Healthy, thriving skin is something everyone longs for. Often it can seem impossible to achieve such healthy skin. You’ve tried countless face washes, toners, primers, facial sprays, and treatments, but there are still new surfacing pimples, highly visible pores, and redness appearing on your skin.
If this is the case for you, it might be time to take a new approach to find a solution for healthy skin. What you eat, and fuel your body with, affects the skin’s health more than you know. There are certain diets that will greatly improve your skin, along with the rest of your overall health.
I know, the word diet can often hold a scary connotation, but, trust me, it’s not that scary. Simply cut out some foods that dump toxins into your body, and replace them with more replenishing options that will do wonders for your complexion.
“Everything you eat becomes a part of not only your inner being but the outer fabric of your body as well. The healthier the foods are that you consume, the better your skin will look,” says Samantha Heller, MS, RD, a clinical nutritionist at NYU Medical Center in New York City.
Simple Diet Tips for Healthy Skin
Drink Plenty of Water
Now, this might seem like the most basic piece of advice for achieving a healthy skin, but there’s a reason why. Your skin is made up of cells, which are made up of water. Without water, your cells are not equipped to function properly and look their best.
When the body consumes more unhealthy liquids, like soda or sweet tea, the skin is not being provided with its necessary nutrients to function properly. Drinking water will give your skin the necessary nutrients to thrive, be hydrated, and be healthy. Drinking enough water makes sure that your body releases the unwanted toxins which are accumulated over time. With this regular regime, you will get rid of acne, pimples, blemishes from your face and skin, thus having a smoother skin with a glow.
Cut Down on Dairy
If you struggle with bursts of pimples or acne on your face, you might want to consider ditching it altogether. “Consuming milk and dairy products have been shown to disrupt bowel function, This creates toxicity, which eventually shows up on your skin. Thus try giving your dairy intake a miss for some days and then see the difference.
Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
This might seem like another cliche piece of advice, but there is a reason behind it. Fruits and vegetables contain large amounts of water, which, as previously stated, equips the skin’s cells with the ingredients to thrive.
Fruits and vegetables also lack unhealthy ingredients and chemicals that are in most canned, pre-packaged and processed foods. This means that they don’t put impurities into the body, like most other foods.
Cut out Junk Food From Your Daily Diet
Understandably everyone is going to eat a candy bar or bag of chips every now and then. However, cutting back on your junk food intake will increase your skin’s health immensely. Junk foods are mostly made up of artificial flavorings and harmful additives that clog the skin’s pores with unbeneficial oils and toxins. Cutting out junk foods and replacing them with more natural, nutritious foods is guaranteed to do wonders for your skin.
Eat Dark Chocolate
Did I just say chocolate… Yes, I did! This might just be the easiest diet tip to follow through with considering what you actually have to do- eat chocolate. Now, I’m not suggesting that you make dark chocolate another main food group in your diet, but definitely replace some desserts and other chocolates with dark chocolate.
Dark chocolate is chocolate made out of at least 70% cocoa. This means that there is much less added processed sugars or additives that add to the majority of unhealthy aspects in other chocolate. Eating more dark chocolate can actually improve your skin’s health, and isn’t too hard on the stomach either!
Use More Spices
The next time you’re about to add an extra tablespoon of butter to the recipe you’re preparing for additional flavor, think again. Substitute that butter for turmeric, paprika, ginger, chili pepper, or garlic. Along with adding more flavor to a dish, it will also benefit the skin. Spices hold many antioxidants that rid the body of toxins that fill the skin with impurities and blemishes. These antioxidants will result in glowing, clear skin possessing minimal pores.
So, the next time you reach for junk food full of fatty acids or preservatives, think again. Replace those Cheetos with an apple, or that cup of iced tea with a cup of water, and just wait for the wondrous effects on your skin!
Keeping your skin healthy, young, and glowing does not necessarily mean using expensive cosmetics, creams, and lotions; by following these simple lifestyle changes which are easy to follow, you can make dull and lifeless skin glow.