Spring is approaching and we all want to look better in the spring/summer months. That’s why we go on a cleaner diet, we increase the times we hit the gym… But who doesn’t want to improve their skin as well?
I’m sure that if everyone knew that could get clear and glowy skin by only a matter of a couple diet changes we all would do it. So let’s talk skin enhancing hacks!
1. Start your day with lemon water, not coffee.
Like we said a million times in this blog already, lemon water is amazing for your health but especially for your skin: If you want healthy and radiant looking skin, increasing your vitamin C intake is crucial and lemon water will do the trick, in fact, a cup of fresh lemon juice provides you a 187% of your daily vitamin C serving!. It’s antioxidants fight damage caused by free radicals, keeping your skin fresh and clear. While getting plenty of vitamin C the body will produce more collagen, which is essential for our skin.
2. Make half of your plate fresh or steamed vegetables.
Fruits and vegetables are full of antioxidants and vitamins (like vitamins A, B, C, and E) that contribute to skin health and other protective tissues that cover the surfaces of your body. They also help protect your skin from free radicals and sun damage, which keeps the skin looking younger and more radiant. Plus they are high in fiber, which helps cleanse your body by removing harmful toxins. When these toxins are removed, your skin becomes less prone to acne breakouts.
3. Say bye to milk and cheese.
This can be one of the most effective products to remove from your diet to get clearer skin in a couple of weeks. Milk contains IGF-1, which is amazing for baby cows but not for humans. It’s a growth hormone that causes inflammation in humans, which can eventually lead to acne. Dairy it also causes your skin to produce excess sebum that will cause clogged pores plus dairy also glues together dead skin cells inside your pores so it’ll be harder for you to get rid of them (they can’t exit your skin naturally). Milk and dairy products cause an insulin spike in humans that will provoke the liver to produce even more IGF-1, which leads to more acne.
4. Eat more seeds and nuts.
Seeds and nuts will provide you with healthy fats, vitamin E and selenium, which all contribute to healthier skin. Studies suggest that a selenium-rich diet can help to protect against skin cancer, sun damage and age spots. Vitamin E protects skin from oxidative (cell) damage and supports healthy skin growth.
5. Eat less meat and more fatty fish.
Fish oil is wonderful for your heart and health but especially for your skin. It reduces acne and wards off wrinkles. Fatty acids in fish oil will also supply hydration to your skin for the inside and help with inflammation.
6. Cut out sugar and pastries and eat more berries and lemons.
In a nutshell, it breaks down collagen (the collagen production we worked so hard for increasing our vitamin C levels!) and will make your skin look plump, youthful, and lifted. Also, “Sugar can weaken the immune system, and a suppressed immune system is bad at fighting off bacteria.” Bacteria clogged in pores creates pimples. It also creates more testosterone. “Testosterone makes pores larger, skin is oilier, it turns your beautiful female skin into ruddy football player skin,” Dr. Lancer says.
7. Replace refined grains with whole grains.
Whole grains are full of Vitamin E and Zinc which contributes to healthy and glowing skin. It’s also high in selenium, a mineral that acts as a natural anti-aging and will also improve skin elasticity.
8. Cut sodas and increase your water intake.
Cutting soda is literally cutting sugar. We all know how bad sugar is for us! But increasing your water intake, force yourself to drink two glasses of water first thing in the morning to hydrate from the overnight dehydration (8 hours without drinking any water) and always week a water bottle with you and sip through the day. Drinking all your water at once won’t do the trick.
Water will decrease the oil concentration of your skin which will reduce skin inflammation and breakouts. Plus a hydrated skin is less prone to premature wrinkles and provides elasticity.
We encourage you to try these for a couple of months and let us know if you’ve noticed any difference!
Will you try any of these? Are you already including some of these tips in your diet? is there something that works for you that we haven’t mentioned? Let us know in the comments!