Makeup and skincare can go some way towards improving your complexion but the healthiest glow comes from inside as well as out.
And, no, we’re not just talking happy thoughts (though those are important too), we’re talking proper nutrition and a well-balanced diet.
Though everyone reacts differently to different foods, we’ve gathered some of the most common complexion boosters to help you put together your own recipe for healthy, glowing skin.
The Dos and Don’ts of a Healthy Skin Diet
- Eat less sugar – We all love a good sugar scrub but the sweet stuff just doesn’t do our skin any favours from the inside. Sugar causes inflammation in the skin, which attacks collagen and causes sagging and wrinkles. Cut down on saccharin foods to protect your bounce.
- Drink more water – Dehydration is a real skin killer. Water provides our skin with vital moisture that prevents wrinkling and oiliness so invest in a water bottle that you can keep sipping from throughout the day.
- Drink less alcohol – Many of us recognise the dull, sallow skin tinge that comes with a bad hangover. Alcohol is a diuretic, which means it can rapidly dehydrate your skin, leading to puffiness, dark circles, and premature ageing. Very sweet drinks can also cause acne and blemishes.
- Fewer processed foods, more fresh ingredients – Processed foods are full of salt and sugar and, as we’ve already mentioned, neither of those are food for your skin. Cooking your own meals with fresh produce gives you more control over what you’re putting into your body.
- Less dairy – Lots of acne sufferers swear by cutting out dairy so, if you’re prone to blemishes, it could be worth a shot. Milk and dairy products contain proteins that can cause inflammation, as well as spot-stimulating sugars. These days, there are so many dairy alternatives on the market that cutting down is easier than ever.
- Green tea – Drinking coffee might wake us up but too much caffeine can trigger an excess of stress hormones that wreak havoc on our skin. Get your caffeine fix from green tea instead; it contains heaps of antioxidants and vitamins that improve elasticity and fight inflammation and breakouts.
- Green leafy vegetables – Talking of antioxidants, green leafy veg like kale or spinach are packed with detoxing ingredients such as vitamins and carotenoids. These will boost your digestion and get you glowing from the inside.
- Berries and citrus fruits – These tasty fruits are a great way to enjoy a sweet treat without filling up on detrimental processed sugar. They also contain a hit of antioxidants and vitamin C that enhances collagen production, maintaining your skin’s natural bounce.
Hopefully those tips should go some way towards filling your recipe book but, if you feel like you need a bit of extra help, don’t hesitate to take a look at our products or get in touch with our team today