The quality of our food is a major factor in the care and beauty of our skin. Long before cosmetics, what you eat is the first beauty gesture.
Whether you desire to maintain your skin looking healthy and young with a glowing complexion, or silky hair, learn to make the right food choices.
Below is some nutritional advice that you can easily implement, depending on your skin type and needs:
Dry, dehydrated skin needs water (rich in minerals if possible) and good fats. The regular consumption of green tea or water-rich vegetables like cucumber will help maintain the skin’s hydration. Key tip: always have a bottle of water handy. The incorporation of healthy fats into your diet such as the ones you find in certain fish (salmon, herring, sardines) and in foods like avocado, almonds, eggs, and certain oils (olive, wheat) provide excellent sources of beneficial fats.
Acne-prone skin can rebalance itself with the removal of sugars (white rice, cakes, syrups, etc.) that raise insulin levels and stimulate sebum production. Also, reduce your intake of dairy products.
Mature skin needs eggs, fatty fish, various seasoning oils, and antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables that act as a barrier to radicals. Antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables include:
strawberries, grapes, raspberries, blueberries, cabbage, spinach, and more. Vitamin C-rich fruits and vegetables (lemons, oranges, cabbage, spinach, tomatoes, and peaches) are also very beneficial in the treatment of aging skin.
Reactive skin that is sensitive to the slightest ray of sunshine or the cold will need nutrients to cope with these aggressive elements. To help mitigate sensitivity, consume fermented foods and fibers (yogurt, kombucha, probiotics, etc.) as well as grape seed (oils) and nuts. Do not forget the antioxidant-rich “colored” vegetables (tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, red fruits, grapes) which help the skin to regain its elasticity and fight against aggressions.
° Think of eating dried fruits which provide protein, vitamins, and minerals.
° Adopt raw vegetables as they retain all their vitamins.
° Cut back on alcohol, sugars, and bad fats.
° Avoid tobacco, sun exposure, and stress.
Beautify your life! Eat well…the first step to having a beautiful complexion!