Does chocolate cause acne? Will drinking too much coffee make my skin age faster? Can eating lots of fried foods affect my skin? These are just some of the questions you may have about food and skin. So, let’s sort it all out shall we…
I’m going to put your suffering to an end and tell you right now that you are in fact allowed to eat anything you want – in moderation! The occasional cup of coffee, the rare indulgence in a chocolate bar – go ahead – give in! Scientists have not linked acne or skin problems with any one food eaten in moderation. That said, if your diet exists mainly on sugar, carbohydrates, fried foods, caffeine, or alcohol – chances are your skin won’t be looking too good. So, what are the best things to include when you’re trying to keep your skin looking its best – here are the top choices:
Water. This is the key to hydrating your skin and making it look it’s healthiest. Aim for 8-10 glasses a day. Keep a bottle with you and keep sipping.
Salmon. Well, not necessarily salmon for all you fish haters out there, but EFA’s. Salmon is the best choice, but flaxseeds and walnuts will do. Try to incorporate fish or nuts into several meals per week to keep your skin supple and hydrated. Good quality supplements will do almost as well.
Green Tea. This is great for your overall health and acts as an anti inflammatory to fight free radicals. Try to choose a low to no caffeinated one and aim for 1-3 glasses a day.
Fruits and Vegetables. You knew this one was coming right! Your best healthy choices are berries, which contain antioxidants to protect your body and skin from harmful toxins, and leafy greens, which are loaded with vitamins and nutrients needed to feed your skin. Try to eat at least 5 servings a day of a variety of fruits and vegetables.
So, there you have it, by incorporating a few minor changes into your diet, you can still allow yourself the occasional treat and have glowing soft skin!