Diet Your Way To Healthy Skin
Posted on March 20, 2017
It is estimated that the UK’s skin care market is worth around £2.2 billion. That’s a lot of toners, cleansers, moisturisers and creams that are both on our bathroom shelves, and on our faces.
Having healthy looking skin is something that we all strive for, and going off the figure above, apparently pay big money for. But are we coming at the idea the wrong way?
Should we focus not on what we put on our bodies, but rather what we put in our bodies?
The foods we eat have a huge impact on how our skin looks, feels and behaves. By changing your diet and adopting foods that promote healthy skin, while cutting out the foods that are bad for your skin, you’ll see a real difference. And it may mean that you can cut down on the amount of products you use on your skin.
Whether you suffer from breakouts, dry skin, redness or wrinkles – here are the foods you should be eating, and avoiding, to achieve healthy skin.
Switch from dairy to almond milk
Dairy is a known inflammatory which means it can cause redness, inflammation and can irritate acne. Cow’s milk is also loaded with growth hormones that get absorbed by the skin, affecting its health. Switch to unsweetened almond milk and your skin will thank you.
If you want to keep your skin looking and feeling as youthful as possible, start cooking with olive oil. This is because it contains antioxidant polyphenol and monounsaturated fatty acids which help to keep skin smooth and taut, whilst also helping to combat ageing free radicals.
The sun is one of the most damaging things for our skin. Sure we need it for vitamin D, but too much sun exposure can cause sun damage which at best can lead to prematurely aged skin, and at worst cancer. By eating tomatoes, it helps your skin improve its natural SPF because they contain the antioxidant lycopene. You should still wear sunscreen when out in the sun to protect yourself.
Cut the sugar
If you suffer from acne, cutting out sugar can work wonders for your skin. This is because those that stick to a low glycemic diet have lower levels of androgens in their blood. Higher levels of androgens causes excess sebum to be produced which contributes to acne. So stay clear of things like sugar, white flour, sugary drinks, juices and things that have hidden sugar such as processed meats. Instead, get your sugar from fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts and seeds and healthy fats. Not only will your skin look better, you’ll feel all the better for it and should see an increase in energy levels.
Consuming a little dark chocolate can help to hydrate skin and improve circulation. This is because the cocoa plant is naturally full of antioxidant properties. If you suffer from redness, roughness or dryness, dark chocolate should help. Avoid milk chocolate as this has milk solids and sugar added to it – which we know is bad for the skin.
Not only does green tea contain a lot less caffeine than coffee and black tea, it’s also great for keeping your skin elasticated and smooth i.e. younger looking. It also boosts blood and oxygen flow which helps to maintain a healthy complexion and glow. An added benefit is that drinking green tea can also help to fight against sun damage when exposed to UV light.
And last but certainly not least we have the mighty Omega 3. This nutrient is as close to magic as Mother Nature gets and has a range of benefits for your skin. Firstly, it’s an anti-inflammatory which helps to protect your skin from the sun, and reduces redness and irritation. Secondly, Omega 3 helps to keep skin looking youthful by promoting collagen production, which reduces wrinkles, fine lines and sagging in the skin. It gives the skin that bounce! And thirdly, it helps to keep skin hydrated. The fat from Omega 3 helps to form a protective barrier that keeps moisture in and irritants out. This also helps to keep skin softer, less sensitive and smoother.
If you’re looking for skin treatment specialists in Manchester to help your skin look and feel healthy, contact us at Rejuvenate.