22 Apr Skin Care and Nutrition: You Are What You Eat
You are what you eat. We’ve all heard it, but just because it’s a cliché doesn’t mean it’s not true when it comes to the foods we eat and how they affect our bodies. Of course, it is important to eat properly to maintain a healthy weight, but it goes well beyond pounds. What you eat can affect every system in your body, including the body’s largest organ: the skin. But which foods help your skin and which harm your skin? Let’s find out.
What Not To Eat
It seems only fitting that the first issue we address is chocolate. You’ve heard it many times before: Chocolate causes breakout. On the flip side, you may have heard that the chocolate issue is a myth and has no real connection with your skin. So, which one is right? Well, both. Kind of. While there has been no link to chocolate itself, research has linked high levels of sugar and dairy to hormone changes. These hormone changes can lead to a higher risk of breakouts. So, what is a girl to do? If you are a dark chocolate lover, you are in luck. Dark chocolate has less sugar and dairy, so it contains fewer hormone-changing ingredients. Unfortunately for you lovers of milk chocolate and white chocolate, you may want to seriously cut down on the consumption of both to clear up your skin.
So, we know that sugar and dairy can be harmful to the skin, but what else should you stay away from? The next food that may be hurting your skin is refined white flour found in white bread and traditional pastas. Why? Your body treats refined white flour as sugar, and these foods can result in an increase in your stress hormone cortisol, which can cause more breakouts.
Lastly, foods that are high in animal fat can also cause hormone changes like dairy and sugar do, so if you are worried about your skin, limit the amount of high-fat animal products you are consuming. The worse offender of these is high-fat beef and pork.
What to Gobble Up
So, now we know what we shouldn’t eat, let’s talk about what will have positive effects on our skin. The first food that will help your skin is fish. The Omega-3 fatty acids that are found in fish have the ability to help your skin look firmer. That is because these fatty acids help strengthen skin membranes.
Next, make sure you are serving up more vegetables on your plate. Vegetables have the ability to help lessen the amount of wrinkles you are seeing in your skin. How, you ask? Vegetables have antioxidants in them that neutralize the free radicals that can contribute to wrinkles.
Now, we know we told you that animal fat was bad for your skin because it causes hormone changes and can lead to more breakouts. But if you haven’t heard this before, you should know all fats are not created equal. This statement is very relevant to your skincare and diet because consuming the fat in nuts and natural oils, like olive oil, can benefit your skin. These types of fats help your skin, similar to the way Omega-3 fatty acids do, and will keep your skin smooth and firm. Also, many nuts are high in Vitamin E, which can benefit your eyesight.
There you have it. Now you know what foods to pile on your plate to help your skin and which foods present potential for facial disaster. And hey, eliminating some of those foods might benefit not only your skin but also your waistline.