Most of us have at best, a vague idea that eating for a healthy body means increasing our water intake and maxing out on greens at the salad bar. In fact, even most Dermatologists are a little skeptical when it comes to the association between diet and good skin, and rightly so, there isn’t much in the way of hard scientific evidence on the subject. We all know someone who swears a single bite of choclate causes ‘volcanic’ acne erruptions, yet it seems more and more savvy clients are realising results from their own food-to-skin based ‘research’, changing their diets and sharing their success in transforming their skin through the power of…veggies!
“So tell me, what should I be eating?”
Any boost in fruits and vegetable intake is a good thing, however, there are certain foods that really dish up improvement with acne, dull, dry skin and premature aging. With that in mind check out these three skin type classifications and start feeding your face!
Dull, Dry Skin
Hydrating with adequate water will only get you so far! You can bolster your arsenal by adding the following:
Flaxseeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, cauliflower, hummus and purslane. (considered a weed in the USA but actually a fabulous, edible leafy green elsewhere in the world) all contain great sources of Omega 3 Fatty Acids, excellent for lubricating skin to keep it dewy looking
Chicken, Canned Tuna, wheat flour, pork chops, beef, cornmeal, peanuts, mushrooms, avocado, green peas are high in Niacin, excellent for reducing redness and irritation as well as supporting the skin natural barrier function which in turn keeps the cells hydrated.
Eggs, avocado, salmon, mushrooms, chard, romaine, rasberries and strawberries are loaded with Biotin, shown to not only improve nail and hair growth but also cell turnover, keeping skin smooth.
Acne and Oily Skin
Banish the blemishes with these nom-noms;
Sweet potatoes, spinach, kale, broccoli, carrots, peppers, cantaloupe, red chile peppers and asparagus contain Vitamin A, an antioxidant that helps thin out the dead cells on the surface of the skin, leading to a decrease in blocked pores and lower levels of facial oil.
Raw Oysters, canned blue crab, turkey, beef, port, ricotta cheese, tofu, lentils, almonds, peas, cashews and oatmeal are great for reducing the skins oil production too and less oil means less pimples without the drying application of alcohol or harsh anti-blemish topicals. Zinc is our superfood in this bunch. And just like dry-skin, oily and acneic skins can benefit from an increase in Omega-3s to be found in flaxseed, chia seeds and cauliflower.
Breakout foods – is this really true?? Well the research is spotty but try it eliminating these foods and see what happens: Dairy, White bread, sugar, sweets and milk chocolate – pure cocoa nibs and high level dark chocolate contain little to no sugar..yay! Plus, and this is probably the most exciting news lovers of chocolate will ever hear, pure cocoa powder contains a substance that can actually increase circulation to the skin. Skin that is receiving more blood flow also receives more nutrients leading to an increase in hydration, less scaling and roughness and even a little less redness after sun exposure. So don’t turn chocolate down completely, just be very selective about the type if chocolate you are consuming.