We are often obsessed with beauty and may sometimes consider it merely from the angle of how much makeup we have on or if our brows are on fleek. But beauty starts from our skin. It’s the canvas upon which our makeup rests.
Beauty can be directly proportionate to how well we take care of ourselves. Everything we eat, our lifestyle choices, our care or lack thereof, our excesses and indulgences, it all shows up on our skin. Like any other internal organs of your body, your skin can be healthy or ill, well-fed or malnourished, and can undergo wear and tear with age or abuse. While you can’t control your age, with proper diet and loving care, there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t have healthy, attractive skin throughout your life. While everyone’s skin is unique, there are certain rules that apply no matter what your skin type to keep your complexion radiant and glowing.
Here’s my take on how diet can improve your skin.
Antioxidant vitamins (vitamins A, C and E) found in fruits and vegetables protect your skin from damaging free radicals.
Vitamin A regulates the skin renewal cycle and can be found in yummy carrots, spinach and salmon.
Vitamin C gives skin firmness and tone and improves skin texture. It is present in red peppers, strawberries, kiwi, guavas, oranges, lemons, grapefruit, papaya.
Vitamin E helps to slow down aging and reduces the occurrence of fine lines and wrinkles. It is found in sweet potatoes, avocado, olive oil, leafy green vegetables.
Omega 3 fatty acids provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits to your skin and body. It is found in fatty fish like salmon, and tuna and also in walnuts and almonds.
Water. Drink lots of it. It hydrates your skin and flushes out toxins that can cause skin problems. It is essential for skin metabolism and regeneration. Five to eight glasses of water are recommended daily.
Limited sugar intake. Consuming too much sugar over time leads to glycation, a process that ages skin prematurely. Advanced glycation end products (AGEs) damage collagen fibers, causing them to lose elasticity and become rigid. These collagen abnormalities result in skin changes such as thinning, discoloration, loss of elasticity and tendency to rashes and infections. Generally avoid sugars found in white bread, sugary drinks and snacks, refined grains, processed baked goods. Not eating chocolate cake for me is hard so rather than avoid my treats altogether, I instead eat only on special occasions and in much smaller portions.
You’re the only one who knows the true relationship between you and food and you may be unaware of how it impacts the look and texture of your skin but it surely does. Eat low fat, whole foods, lots of fruits and vegetables. Keep a food journal for a month then read over and highlight your skin changes. Look back to what you ate and see if a pattern emerges. Then you’ll be well able to determine what food types to steer clear of and which ones to keep in your food plans.
For the love of beauty,
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