In this era where we are focusing more on youthful looks and beauty due to our longer life span, we often concentrate the fire on the cosmetic products or other laser treatments etc. There is actually another critical factor that also determines how good we look – and that is the food we eat.
And it is not just eating organic food, or whole and natural food, and holding those process foods in disdain. It is about eating for your skin type.
As you may know, there are a number of skin types that people belong to – dry skin, sensitive, oily, combination. So there are particular foods that you may or may not consume, the reason being that the absorption of certain compounds in the food have a detrimental effect on the skin. For instance, the common example is fried food. Our skin needs healthy fats in order to be supple and the best condition. However fried food, in those saturated fats and oils, can cause cellular damage to the dermis and epidermis layers.
At the same time, processed foods spiked the blood sugar, causing your body to increase insulin production. This then increases production of skin oils, thereby contributing to clogging of the skin follicles, acne etc.
Here’s some basic information regarding what you should eat for your skin type:
Dry/sensitive skin – Avocados benefit your skin because they contain omega-9 fatty acids which can reduce redness or irritation on the skin. Fruits like raspberries are recommended due to their high antioxidant and vitamin levels. Stay away from foods such as dairy, sugar, wheat as they contribute to inflammation. Sardines, trout are recommended for their omega fatty acids too. For healthy snacks, munch on almonds and cashews.
Oily skin – Dark leafy vegetables are recommended because they are high in antioxidants and can alleviate wrinkles. Fresh herbs such as basil, oregano and thyme are beneficial to individuals with oily skin because they are rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents. Blueberries and black berries, and green tea are all also good for the skin.
Combination-type skin – A suitable diet for such type of skin includes fresh greens (broccoli, spinach etc), lean protein and fruits. Water is also required, as for other types, to thoroughly hydrate the skin. Chicken, wild-caught salmon, eggs and brown rice are also beneficial.
At the end of the day, do remember to eat in moderation. Steer clear of processed foods if you can. Your skin is yours to upkeep for the best glow ever, and you can always look good and attractive if you put your heart – and appetite – to it.
I stay away from things that I know break me out – I am weirdly allergic to mango and almonds. I take evening primrose and supplements that have EFA fatty acids in them to just balance out my hormones and skin, and I take a lot of vitamin C. I drink a lot of water, try to eat really organic, and try to eat things that benefit my skin.
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