Eating for Your Skin Type
Here’s a newsflash… it's not a myth that the food you eat can make or break your complexion. It's not a myth that your bad diet will “out” you on your face for the world to see. There are some standard diet requirements for your skin to look healthy, but, if your skin leans oily, inflammed, acneic, or dry, there are some things you can do to move the needle back to center and promote healthier aging.
Here are some diet tips for eating right for your skin type:
If you find your skin getting that tight, itchy, dry feeling, load up on plenty of water. We’re talking like 48-64 oz per day. Take advantage of anything with healthy fat in it like avocado, coconut oil, olive oil, or fish. Those healthy proteins and essential fatty acids will help keep your skin cells strong and healthy. Strong and healthy means less wrinkles.
Add fruits and vegetables rich in hyaluronic acid like bone broths, chicken, and root vegetables. Hyaluronic acid will help you retain skin moisture and give your skin healthy glow. Hyaluronic acid is key to fending off wrinkles and excessively dry skin.
Avoid caffeine and alcohol that can further dehydrate you. But if that’s easier said then done, then make sure you drink an additional 8 oz of water for every alcoholic or caffeinated drink you consume. For a boost when you have dry skin, you can add an omega-3 fish oil and hyaluronic acid supplement.
Not only are these components fantastic for dry skin, they’re extremely beneficial for the whole body and promote healthy aging.
Healthy inside. Beautiful skin outside.
If your skin is looking greasy and oily, its an opportunity to improve your diet and skin care routine. In this case, oily skin types need to ask themselves what they can remove from their diet as well as what they can put in.
Chuck the fried foods, simple carbs, sugar, and alcohol. These foods dehydrate you and cause a host of problems for your skin, namely an overreaction of oil. Remember, the skin on your face is hormone sensitive, and protecting your hormones through a healthy diet will really make a difference for oily skin .
Adding green and leafy vegetables like spinach and broccoli can help combat oily skin, and are healthy for all skin types, and promote a better skin complexion for individuals with oily skin. Eating more of these “salads” veggies, including asparagus and kale are great for your complexion because they are loaded with vitamins and antioxidants.
Inflamed or Irritated Skin
If your skin is sensitive, inflamed, or irritated, look for foods that work to quell inflammation, such as, organic avocado, and wild fish. Add some tumeric spice to your meals to nurture and calm your skin, and swap out your coffee for green tea.
Omega-3 fish oil is also recommended for calming inflammation in the body, as well as the skin.
Wrinkled or Aged Skin
By the time your skin starts to show wrinkles, this is an indicator to add collagen and healthy fats to your diet. You can do this with bone broths, avocado, coconut oil, and chicken and fish skins. Not surprisingly, many struggle with getting enough collagen from their diet. Add 10-15 grams of hydrolyzed fish collagen with Elavonne's Amino Collagen C, to reap the benefits of collagen in your diet.