Having the perfect complexion relates more to what foods you eat rather than what skin care products you use. It is always a bonus using a recommended body and facial scrub, but the main thing is to make sure that you have a varied, healthy diet. When the phrase ‘healthy diet’ gets thrown around, it doesn’t just mean a fad diet that you go on for a few weeks or months to lose a few pounds. Fad diets are in fact, worse for your skin as it isn’t getting the nutrients that it needs to keep all the spots and blemishes at bay.
A healthy diet is a good lifestyle, making sure that you drink your daily amount of 2 liters of water or more a day, or having a quarter or more vegetables on your plate with a scrumptious home-cooked meal. Obviously, with a healthy diet you don’t deprive yourself of all goodies that you enjoy, or else you would end up binge eating junk, but everything in moderation is okay.
For example, most slimming groups recommend small amounts of chocolate and other ‘unhealthy’ foods in moderation throughout the week, or other diet consultants recommend one cheat meal a week to keep your healthy lifestyle on track. To maintain a healthy lifestyle and a perfect complexion there needs to be an equal balance so that you don’t feel as though you’re constantly eating rabbit food or working out and unable to socialize with friends.
The famous quote: you are what you eat is entirely true. If you eat meals such as take-out each day rather than a freshly home cooked meal which is low in carbohydrates and fats, then your body and skin will start to reflect this.
It is harder to end up breaking a cycle than creating a new one, admittedly, but it can still be done with determination and a little hard work. Start with small milestones, working up to larger goals, and your body and skin will start to look so much better and healthier. Results will not happen immediately, whether you have skin that is dry, oily, or blemished. Like most things, the repair will take some time. Depending on where you look, there is an abundance of varied opinions on which foods, or super foods, are the best to eat to improve your skin and health.
The first step would be to change things in your shopping cart from full fat to low or lowered fat. The taste isn’t that different, and you may find that you enjoy it more. You can apply this to most foods and drinks, the more sugar, and saturated fats that you cut out the more your skin will thank you in the long run.
Another thing to incorporate more into your dietary needs is vitamins, in particular, vitamin A. Experts say that the health of our skin cells is dependent on dietary vitamin A. These can be found in all dairy products as they are rich in vitamin A. Fruits are always a satisfying go-to snack, all fruits are healthy, but it is the same with anything, in moderation.
The five a day is a ballpark to aim for, upping your vitamin intake as well as other skin essentials such as antioxidants. Fruits such as, blueberries, blackberries plums and strawberries are said to have a high content of antioxidants in comparison to other fruits. The antioxidants and other phytochemicals in the above fruits can protect cells from damage from various things.
In addition to vitamins, a higher intake of healthy oils and essential fatty acids will help revitalize your skin. Anything with a high omega-3 or omega-6 content is terrific for your skin and health. Some of the best sources for omega-3 are fish, walnuts, and flax seed oil. Up your daily intake of water. Most people do not meet the daily consumption of 2liters or more, meaning they are dehydrated which will take its toll on your skin.
By hitting the daily intake, you ensure your skin is hydrated and that your body can flush out any toxins that are unnecessary to your health. Furthermore, as nasty as it seems, your body will end up sweating more which helps your skin clean and clarify itself. It can initially take a minimum of six weeks for a new layer of skin to replace damaged parts, so when changing your diet to a healthier lifestyle bear in mind the timescales.
Different nutrients from certain foods can help treat and prevent skin conditions flare up, below is some advice about skin conditions from a nutritionist.
Acne – This condition is caused by an infection and inflammation of the sebaceous glands of the skin. It can be controlled and avoided by cutting down on foods that are high in sugar, or otherwise commonly known as junk food. Psoriasis – A skin condition that appears as red patches with silvery scales, the spots can spread rapidly on the outer layers of skin by the proliferation of cells. It can be extremely itchy and painful, in worse cases, it makes the skin crack and bleed.
There are various causes of this condition but to prevent it add more fatty acids into your diet, include foods low in saturated fats and anti-inflammatory herbs. Eczema – This usually starts as patchy redness on the skin, often the hands, but can appear anywhere on the body. There are many triggers for eczema,but in simple terms, it is caused by food sensitivity. A way to help and reduce the skin condition would be to include: Omega-3, Vitamin E, and zinc in your diet. Your skin can be rejuvenated and beautiful once more, through the nourishment it needs from the correct foods.
Older skin cells are shed continuously, being replaced by younger delicate skin. Eat the proper balance of healthy foods and your skin will have the vital nutrients it needs to stay soft and blemish free.