You can start caring for your skin by making better choices about the foods you consume. Go easy on the ones that are best avoided and load up on the healthy choices.
Best Foods To Eat
Foods rich in antioxidant properties will have a significant impact on your skin. Free radicals caused by pollution and UV radiation attack skin cells and cause DNA damage. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, protecting your skin from environmental stressors like UV light, cigarette smoke and pollution. Cranberries, blueberries, and blackberries are ranked highest among the fruits studied. Beans, artichokes, and russet potatoes are tops among the vegetables. Pecans, walnuts, and hazelnuts are ranked highest in the nut category. In general, antioxidant rich foods originate from the plant kingdom while meat, fish and other foods from the animal kingdom are low in antioxidants.
Oats are packed full of antioxidants and have been found to be anti-inflammatory. Wild rice (it's actually a grass and not a rice) and gluten-free grains like quinoa and brown rice are also good.
Non-processed carbs like sweet potatoes are full of beta-carotene, a super-charged antioxidant that helps repair skin cells and slows down skin cancer cells. It helps give skin a youthful glow while preventing aging. They also are full of vitamin C, which helps stimulate collagen production.
Foods to avoid
High glycemic foods like white breads, highly processed foods, pastas and cakes, and even corn syrup can cause rapid spikes in blood sugar. Straight sugar can be problematic for the skin in much the same way. High blood sugar can weaken the skin by affecting tissues like collagen and leave you more vulnerable to lines and wrinkles.
Milk has been linked with acne breakouts.The main culprits are the hormones and milk proteins found in milk, which can clog pores. One of the most harmful milk proteins is whey, which is often found in protein supplements like bars and shakes. Cutting out dairy may do a lot for your acne-prone skin. Swapping cow milk for one of the almond variety. It's dairy-free and low on the glycemic index. Almond milk is also high in protein, which helps keep your skin, hair and nails healthy and strong. If you have a nut allergy, you might try coconut milk.
Alcohol is a natural diuretic, which means the more you drink, the more dehydrated you become. It saps the natural moisture from your skin as well, which can make those wrinkles and fine lines seem like bigger deals. It can also trigger rosacea to flare.
High salt in your diet leads to water retention causing puffy, unhealthy looking skin. Salty foods cause your body to hold onto water, resulting in a puffy face and the appearance of under-eye bags. Iodized salt is especially bad for skin in high doses, as it has been shown to aggravate acne. Also foods naturally high in iodine like shrimp, crab, lobster, seaweed and spinach can aggravate acne.
Avoid soap for washing your face
Soap has a pH of 10.5, whereas your skin is happy at 5.5. Putting your facial skin through this chemical reaction every morning is not loving your skin. None of Botanic Organic's cleansers contain soap.
Take advantage of sun blocks to shield skin from the free-radical damage of the sun’s rays. Prolonged sun exposure not only burns the surface of the skin but contributes to subdermal free radical damage and an increased risk of skin cancer. Think about ditching the chemically laden sunscreens and replace them with all-natural, reef friendly products. Zinc oxide based sun blocks protect against both UVA and UVB light rays. Unlike chemical sunscreens, zinc oxide is a non-toxic, powdered mineral which also helps calm skin irritations and soothe rashes.
Read the ingredient list
Make it a habit to read the ingredient lists on your personal care products so that you know if what you are using is safe and effective. You can use reputed sites like CIR and EWG to search for information on ingredients.
Making just a few changes to your daily habits can give skin the loving boost it needs to look it’s best.