Happy Diet, Happy Skin? Wait What?
Here are some tips, if your skin is not improving, no matter what you apply. It might not be what you’re putting on the outside, but what you’re putting on the inside!
Consume Oily fish like salmon or tuna
Beauty benefit: Youthful Skin
Eating fish provides your body with biotin, a B vitamin that, among its many functions, produces fatty acids and metabolizes amino acids (the building blocks of protein). A deficiency of biotin can cause, among other things, scaly skin—which, clearly, no one wants.
Beauty benefit: Dewy skin
Eat-right evidence: Skin cells contain mostly water, so it only makes sense to drink up on H20! Hello! Our bodies are made up of 70% water. What makes you think you can get a great complexion without feeding your body what it needs most! Aim for at least 70 oz of water a day.
Beauty Benefit: Less Acne
Guys. Really. Milk = Pregnant Cows = Hormones = Excess Sebum = Acne. Simple as that. Give it a week, you’ll see the difference.
Still don’t believe it? In 2005, researchers studied data from the famous Nurses Health Study II, and found that participants who drank more milk as teens had much higher rates of severe acne than those who had little or no milk as teens.
Beauty Benefit: Less ACNE!
You may have already suspected that sugar is related to breakouts. Some studies now suggest that there may be a link. This doesn’t mean that if you eat a cookie you’re going to get a pimple. It comes down to how much sugar you’re eating in a day—particularly at any one time. If you consume a soda and a candy bar, for example, you’re likely spiking your blood sugar levels, and you could break out hours later. If you suspect sugar could be a culprit for you, try to cut back even by one sugary drink a day to notice a difference.
High-glycemic foods: These are foods that break down quickly in the body, triggering an insulin spike and raising blood sugar levels. They trigger hormonal fluctuations and inflammation—both of which encourage acne. We’re talking foods like white bread, processed breakfast cereals, white rice, pretzels, potato chips, cookies and cakes, etc. Choose low glycemic-index foods instead, like vegetables, whole grains, sweet potatoes, and most fruits.
Avoid Junk food:
Beauty Benefit: EVERYTHING.
For the same reasons stated above (hormonal fluctuations, blood sugar levels), junk foods are on the list to avoid if you’re trying to clear up your skin. Even if the skin change is minimal, the difference in the scale won’t be.