As you may know, if you have read some of my previous posts, skin care is super important to me and something I have a very strict regime for. That being said, skin care isn’t only about all the products you use, it has a lot to do with the foods you eat!
If you have problematic skin, its not necessarily a skin issue, it could be a digestive/gut issue! In this post I am going to tell you the things you should take out of your diet and the “must haves” you should be consuming to have beautiful glowing skin, and not only do these things help your skin but they will help you metabolism as well!
Here are the things you should eliminate:
#1- GET RID OF SUGAR. If you don’t already know, a lot of sugar is good for no one! It causes your blood sugar levels to go up and down and it increases and causes growth of bad bacteria which in turn creates skin issues. Its not always the easiest thing to eliminate from your diet if you consume a lot of it thought, so if you like sweet things, try using stevia- an all natural sweetener, or raw organic honey. Both of those will help satisfy your sweet tooth but without the side effects of weight gain and bad skin. You might also want to limit fruit if you eat a lot of it. Fruit is great but it still has sugar and too much of a good thing can still be a bad thing.
#2- SCALE DOWN OR ELIMINATE YOUR GRAIN INTAKE. Not everyone has a problem digesting grains/gluten but it can cause inflammation of your gut and intestinal track. Try using coconut or almond flour instead of the traditional while flour when cooking and baking and avoid any process grains elsewhere.
#3- STOP USING BAD HYDROGENATED OILS. Stop using canola and vegetable oil and make the switch to coconut oil! (another thing I am obsessed with) Not only can you use coconut oil for cooking but you can also use it on your skin and the ways to use it are endless! If you want to see for yourself check out this article,
Now, for the things you should include in your diet:
#1-HIGH FIBRE FOODS. High Fibre foods like, flax and chia seeds, fibrous vegetables, and other sprouted nuts and seeds can actually help fight acne and kill off bad bacteria in your gut and increases the growth of good bacteria (probiotics)
#2. GET YOUR PROTEIN-Protein will help balance out your blood sugar levels and clear up bad skin. Try having organic and grass fed meats to benefit the most from your protein sources.
#3. PROBIOTICS- Did you know that 80% of your immune system is located in your gut! and an unhealthy intestinal track can largely contribute to acne! So keeping your insides healthy has a lot to do with what your outside looks like. Try consuming lots of rich foods like cultured veggies, kefir (I will be posting my mom’s homemade kifer recipe soon), yogurt and other products that are higher in probiotics.
#4. ZINC- Zinc helps repair your gut lining and naturally boosts your immune system. Some foods that are high in zinc are sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, wild game, crab, poultry, beans, cashews, chickpeas, almonds, peas, , oysters and shrimp.
#5. TEA TREE OIL- You aren’t going to eat tea tree oil and it wont speed up your metabolism but your skin will love it! Finding a face wash with tee tree in it will help clear up your skin and keep it feeling super fresh! You could also put a drop of pure tea tree oil in your face cream before you put it on your skin(that’s what I do) to get the same benefits. Tea tree is an essential oil that helps kill off bad bacteria on your skin.
As for the products I use on my skin, I like to make sure they are all natural and have no parabens. I use a face wash that has a light exfoliator I can use daily. I don’t use a toner all the time but when I do I use witch hazel. I then put on a serum, which I use day and night. Then my eye cream, coconut oil and then my moisturizer with a tint of tea tree oil. I also schedule a face mask into some “me time” at least once a week!
If you have any skin care regimes or products you think are magical please feel free to share
Peace, Love & SimplyB kind to your skin!