What kind of foods to eat for a glowing skin? Unfortunately eating all the kale in the world won’t save your skin if you are washing it down with soda. What you put in your body counts for more than any cream, toner, or serum. If you are fed up with acne, wrinkles, and dull skin then it might be time to clean out your pantry. Everyone’s dietary needs are different, so listen to your body and consider keeping a food journal to keep an eye on how your body responds to certain foods. Use the journal to track your meals and write down how you feel after each meal. Are you still hungry? Do you feel bloated? Is your head pounding after eating salty food? Track the daily changes in your skin and at the end of the week see if you can make any connections between how your skin looks and the food you ate. Be aware of the following eating habits;
1. Simple Carbs
Oh, the joy of the carb. Mashed potatoes, pasta, cake, and many of our other favorite foods are basically carb-loaded sources of comfort. And while it may feel like a pizza can fix any bad day, it might be aging you. If you are choosing simple carbs like white bread instead of whole grains, you are causing your blood sugar to skyrocket, which can speed up the formation of wrinkles. Simple carbs are metabolized in the same way as sugar and converts into glucose. After being converted, the glucose sticks to your wrinkle-fighting proteins like collagen and damages them. If you feel a need to carb up then try to choose a whole grain such as oatmeal or brown rice.
The jury on how dairy affects skin is still out, which is why it is important to only make dietary decisions based off what works for you and your body. Studies have shown associations between dairy and acne but not a direct cause and effect. Some skin experts believe dairy can increase acne because of the testosterone contained in the milk, which stimulates oil glands in the skin. If you suspect your body doesn’t respond well to dairy, try eliminating it from your diet for a month and see if there are any changes in your skin.
Surprisingly, shellfish can do just as much damage to your skin as sugar. Shellfish such as lobster, crab, mussels, shrimp, and clams contain large amounts of iodine. High iodine levels can inflame your skin, clog your pores, and cause the appearance of red splotchy skin. If you are acne prone, steer clear of other iodine rich foods such as milk, kelp, cod, and boiled eggs.
4. Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 plays a key role in the normal functioning of the brain, nervous system, and the formation of red blood cells. But be careful not to go overboard on supplements. A study has found that in the presence of vitamin B12, skin bacteria that is commonly linked to acne pumps out inflammatory molecules known to promote pimples.
We know you don’t want to hear another reason why you should avoid sugar, but here it is: Sugar can cause redness, inflammation, acne, wrinkles, sagging skin, and dark patches. Like simple carbohydrates, sugar causes insulin levels to spike, which causes a burst of inflammation throughout the body. That inflamation produces enzymes that breaks down collagen and elastin and can wreak havoc on your skin.
If your skin tends to look puffy, it might be because you are eating too many salty foods. Salt, especially iodized, causes your tissues to swell, which makes your skin look puffy. It can also aggravate acne. To lessen the salt in your diet, limit your intake of processed foods, which even if they don’t taste it, are laden with salt.
While caffeine may perk you up in the morning, it isn’t doing your skin any favors. Caffeine is a diuretic and prevents your body from holding on to water, dehydrating skin. Dehydrated skin can be dull, tight, itchy, and dry and cause wrinkles to appear more prominent. If you take your coffee with milk and sugar, you might be attacking your skin from all angles.
Alcohol, like caffeine, is a diuretic full of sugar and toxins—all that do major damage to your skin. For skin’s sake, and the rest of your body’s, it is best to limit alcohol intake.
9. Fried Food
Fried foods are a health no-no in many ways, and especially for the skin. They slow the blood circulation, which can cause the pores in skin to become clogged and bacteria to build up. Basically, trans fats are a recipe for acne, blackheads, and dull skin.
10. A Combination
If you cannot pinpoint a food that is causing a negative reaction in your skin, consider changing your diet in a bigger way. It might not be one type of food that is irritating your skin, but a combination of many different foods that are inflammatory, dehydrating, or affecting your hormones. An easy way to avoid these irritants is to eat a whole-foods based diet and avoid processed foods as much as possible.
Are you ready to swap your dermatologist for a dietician?