The state of our skin can be determined by many things, But what we eat could mean the difference between good and great skin!
Skin type matters
When compiling your next shopping list, it’s important to consider your skin type and how your skin generally feels and performs. Adding or removing certain foods from your diet could be the answer that you have been looking for to help control your skin problems.
Not to be confused with dehydrated skin, which lacks water, dry skin produces less sebum (oil) than a ‘normal’ skin type. This causes your skin to look dry, cracked and even flaky over your entire body, not just your face. This is due to a lack of lipids to hold on to moisture. Luckily, you can easily help your skin bounce back to a more comfortable state by just adding a few ingredients to your next meal. Include foods that are high in omega-3- and omega-6 fatty acids, such as oily fish (salmon, sardines, tuna and mackerel), linseed- and plant oil (soybean, sunflower, walnut or peanut) to help strengthen the ‘building blocks’ of your skin’s surface and increase hydration from within. Avocados are a great source of vitamins C & E, which help with the dull appearance dry skin usually has, as well as offering protection against free radicals. It also contains sufficient amounts of omega-9 to help repair dry, damaged skin and reduce the irritation and inflammation it often causes. Lastly, choose whole grains instead of processed carbs for a healthy dose of biotin, a B-vitamin that helps with the processing of fats and a crucial component in hydration.
Oily skin doesn’t automatically mean pimples and blemishes, but it does include shine and visible pores. Luckily for skin that is naturally oily, it ages much slower than any other skin type thanks to the overproduction of sebum that keeps skin structure in tact. However, having an oil slick of a T-zone by the time you get to work is no fun. The biggest mistake you can make is to try and dry your skin out by skipping anything that contains moisture. Proper hydration, both inside and out, helps facilitate healthy hormone secretion and flush out toxins, so make sure to drink enough water and eat moisture-packed foods. Foods with a high water content, such as watermelon, spanspek, cucumber, strawberry, tomato and peach, pack a punch when it comes to hydrating from within, along with additional nutrients. While you’re at it, add some bananas to your shopping list to help with detoxifying and, subsequently, helping to diminish the appearance of pores. The fibre in green vegetables such as broccoli, spinach and kale will further help to regulate oil production and hydrate so that skin will be left glowy, not oily.
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