Eat your way to fabulous skin this holiday!
Healthy, glowing skin speaks volumes about your diet and skincare routine. What we eat affects the health of our skin and highlights the importance of looking after our body from the inside out. It is essential to feed our bodies with nutritious, balanced, and healthy foods for them to function effectively.
In addition to being mindful of our food intake when it comes to our waistlines, a healthy skin diet is also incredibly important. Especially if you want to achieve gorgeous, healthy, glowing skin when you’re on holiday.
If you are considering changing your diet for weight loss or healthier eating, it’s vital that you’re aware of possible effects on your skin. If you’ve been working hard during the year to get your skin to a place to feel proud of, don’t let some frivolous feasts get you back to where you started. Don’t lose all hope of letting your hair down and indulging in all the good things, just be mindful of how it can affect your epidermis, and find ways to find a balance.
First, it’s important to understand how certain foods can affect your skin before you know how to mitigate them.
Not just skin deep
A diet which consists of processed food, ready meals and refined carbohydrates can over time cause mild inflammation in the body and aggravate skin problems such as acne. This might not come as a big surprise, as with processed foods, there aren’t any major positives. Something else to bear in mind is our gut, and how that is linked to all major bodily functions. Apart from taking Skin Clarity + Glow, your body will thank you for adding a digestive aid into your daily wellness routine, like our winning Debloating + Digestion gut-health powerhouse.
Whilst most of us know that an unhealthy diet is detrimental to our skin, did you know that diet plays a part in fighting the effects of sun (UV rays) damage on our skin? Exposure to UV rays promotes the formation of free radicals which can cause damage to components of our skin that gives it its structure and firmness such as elastin and collagen. Over some time, this can result in more prominent fine lines and wrinkles.
So, how does this link to your diet? Eating antioxidant-rich foods, such as colourful fruit and vegetables, helps fight free radicals and improve skin texture. Bring on the extra side of beetroot, please!
What to order, and skip this holiday
Fish is a brilliant source of protein (essential for collagen and elastin production keeping your skin supple) and contains omega-3 fatty acids known for promoting skin health and reducing inflammation.
Richly coloured orange or red fruit and vegetables get much of their colour from compounds called carotenoids, some of which can be converted into Vitamin A, which is essential for skin cell reproduction. They are also a great source of Vitamin C, which is essential for manufacturing collagen and both carotenoids and Vitamin C are antioxidants, helping to fight free radicals which may cause damage to our skin and cause premature signs of ageing.
Avoid refined carbs and sugars –these include sweets, white bread, pastries, white rice, sugary drinks and many breakfast cereals. Replace these foods with ‘good carbs’ such as healthy vegetables, whole grains and the wrinkle-fighting anti-oxidants found in fruits which have a lower glycaemic index – in turn, reduce the overall carbohydrate load in your diet.
Whilst on a diet, it is essential that your body gets enough water. Staying hydrated is very important for nutrients to reach your skin cells. Avoid sugary drinks and enjoy water or green tea which is known to be a brilliant source of antioxidants.
VitaminMe has your back
The healthier the diet choices you make, the more it shows in your skin. Keep your skin glowing, and your health in the best possible shape during the silly season. And if you fall off the wellness wagon, we’re here to help get you straight back on with our range of unique formulas, targeting all the main health and wellbeing areas.