Is Your Diet Hurting Your Skincare

Beauty & Style | Melanie Yvette Martin | 07/23/2015 | 03:21 PM EDT

You are what you eat...

Have you ever gone on a juice cleanse and magically noticed clearer, healthier skin? Or, have you tried a clean eating challenge and noticed that most of your facial imperfections either disappeared or were barely there? If so, you’re on to the fact that diet not only affects your body and how it looks, but also your skin.


For many women who battle skin care issues like acne, blemishes and eczema, or for women who just want brighter, firmer skin, the first step to change may be in your diet.


While recommended, we know most won’t be able to gulp down a gallon of water a day. But, that doesn’t stop us from trying, right? The purpose of water is not only to hydrate, but also to cleanse and rid the body of toxins. In doing so, you’re preventing those toxins from affecting your face and skin. So, if you’re thinking about a quick way to see better skin, and fast, hop on the water bandwagon and drink as much as you can a day.


Moving on to foods, you want to make sure you’re following the Mediterranean diet as closely as possible to promote healthy glowing skin. Fish, leafy greens, olive oils, foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids are a start. The goal is to eliminate all processed food over a period of time. They are home to massive amounts of sugar, chemicals and sodium. They can even cause harsh reactions due to minor food allergies we may have to some of them.


At the end of the day, your best bet is to stick to foods that are grown from the ground.


Another possible culprit for bad skin in your diet could be dairy. While dairy is an important source of Vitamin D and calcium, there are a few studies that have shown how diary may be linked to the promotion of acne, supporting the idea that giving up dairy products may help clear up skin problems such as adult acne and overtly oily skin. In order to see if this is true for you, start small by doing an elimination diet.


Cut out dairy first for 2-3 weeks. Make a note of how you feel, how your skin looks, etc. Then move on to sugar. This should include sodas, processed foods, and anything that comes in a can, bag or box. Move on to red meat, and so on. Each time you eliminate something from your diet, pay attention to your skin. Does it change? Is it brighter? Firmer? Has any acne cleared up? You may even want to take a before and after picture to for best to thoroughly see any differences. From then you’ll be able to note how your diet affects your skin. 

(Photo: Jose Luis Pelaez Inc/Blend Images/Corbis)

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