The Better-Skin Diet

It is no secret your skin is affected by what you eat on a daily basis. Dermatologists, experts and dieticians agree that improving your skin starts with a better and more balanced diet.

A breakout can happen up at any time, whether it is after a night of drinking or eating greasy food like pizza. Breakouts can ruin your skin if not properly treated and cleared up, and they sometimes lead to scarring and redness. As foods in your body are broken down into vitamins, minerals and amino acids, they are used to build healthy and strong skin. Your skin gains nothing from highly processed foods with zero nutritional value.

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Keeping your skin’s collagen supple and strong is as easy as adding more protein into your diet. However, protein is not the only nutrient that can make your face and other areas of skin healthy. The following food categories are powerhouses when it comes to creating the perfect balance for preventing damage to skin brought about by greasy food, diseases, environmental stressors and pollutants.

A Quality Probiotic

At first blush, you might not connect a happy stomach with happy skin. However, it makes sense if you think about it. If your stomach cannot digest or utilize the food you are placing into it, then it takes longer to be sent out to the tissues in your body. Having a healthy gut is important to achieving great skin. Probiotics, which is a catchall phrase to cover a collection of beneficial bacteria that promote gut health, are an easy way to make sure you are maintaining a healthy stomach. Probiotics can be found at your local drug store in many forms, such as gummies or capsules.

Non-Inflammatory Foods

Unfortunately, inflammatory foods can be the hardest to cut out of your diet. Additionally, what inflames one body’s systems may not cause the reaction in another. However, the biggest inflammatory food groups are dairy, sugar and certain fats. You can do a quick test to find out what your inflammatory foods are by doing an elimination diet for a few weeks. An elimination diet urges you to remove a certain food group from your diet to test how it affects your body. Try to take out a specific food group, like dairy, to see if it has any negative or positive affect on your body.

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A good time period to test through an elimination diet is about two to three weeks. Once you reintroduce the food group, your body will have an adverse reaction if it is an inflammatory food for you. Adverse reactions could include bloating, gas, lack of energy or headaches. All bodies have different tolerance levels for inflammatory foods.

Dark Chocolate

There are years and years of studies indicating that eating chocolate can actually be a detriment to your skin health. There is one exception to that rule: dark chocolate. Introducing small amounts of high-quality dark chocolate into your diet could act as an anti-inflammatory. Dark chocolate may help stimulate your circulation, ultimately helping your skin’s appearance. The exploration of the link between dark chocolate and healthy skin is ongoing.

Food for Your Face

Not only does putting good food in your body help your skin, but there is food you can put on your face to help too. Below is a list of foods you can test for positive effect on your skin by introducing them in to your daily routine.

  • Honey is a cure-all when it comes to skin. Many companies are now using honey as their main ingredient for their face creams. It’s full of vitamins, allowing it to work effectively on any skin type. Honey may have anti-aging capabilities and may also work as a solvent to sun damage. You can try a do-it-yourself (DIY) face mask with honey added to see if there are benefits for your skin. To make a honey face mask, you can take a teaspoon of warm water and a half teaspoon of honey and mix it together. Then, mix the two together and spread evenly on your face. Leave this mask on for as long as possible before rinsing off with warm water in the sink.
  • Yogurt can be harmful to consume regularly if you are already sensitive to anything with dairy. However, a yogurt milk mask can help hydrate and smooth your skin. Yogurt is slightly acidic, but nourishing, allowing it to be a great solvent for dry and cracked skin.
  • Lemon is known for helping to balance, tighten and rejuvenate your skin. Lemon has antifungal and antibacterial qualities that help to brighten your skin if used regularly. Two good ways to incorporate lemon into your skincare routine are with honey and baking soda. The benefits of honey are listed above. Baking soda has microdermabrasion qualities, which acts as a scrub to leave your skin glowing. This mask is ideal if you are prone to breakouts, blackheads and enlarged pores.

Fruits and Vegetables

Another way to get closer to the skin you are dreaming of is eating the recommended five portions of fruits and vegetables every day. Fruits and vegetables help prevent skin cell damage through antioxidants. Aiming for five portions per day with a rainbow of vegetables can set you up for strong, healthy skin. Vitamin C is found in fruits like oranges, cantaloupes and strawberries. Vitamin C is a great source of antioxidants while supporting your immune system. Vitamin C has been proven to help heal skin blemishes and brighten your skin.

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If you do not enjoy oranges or other fruits and vegetables with a high vitamin C content, you have other options. There are many ways for you to get the appropriate level of vitamin C in your diet. There are vitamin C supplements, like gummies and pills, available at the drug store. You can also buy vitamin C powder to mix into a beverage like water or juice.

Water

Perhaps one of the most important and easy ways to improve your skin through your diet is by consuming water. Skin requires moisture to stay pliable. Dehydration can cause your skin to look dry and worn. The recommended amount of water intake a day is six to eight glasses per day, but experts suggest that you drink water whenever you are thirsty. Purchasing a large water bottle to keep with you is the easiest way to remind yourself to drink water. Adding lemon, cucumber or watermelon to your water can help with flavor and add minerals to hydrate your skin quicker.

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