You may have read that nutrition really does make a difference when it comes to the way that your skin looks, but how true is this statement? And what kinds of foods should you eat in order to get an amazing glow and healthy skin?
As it turns out, there are plenty of things you should and shouldn’t eat in order to get the skin you want – and it really only takes about three days into a completely clean diet in order to see some amazing results. Take a look!
I’m not going to lie to you. Starting a healthy diet is hard. Why? Because your body will be used to all of those things that you usually eat and this will result in some pretty persistent cravings. You know what you crave the most, but typically the hardest foods to give up include sugar and white processed bread. Let’s talk about what sugar does to your skin first!
The problem with sugar is that it attaches to proteins in your body that eventually form something called ‘Advanced Glycation End products’ (AGE). When AGEs form, they damage other proteins in your body causing aging to speed up. What are the two things that sugar damages the most? Collagen and Elastin.
Those are the same things that you need in order to look younger. Once collagen and elastin are damaged, they never spring back to life. White bread is full of sugar because white flour (which is also processed) turns into sugar once it is ingested. So, kick the sugar habit and see your skin rejuvenate – and you’ll also stop the damage that’s happening to essential collagen and elastin.
Avoiding sugar is a definite first step towards getting better skin, but so is eating an abundance of antioxidants. Foods that contain antioxidants include berries, nuts, vegetables, peppers, and foods with plenty of Vitamin C. If you can snack on a raw fruit and veggie plate once a day, you’ll be doing your body a world of good.
Processed foods tend to contain a lot of sugar, are very far from their natural source, and just aren’t good for your skin. Sometimes, foods that look healthy are actually masquerading, and those healthy foods are highly processed. Watch out for most forms of packaged and processed yogurts, almond milks and other milks that have sugar added, regular milk that is processed heavily, coconut water that isn’t raw and unpasteurized, and anything else that comes in a bottle or package. If you can eat it fresh, it’s best!
Many of us are tempted to order drinks when eating out. You’ll actually be doing your body and skin a world of good if you sip on water instead. Drink as much water as you can for skin that looks amazing. In fact, starting your day off with a tall glass of lemon water is excellent for both your skin and your overall health. So the next time you are out, order water instead of anything else!
We can’t say it enough: make sure that you are wearing sunscreen every day in order to keep your skin looking amazing. No matter what the weather looks like, sunscreen is your best friend. Put it on in the morning, wear a hat if you are going to be in the sun all day, and always protect your skin from the sun as much as possible.
With a healthy diet full of fresh whole foods and the right skin care protection, your skin will continue to glow and look amazing for many years to come. Plus, you can rebuild some of the earlier damage that you may have done to skin – all it takes is a shift in your diet! Come into Athena today for a facial or to see our nail salon in Fort Collins.
As a day spa in Fort Collins, we know more than a thing or two about skin care. When it comes to Windsor nail salons and amazing facials and pedicures, Athena is the best place to go!