cycle in which your skin sheds its older “dead skin cells” and is replaced by newer younger cells. This process needs a constant supply of the right macronutrients , once you get your diet right your path to that clear, supple skin will truly happen.
Fruits and veggies ( getting your 5 a day)
Fruit has got a bad rap sheet by biased doctors claiming the sugar in fruit is linked to weight gain. Which has been proven not to be the case since the sugars in fruit are much easier to digest as they come from a natural source. Fruits and vegetables have very powerful antioxidants that help to protect your skin against free radical damage ( from smoking , sunlight etc.).
‘Every colour of the rainbow “
Zinc is vital for your skins production of oil which helps the skin to repair damage and helps keep the skin soft . Some examples of zinc rich foods are Fish , Whole grains, nuts, seeds etc.
Slow release carbs:
Beans , oats and other slow release carbs release sugar into the blood stream gradually. This helps make you feel full longer but also this supplies you with a steady stream of energy. Foods that are fast releasing like cookies , processed sugar etc. cause insulin spikes which can damage the collagen in your skin leading to premature aging etc.
Vitamin C ( the superman of antioxidants ):
This is hands down one of the most important Antioxidants. Vitamin C is needed not only for a healthy immune system but also for healthy glowing skin and to heal problematic blemishes . The best sources for vitamin c are Blueberries , kiwi, oranges , Papaya ,strawberries, grapefruit, red peppers, oranges and the oh so tasty sweet potato.
This very strong antioxidant is vital for skin cell development and a healthy even skin tone . The best beta-carotene sources are sweet potato ( my fav super food) , kale , Spinach, carrots and in fruits this can be found in papaya , cantaloupe and apricots.
Vitamin E is used to protect the skin from cell damages and supports healthy skin. My favourite sources of vitamin e are Almonds, avocado ( also a great source for healthy fats )hazelnuts, butternut squash, palm oil , spinach and sunflower seeds.
This powerful Antioxidant has been linked to the prevention of skin caner, brown spots and also plays a vital role in your immune system . Selenium is best found in tomato’s , wheat germ , fish ( tuna ,halibut etc. but due to the other issues with fish i get all my selenium from plants/fruits ), brazil nuts and spinach .
Essential Fatty Acids:
Essential fatty acids are needed to help keep/add moisture in the skin and keeping the skin supple . This can be found in nuts and seeds and the almighty Avocado
Omega 3 and 6 are so crucial to your diet as we cannot produce them within out body which means we need to get them from an outside source. Not only does this help your body produce Anti-inflammatory compounds which is really helpful for anyone suffering from eczema and other skin conditions . this is also really vital to your overall health. You can but great supplements but these are also found naturally in flaxseed oil, walnuts , rapeseed , soybeans , chia seeds and spinach .
Drink up my loves because getting enough water is not only vital to your skin health but also its vital to every other part of your body. Getting enough water is my single most important beauty tip . The medical industry will tell you 6-8 glasses a day but in my opinion that is on the low end for me I regularly have about 1-2 gallons of water a day. This really helps me when i notice my skin is dull sometimes just upping my water intake brings back my glowing skin.
Quick tip: if when you go to the washroom your pee is very coloured or darker you are dehydrated your urine should be almost clear if you are well hydrated.
Things to avoid (the no no’s):
Crash diets :
I will be doing a full article on the negative effects of crash diets on your body but I also wanted to mention it here . Repeatedly yoyo dieting when you are losing and gaining weight and calorie restricting etc is harmful. This type of dieting almost always ends in a binge eating session. Binging and restricting really takes a toll on your body and its largest organ .. your skin . This type of dieting can lead to wrinkles , skin sagging and stretch mark’s and almost always end in you being vitamin and mineral deficient.
A lot of skin related issues such acne , breakouts and aging have been linked to the consumption of dairy . Cows much like humans can only produce milk when they are pregnant . Not only is this one of the cruelest industries ( which I will explain why I am not vegan soon )but also the hormones such as Progesterone and Insulin growth factors find their way into the milk we drink and can cause havoc to your skin and body.
Always remember beauty starts from within. I will be doing a whole series on Veganism and the beauty industry soon. I just want to get more settled into Veganism first and adjusting to being celiac. Skincare starts long before the products you buy . It doesn’t matter if you buy the most expensive skincare money can buy. If your diet’s bad you are bound to have skin issues. Keep hydrated, eat lots of colourful fruits and veggies and avocado your way to glowing skin.
Disclaimer : all information provided is for information purposes and is in no way a substitute for medical advice . I am not nor do I claim to be a physician and if you have questions about your general health you should contact your doctor.