Ever heard the saying, “you are what you eat”? Well, we could change that to “your skin is what you eat!” Sounds kind of gross, but it’s true! What we eat and drink directly affects the health of our skin! I’m passionate about this subject because I went through many years fighting troubled, acne-prone skin and I thought I was doing ‘everything’ in my power to try and fix it… except for change my diet!
We can put all the lotions, potions, peels, scrubs and whatever other concoctions there are out there on our skin, but until we fix what’s going on on the inside, it’s like beating your head against a wall, it will most likely get you no where and be really, really frustrating! Not to mention, will cost you a pretty penny as well! Now don’t get me wrong, if your diet is already super clean and you are doing all the things I mention below, there is a point where there could be something bigger going on and the right potions may be exactly what you need.
You may have troubled skin, or you may be just looking for skin that looks a little lighter, brighter and more youthful! Either way, the tips below will only help your skin move in the direction of healthy and glowing.. and who doesn’t want that?!
H-2-O!!! Simple, obvious but this absolutely cannot be overlooked! Drinking enough water will instantly hydrate and bring your skin to life. It will bring water into your cells and give your skin a more youthful appearance as well as help to detoxify your body and get rid of those pesky toxins that can give your skin a dull, aged look as well as cause acne!
Ditch processed, packed foods! Can you read all the ingredients in the food you’re eating? If not, chances are they probably aren’t great for your skin. When we eat whole foods, our digestive system runs much more optimally but when we are constantly eating processed foods, our body doesn’t work as hard in order to digest them. This can cause problems in our digestive system and be more difficult for our bodies to eliminate the toxins it needs to! Our body rids of toxins via our organs, one being our skin! If this can’t happen, we can start to see problems show up externally.
Cut the Sugar! Sugar could go under the last category, but it needs a category all it’s own because it’s such a huge culprit of causing skin issues. Refined sugar has no real positive health benefits. One thing it does do is feed bad gut bacteria and since acne prone skin is a bacterial condition, potentially having an overgrowth of bacteria will quickly show up on your skin. Create more balance in your gut bacteria and digestion, rid of the sugar and eat more fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha or even take probiotics.
Limit alcohol intake.
Alcohol contains sugar and lots of it and well, we just covered that! It may also contribute to depleting collagen. Alcohol does the opposite of what we want to do- hydrate- and if we are sipping on a drank, it often means we aren’t sipping on water! If you do choose to drink, try to opt for mixers that low to no sugar and try to go 1:1 or 2:1 on your water to alcohol ratio!
Eat your veggies!
More whole foods means more of the vitamins and antioxidants are skin loves, needs and wants more of! How can our skin be mad if we are feeding it with the foods that make it feel happy and loved?! Plus, veggies help us get enough fiber in our day which helps with digestion, a healthy gut and making sure those nasty toxins don’t set up camp in our body! Eat the rainbow and your skin will glow!
These next two points are as food oriented, but they will absolutely change your skin none the less!
Wash your face! Again, might seem obvious but it’s oh, so crucial! Especially if you are woman that wears makeup, we need to make sure we are letting our little pores breath and be free! A few details on making sure your face is squeaky clean:
-Wash your face before you workout. When we sweat, our body is trying to release those toxins out of our skin, but if we do that with makeup slapped on, our face can’t breath and our pores can get clogged, causing breakouts! If you workout after work, throw in a pack of the makeup remover wipes and get off that makeup before you sweat!
-Shower/wash your face post workout. Letting our sweat sit on our skin can attract dirt just from the air we breath and let that bacteria it’s trying to rid of, seep right back in! This can cause breakouts not just on our face, but on our body as well! Ladies, I know none of us want to go through Summer with breakouts on our face, back or anywhere else.. shower up asap post workout and it can work wonders for your skin!
-NEVER and I repeat, NEVER go to bed with your makeup on! The horror!!! If you haven’t watched our YouTube video on our Beauty Counter product review you should go HERE now and watch, Mallory has a great analogy on this topic! Sleep is a time where our body recovers and rejuvenates itself, including our skin, so making sure our skin is free and clear to do this is crucial. Not to mention, throughout the day our makeup and skin (even if you don’t wear makeup) accumulates dirt and bacteria from the day and we don’t want that sitting and festering all night long! Make sure you go to bed with a clean slate and always be sure to have fresh, clean pillowcases as well!
Keep stress in check! High stress means our hormones are on high alert. We all have stress in our lives and it’s easy to think that it’s normal and even that we should have it in our lives, but this should not be the norm! If stress is high, cortisol spikes, sleep quality lowers, which can tailspin into other hormones being off kilter. If this happens, our digestive system and gut health can start to decline and overall our body will give us the middle finger! If our insides aren’t functioning properly, our skin will tell us! Sleep is key to recovering from stress, so make sure you are getting a minimum of 7 hours per night. Ever wake up from a poor nights sleep and wonder what the heck happened to your skin? That’s your body telling you something is off, it needs more recovery and there’s too much stress on the body! Find ways to destress and you are bound to see it shine through in your skin!
Cheers to healthy, radiant, glowing skin!