Did the holiday season leave you looking for ways to improve your skin? We’re all in the same boat here! Although hormonal imbalances caused by stress during busy times do impact our skin, did you know that your diet is also a key player in skin quality?
You could be using all the right products and taking all the proper steps, but if you aren’t nourishing your skin from within, you might not be seeing the results you’re after. Thanks to an influx of sweet treats and a few more glasses of wine than usual, it’s common to see changes in your skin around this time of year.
If you’re like us, you might feel like your skin could use a serious pick-me-up. Looking at your diet can give you criticalinsights into why your skin is misbehaving. To help you out, here are our top 5 tips to improve your skin from within!
We hear it all the time - drink more water to improve your skin - but why does it help? Increasing your water intake will help your body flush out toxins that impact the condition and appearance of your skin.
Hydrated skin will have increased elasticity, looking plumper and firmer with fewer signs of ageing.
Having a hydrated body will also prevent your skin from overproducing oils like sebum, which counters dehydration and often causes acne and blackheads.
2. Eat healthy fats to improve your skin texture
It's a common misconception that fatty foods are bad for your skin, but did you know that some fats are incredibly good for your skin? Healthy fats found in avocado, salmon, walnuts, and almonds are things you should add to your diet. These foods will help increase collagen production, which prevents wrinkles & skin sagging. In addition, foods like salmon that are also high in omega-3 will help to improve your skin elasticity and clarity by providing an essential nutrient your skin might be craving.
3. Reduce alcohol intake to prevent from drying out your skin
Alcohol is a diuretic, drawing out liquid from your body and increasing dehydration. It also impacts your body's ability to absorb specific vitamins. Your alcohol intake could well be affecting your skin more than you know. We're not telling you to go sober! But if you’re looking for ways to improve your skin, assess whether alcohol is an area you can cut down on in your diet. Experts recommend no more than one alcoholic beverage per day.
4. Reduce intake of processed food & sugar to stop clogging your skin with toxins
Highly processed foods are no friend to your skin! These foods are known to lead to digestion issues, which will show up on your skin. Further, processed sugar is known to cause inflammation, which can aggravate skin conditions like acne, rosacea, psoriasis and eczema.
Sugar is also dehydrating, which, as we know, is less than ideal for healthy skin. In addition, high-glycemic foods that contain large amounts of sugar will contribute to the faster breakdown of collagen fibres in a process known as glycation, which will increase the appearance of fine lines, skin sagging and ageing.
5. Eat your vitamins!
You probably already love our Vitamin Serums, but think about it – if vitamins are amazing externally, it makes sense that ingesting them will make an impact too! We’ve done the research, and these are our top recommendations for foods full of skin-loving vitamins:
Foods rich in Vitamin A include sweet potatoes, carrots, dark leafy greens, dried apricot, rockmelon, capsicum and tropical fruits.
To increase your intake of Vitamin C, add foods like oranges, fresh chilli, kale, broccoli, strawberries
and guava into your diet.
Known as an excellent antioxidant and essential for skin health, foods containing high amounts of Vitamin E include nuts, avocado, spinach, whole grains and seafood.
Following our 5 tips is sure to have your skin looking and feeling healthier in no time!