Your Skin and Your Diet
It’s no surprise that diet and skincare go hand in hand - what you put in your body is just as important as what you put on it. I made this discovery a few years ago when I eliminated caffeine from my diet (a huge feat, trust me.) Though physically sluggish at first, I noticed that aesthetically, the skin problems I’d been dealing with since my university years (namely, embarrassing breakouts) had begun to subside. This realization allowed me to reacquaint myself with my skin – a practice everyone should partake in.
The best approach to perfecting your complexion is getting to know your skin type. Without knowing this, you’ll be unable to properly care for your face and skin, which can lead to blemishes, clogged pores and irritation. For each type, there are various items you can add to your diet in order to properly nourish your skin and alleviate any troublesome issues.
For Dry/Sensitive Skin: For sensitive skin, load up on food that is high in Omega-9 fatty acids, which help reduce redness and irritation. Stock up on plenty of berries – raspberries are rich with antioxidants and vitamins and goji berries help in fighting off free radicals in the body. While plenty of vegetables should be incorporated in everyone’s diet, those with dry skin will find kale to be especially beneficial as it helps to maintain the skin’s elasticity.
For Acne-Prone Skin: If you have this skin type, think “clean” and “balanced.” The cleaner your diet, the clearer your skin. Choose foods that are high in fibre that will help cleanse your colon and liver. Seaweed is a natural anti-inflammatory and helps soothe skin, making it particularly helpful for those with red and painful outbreaks. Rich in pectin, apples are a great addition to your diet. The pectin helps eliminate toxins in your body, helping to cleanse your overall system.
For Oily Skin: Oily skin requires a diet that is rich in water, antioxidants and vitamin A. Fruits such as pineapple help improve overall complexion and help prevent acne. Choose dark, leafy green veggies, as they’re high in antioxidants and will help prevent wrinkles. Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A, which can help with a number of skin issues, and also contribute to a beautiful glow. Grab some fresh herbs (such as ginger, rosemary and basil) the next time you’re at the store – these contain high levels of anti-inflammatory agents, giving your skin a healthy appearance.
For Mature Skin: It’s important to eat a lot of lean protein such as nuts, quinoa and oatmeal, which contain Omega-3 fatty acids, protein and fibre which can help strengthen your skin. Quinoa also contains lysine which is a nutrient that helps repair damaged tissue, while nuts are great for collagen production. Add salmon to your diet, which will help with inflammation and reverse signs of aging.