It's no secret that healthy eating and regular exercise make your whole body look and feel better. But one area we often forget is impacted by our eating habits is our skin. What we eat and drink on a daily basis can make the difference between balanced, flawless skin and oily, dry or uneven skin. Certain foods and drinks can even contribute to acne breakouts and inflammation. Here are a few tips on which foods to eat more of and which to avoid if you want to improve your skin naturally.
- Fresh, raw veggies and fruit
- Olive oil
- Green tea
- Dark chocolate
- Whole-grain oatmeal
- Red wine
Don't Eat This:
- Processed sugars
- Refined grains (white bread, white rice, white pasta, etc)
- Fast food
- Alcohol (except for a glass of red wine every once in awhile)
Extreme diet changes may not be an option some want to consider, but simply swapping some of the bad foods for alternative could help with a transition to healthier habits. For example, dairy is often one of the hardest food and drink choices to eliminate. However, the hormones in cow's milk increase your body's oil production, which makes skin oily and blocks pores, causing acne and blackheads. Swapping cow's milk with almond milk or other non-dairy milks could help make a big difference in your skin and overall health.
The second most common problem food that many people struggle to eliminate is refined grains. Instead of white bread, white rice or white pasta, try wholegrain breads, brown rice or, even better, quinoa.
All foods and drinks affect each person differently. The best course of action to find out what your specific skin triggers are is to stick to a very basic diet of fresh, raw fruits and vegetables and lean meats for a few weeks and then slowly begin adding in other foods one at a time. If you notice your skin changing back to its old ways, eliminate the most recent addition to your diet and keep going.
For more tips on healthy skin or to schedule an appointment to help achieve younger, healthier-looking skin today, call Dr. Davis at the Advanced Eyelid Surgery Center at 817-778-4444.