THE LINK BETWEEN DIET AND SKIN
If you ask most people what one of their biggest insecurities is, many would say their skin, I know I would! With so much conflicting information out there it can be difficult to know what to believe. Well we’ve done our research here at PW HQ and hopefully we can shed some light for you!
Top dermatologists advise that as a nation, generally, we are doing too much to our skin! With the options of so many lotions and potions on the market it really is a minefield. Although there is no direct link in research that diet and skin issues are linked, there are things you can do to help your skin out! We tend to forget that the skin is our biggest organ, we should look after it from the inside as we would for our other organs!
Here’s how nutrients can help your skin out:
∙Vitamin E protects against inflammation
∙Omega 3 keeps skin moisturised and reduces redness and inflammation, you’ll get this from fatty fish such as salmon
∙One of the key components of skin is collagen. Vitamin C helps with the production of collagen in the body which is what keeps your skin strong and healthy. These include orange fruit and vegetables
∙Protein is essential for strength and integrity of your skin
∙Healthy fats are essential for skin flexibility and moisture, great sources include avocado, nuts and seeds
∙Zinc is great for wound healing
Let’s talk acne. Many people report that when they consume high sugar, high fat and high salt foods that their skin flares up. Now there is research out there to suggest that when some people consume a diet that has a low glycaemic load (this is the amount of carbohydrates in the food and how much it raises your blood glucose levels) it can actually reduce acne! Finally! Something we can do to help our skin! So, what are foods that are have a high glycaemic load? These include but are not limited to, refined carbs such as white bread, sweet treats and high sugar foods. The way this works is when you consume these foods, it causes a spike in your blood sugar and inflammation, the body reacts to this by producing more sebum - an oily substance that can become trapped in your pores leading to those irritating breakouts! It has also been suggested that drinking cow’s milk can cause acne by the hormones in the milk causing inflammation and again similar to high glycaemic loads, pores become clogged due to excess sebum. There is however no concrete evidence to support this.
Dr Anjali Mahto, author of the best-selling The Skincare Bible, advocates that “a diet that is good for your health is good for your skin.” Grab our best-selling Slender blend to include some of those good health nutrients to your diet! It includes high protein, zinc and vitamins C & E! If you have any questions about how to incorporate any of the foods mentioned into your diet, drop us an email at email@example.com, we’d be happy to help!.