How Diet Affects Our Skin - Tips to make you glow inside and out.

14/11/2020
by Love Gourmet Club

There are naturally-occurring chemicals in our foods that can contribute to skin dullness, acne, and irritation. Western diets, such as that typical in the UK, often contain a large quantity of these skin-compromising foods. 

Keep reading to learn about how your diet affects your skin.


Sugar

Insulin is produced by the body when we consume sugary foods. Insulin does a great job at contributing to our energy-levels, but unfortunately can lead to our skin producing more oil - this oil is called sebum. 

A build-up of sebum contributes to acne, uneven texture, and black-heads. For this reason, steering clear of a high-sugar diet will improve overall skin-health. You can start by avoiding white rice and bread, as well as white pasta - these food items contain a surprising amount of sugar, and are best eaten in moderation, as opposed to being a staple in your diet.

Antioxidants

Don't worry - it's not all bad news! Dark chocolate has actually been proven to contain antioxidants. Foods containing antioxidants are generally great for our health - and our skin is no exception. Antioxidants will aid with clearing the skin and reducing pigmentation, so you can eat your dark chocolate guilt-free.


Omega-3

Struggle with dry skin in the winter? Give Omega-3 a try; Omega-3 has been hailed for its moisturising properties, which heals and hydrates the skin. Omega-3 containing foods include seafood, flaxseeds, and chia seeds. Tiny black Chia seeds are also known to fight ageing when used as part of a face-mask - double the goodness!


Vegetables

Finally, consuming a balanced and healthy diet, with plenty of fruit and vegetables, will result in great improvement to our body and skin. Making sure that we eat leafy greens, such as spinach, provides us with iron which helps our skin heal - particularly in sore or dry spots . Other great additions to your diet include yellow and orange vegetables, which contain vital vitamins for skin care - think carrots, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin! Pumpkin also contains zinc, a fantastic mineral for reducing inflammation.


Handy-tip: For inspiration on cooking with pumpkin, visit our article on the most popular pumpkin dishes around the world! You can find it here.

Remember - always consult with GP or specialist for all dietary or skin concerns. For more information, visit: www.mayoclinic.com.