The Beauty Of Food: Why Your Diet has The Biggest Impact On Your Skin
If you’re using the best skin care products on your skin, but still find yourself struggling with skin issues from dryness to even the occasional blemish, then your diet may be to blame.
Many people don’t realise the direct link between what they choose to consume and the effect on their skin. This is totally understandable, because unless you’re a health nut or nutritionist, how are you supposed to know that that sugary donut is the reason for that big ol’ conker on your chin this morning?
Your Skin Manifests What You Eat
Everything you eat affects your skin cells internally, and manifests externally. So if you eat a diet rich in greasy, processed foods, then you are likely to suffer with a greasy skin that is prone to frustrating blemishes. Sugar breaks down collagen leading to an aged skin, and too much salt can cause your skin to look dehydrated and dull, you’re probably getting the idea now.
So you’ll probably agree that drinking lots of water will keep your skin hydrated and plump, but what will happen if you ditch the artificial ingredients and fast food, and opt for whole, fresh foods instead?
Keep reading to find out which foods you need to add into your diet, for a skin that glows with a youthful radiance!
Antioxidants are your skin’s best defense against free radicals, which cause cellular damage and come in the form of smoking, pollution, UV rays and a poor diet. Antioxidants help to prevent aged skin caused by free radicals, and will leave your skin glowing, clear and smooth.
Aim to eat a rainbow of colorful veggies and fruit to obtain an array of antioxidants needed to nourish your skin cells. Orange vegetables, in particular, contain a very powerful antioxidant called beta-carotene, which is essential for a healthy skin, and will really bring out your inner radiance.
If you enjoy Brazil nuts on a regular basis, then you’re well on your way to beautiful skin, as just 4 nuts provide you with your recommended daily allowance for the day! Selenium is a potent antioxidant, that works alongside antioxidant vitamins, including Vitamin E and C to boost your immune system and protect against age spots, skin cancer and damage from the sun. Other sources of selenium include wheat germ, which is great added to smoothies, eggs and fish.
Before you go order a fatty meal, just realize that we are talking about healthy fats, not the unhealthy kind. We’re talking about the kinds of fat you find in coconut oil, avocados and flaxseed to name a few. Healthy fats act as a natural moisturizer for your skin, keeping it beautifully hydrated. Fats also provide anti-inflammatory properties to reduce redness and inflammation in the skin and provide a more even skin tone.
Last, but not least, we recommend drinking at least 8 glasses of pure, filtered water every single day. Water flushes toxins out of your system, and keeps your skin cells hydrated, so that you never look dull!