We all know that our systems are influenced by what we eat. So why do we seem to overlook how our diet impacts our skin? Sure, we’ve heard people complain about how ~dairy~ breaks them out, but what breaks you out? Yes, dairy is inflammatory- which really means that it contains an abundance of saturated fats. It doesn’t mean that our skin will necessarily respond negatively to it: our skin is as unique as the rest of our bodies and lives. Instead of looking at what we can remove from our diets, I like to focus on what good foods we can add in. Little by little, the things that aren’t serving you will be pushed out of rotation. It truly is the little things we do daily that add up to being our lives. Below are a few skin loving foods you can start eating right now!
Healthy fats- These are the building blocks of healthy cell membranes, and they are used to produce the skin's natural oil barrier- which is key to keeping skin hydrated and plump. Try adding avocado, fish, extra virgin olive oil, or nuts to your daily grazing.
Sweet potato and carrots- These foods contain beta carotene (it’s what makes them orange!). It aids the skin by acting as a natural sunblock, and provides a natural warm glow. They are also rich in vitamin A, which prevents breakouts and speeds up healing of the ones you may already have.
Red peppers- These are superbly high in vitamin C, which is needed to synthesize the protein collagen. Collagen is responsible for keeping skin firm and elastic. We’ve seen collagen supplements on every corner, but if we can, we should first and foremost give our bodies the supplies to produce it naturally.
Tomatoes- Tomatoes are high in carotenoids, which is a type of antioxidant. They also contain lycopene, which protects the skin against sun damage. Consider pairing these with a source of fat, such as olive oil. Fat increases the body's ability to absorb carotenoids.
Green tea- Green tea contains powerful compounds called catechins, which work to improve the health of your skin by protecting it from damage and aging.
Cocoa- Cocoa is jam packed with antioxidants. In fact, it’s more powerful than acai, blueberries, and cranberries. It helps to improve the elasticity of your skin, and can be used inside and out.
Food is a fundamental tool for helping your skin, and that’s how we should be looking at it. The more good we add to our diet, the less space we’ll find we have for the things that don’t serve us. This view has completely changed my thought patterns, which changed my life. And all of that combined- is what finally led to changing my skin.