We all know that skin can sometimes be a reflection of your health. Whilst factors including genetics, hormones, medication, stress, pollutants, sun exposure and products all play a part in our skin’s appearance, what we eat shows on our faces too.
Obviously everyone’s skin is unique and as much as many beauty products don’t suit all, certain foods might not either, but there are some steps Jennifer recommends sticking to for nourished skin and a rejuvenated complexion. Here are her ‘5 skin sins’ you should try to avoid committing:
Busy lives in general may cause dehydration if we are running ‘here, there and everywhere’ we may forget to drink as many fluids as we need to. Excessive alcohol consumption as well may leave skin looking dull. When we drink alcohol, our bodies not only get rid of water but vitamins as well. This includes vitamin A which repairs the structure of the skin and maintains the hydration. S
Staying well hydrated can help to smooth out wrinkles; skin will appear brighter and younger. If you drink alcohol do so in moderation and when you do drink water as well. Try adding juicy lemons and limes or mint to keep water interesting as well as herbal teas.
We are made up of around 50% – 75% water and we actually need a healthy amount of salt in order to retain this so it is not all bad. However, excessive consumption, especially table salt, means that we retain a lot more water than we should. This can lead to puffiness and swelling of the skin.
Try to avoid eating foods high in salt â€“ go by taste, cook from fresh so you know how much salt you are eating and always check food labels if you do buy pre-packaged food. Natural sea salts instead of refined table salt are a good alternative.
Oily fried foods can contain lots of hidden fat which may have a negative impact on the skin. Research shows that fatty fried foods can contribute to irritants building up underneath the skin’s oil glands and hair follicles which in turn can be a cause of acne.
A diet rich in natural whole foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans is recommended and make sure you also eat a rainbow of colour ensuring variety of nutrients in your diet.
Skin isn’t the only organ that benefits from eliminating fried foods as hair may also benefit.
The Glycaemic Index (GI) is a rating of how fast sugar is released. Things like chocolate bars, biscuits and fizzy drinks have a higher index which causes blood sugar levels to spike. These can lead to excess inflammation and also produces enzymes that break down collagen â€“ and as this is what keeps our skin looking smooth we don’t want this to happen!
Try to avoid food and drinks high in refined sugar or eat them in moderation. Use natural sugars such as honey and coconut palm sugar instead. Try low GI options like berries, cherries, mangoes and pineapple to get your sugar hit â€“ let’s not pretend we don’t sometimes need a quick fix.
Not only does it make us look and feel good with a burst of endorphins â€“ exercise can affect our skin positively too. Exercise promotes a healthy circulation of oxygen and nutrients to the skin and also carries any waste products away. This helps to heal and slow down the ageing process.MYNEWSHUB