Nutrition and Skin Care

There have not been a lot of studies on the direct correlation between what you eat and how it impacts your skin.  There is not a lot of information out there but I will share with you what I know from education and experience.

All bodily functions are related to diet, including your skin.  Don’t forget the skin is the largest organ of the body so what you put into your body is a direct reflection of the appearance of your skin.  That’s why good skin care is a must.

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Having a balanced diet that includes brightly colored fruits and vegetables (think blueberries, grapefruit, spinach, kale) helps your skin stay youthful and bright.  When talking about diet it gets complicated with macronutrients, fatty acids, monosaccharides,  and a bunch of other stuff that gets a little too scientific for me.  I hate science.

What I can explain is that antioxidants are great for the skin, as well as staying hydrated.  Even if you drink enough water your skin can still become dehydrated, which is why the right diet and products are a necessity.  When it comes to diet its hard to narrow down which foods are bad for you but I came up with a list of some things to avoid that could help your skin:

  • Too much salt or coffee could lead to dehydrated skin
  • Eating too much dairy may cause breakouts.  This is a theory that hasn’t been scientifically proven but when I eat too much dairy I break out so I believe it.
  • Smoking also leads to dehydrated skin.
  • Gluten – some may have a sensitivity to gluten, which could cause issues with skin.
  • Certain medications or illnesses could have an impact on skin as well.
  • Insulin may play a role in acne so keeping your blood sugar steady may help in the health of your skin.

Basically follow what your doctor always tells you:  eat right and exercise.  And add good skin care products into the mix and you should be ok.  I wish I had a more definitive answer between the correlation of nutrition and skin care but there’s not much research that has been conducted.  But pay attention to your body and what you put into it.  If you notice a breakout after eating a certain food, try taking it out of your diet completely and see what happens.

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