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Your skin is a reflection of your body’s overall health. When your skin looks dull and unkept it could be caused as a result of a poor diet, no exercise or bad skincare habits. Today we are going to tackle a healthy diet for natural glowing skin.
All skin is different and it should be treated as such. A balanced diet is necessary for all skin types but certain foods can cause breakouts for already oily skin and certain foods can cause dehydration for already dry skin. So what should we include in our diet and what should we avoid? We’ve broken it down for your particular skin type so we can all achieve that effortless glow that we see celebrities have.
A healthy balanced diet is all you need with the normal skin type. Foods from different groups such as cereals, pulses, nuts, fruits and vegetables, low fat dairy, eggs and meat in the right proportions are all you need to achieve that healthy natural glow. Also, make sure to include those colourful fruits and veggies to get all the anti oxidants you need.
Foods to cut down on or avoid as much as possible are processed and refined foods and sugars. Instead choose complex carbs, fibre rich and whole grain foods and drink 1.5-2 litres of water daily.
For an oily skin complexion it’s important for you to avoid foods high in sugars and fats. Foods high in carbohydrates as well induce a process called glycation which can result in your skin creating excess oil on your skin. It’s important for people with oily skin types to realize that oily skin doesn't translate to hydrated skin. In fact you could have dehydrated and excessive oil production on skin simultaneously! Make sure to keep hydrated by drinking a lot of water, smoothies and juices and avoid sugary aerated drinks all together.
What you should incorporate are foods rich in antioxidants such as blueberries, spinach, strawberries, oranges, tomatoes, carrots and other colorful fruits and veggies. Foods rich in Omega 3 fatty acids should also include such as salmon, tuna, sardines and mackerel (if you aren't vegan or vegetarian) as well as walnuts, almonds, avocados. These are healthy fats that will not increase the oil production on your skin.
Dry Skin is a result of your skin not producing enough sebum (oil) but can be helped with a diet rich in healthy fats and fatty acid. These fatty acids will help strengthen your skins natural oil-retaining barriers. Foods that should be included in your diet include Omega 3 fatty acids like flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, safflower oil, soya oil, canola, walnuts, salmon, sardines, etc.
Make sure to avoid alcohol or caffeine as they lead to dehydration in skin.
Combination skin requires that you change your diet according to how your skin feels. For example during the winter months if you feel your skin tighten and get dry you could change your diet to that of someone with Dry Skin and in hot months or when you feel your skin is excessively oily, you would need to change your diet to that of someone with Oily Skin.