Introducing guest blogger, Katrina Rice. Katrina is a mom and a freelance writer. She strongly believes in the concept of holistic wellness through healthy and natural living, traveling and immersing one’s self in new activities. A self-proclaimed health enthusiast, she hopes to inspire more people to do the same. In this post, Katrina is talking about choices you can make to your diet that will help promote healthier skin!
Skin is the largest and the most exposed part in the body. It acts as a primary protective barrier to shield us from harsh external pollutants, toxins and pathogens. And because it is the most seen part of the body, a good, radiant and glowing complexion becomes a symbol of beauty.
The keep-up of a youthful-looking skin can be exhausting. For some women, they have to apply staggering amounts of beauty products just to make their skin enjoyable to watch. With the ridiculous expectations that the media has brought about in the concept of beauty, it is very easy to get carried away with all the products that claim to give you a youthful skin.
According to Dr. Jessica Wu, dermatologist at the Dr. Jessica Wu SkinCare Clinic, who also wrote her own guide on how eating healthy is connected to beauty; “What you put inside your body is as important as the products you apply on your skin”. Healthy food is digested and broken down to amino acids, vitamins and minerals which can all be absorbed and help build a healthy skin.
This means that engaging in crush diets, eating harmful junk such as fast food and processed food will not bring any benefit to the health of your skin. It will not be as radiant and supple as you would like it to be. Instead, eat more lean proteins like turkey and chicken. These healthy proteins can help build more collagen and when collagen production increases, your skin becomes stronger and smoother – which produces the supple texture you so much crave for.
The founder of the Beauty Guru NYC Jessica Crescenzi also says that her clients have one common complaint – they are still breaking out despite all their strict morning and night skin care rituals. When this happens, you can tell that the main culprit of their skin issues is their diet and lifestyle. According to Crescenzi, whatever goes in your gut will rapidly show in your skin.
Below are some pointers regarding your diet that needs to be addressed for a better skin:
Top Up With Health Boosting Vitamins and Supplements
Caspero recommends to choose food options that are “skin-strengthening”. A few examples of that are sardines, tuna, mackerel, flaxseeds, walnuts and chia seeds. These products are rich sources in omega-3 and other antioxidant elements that fight free-radicals that cause skin aging.
Citrus fruits, kale, broccoli, bell peppers and strawberries are great sources of water-soluble vitamins which can boost collagen production. If you feel like eating more fruits and vegetables are not for you, substituting it with quality multivitamins can help too.
Another top-up is to include more selection of spices in your meals. Most of us think that fruits and vegetables are the best antioxidant sources, but they are not. Herbs and spices pack the hardest punch. Turmeric, now produced as supplements is considered to be one of the best. If you find the spice to be too pungent, you can take its pill form.
Make sure to find a top rated turmeric supplement to get its full benefits. Read testimonials and reviews to see how many satisfied customers the brand has before buying.
Choose A Low-Sugar Diet
Alex Caspero, a registered nutrition and dietetics expert says that “A low-glycemic diet shows to be more beneficial to an acne-prone skin”. Replace sugar with nutrient-dense foods like fruits and vegetables. Eat more fish as protein source as they contain omega-3, a fatty acid that helps tone down skin inflammation.
Dr. Wu also states that the biggest offender of all is protein bars. A protein bar is essentially a bar of sugar. These kinds of snacks will cause sugar spikes in your blood stream disturbing healthy levels of insulin to soar up. This kind of metabolic activity can aggravate rashes, acne and wrinkles.
If you are hungry and in need of a bite, snack on almonds, nuts or whole fruits. They are filling and better for your skin.
Stick To Non-Dairy Products
Caspero recommends to completely remove dairy for the time being. This method is still controversial but many professionals are now joining the bandwagon. The hypothesis here is that the majority of the milk that is sold in the US come from pregnant cows.
Pregnant cows have increased hormone levels in their milk that plays a role in excess sebum production – the major cause of acne breakouts. The same goes with eggs and other animal products that are influenced with androgen or other hormonal mediators.