Following on from my previous post about top tips for the skin, today’s post looks more at other factors that affect the condition of our skin. I have a real interest in nutrition so I could have made this a lot more detailed but I didn't want you falling asleep on me! If you'd like to know more, please get in touch!
- Drink water: I’m not going to tell you how many cups or litres of water you need to drink as everyone is different and contrary to what we’re told, we don’t all need to drink the same amount of fluids. However, making sure you are drinking water every day does help your skin (and body in general) with processing toxins from your body. Our skin is the biggest organ in our body and this very simple act can really help. I immediately notice a difference in my skin when I go through days of not drinking enough
- You are what you eat so eat clean: I’m no saint and those that know me will know I have a major sweet tooth and have to avoid gluten. But what you eat can affect how your skin behaves and I have certainly seen this after a lot of experimenting with my diet. For years, those who suffered from acne were told that what they ate had no impact on their skin, however increasingly skin specialists are finding that diet actually does make a difference. I’m not going to lecture on nutrition (as much as I’d love to!), but if you have plenty of different vegetables and fruit in your diet, healthy (full) fats / nuts / seeds (your body and skin need fat so don't skimp on it!), and avoid / limit the amount of processed food, you’ll feel healthier and this will show in your skin. A couple of days of sweet treats and / or wheat for me results in blotchy skin and spots so I try hard to save these things as very occasional treats. If you have problems with breakouts, I would recommend that you keep track of what you’re eating and see if there’s any link to how your skin behaves. You may work out what the culprit is for you as everyone is different. Having said this, known problem foods to avoid if you have acne are high glycaemic foods – particularly highly processed / refined carbohydrates such as sugar, white bread, pasta etc. Even low fat dairy has been linked to problems with acne (seriously I could write an entire post about how low fat diets have been one of the biggest dietary disasters we know of but I digress!). If you'd like to know more about the right foods to eat for your skin have a look at a post by Authority Nutrition here - this website is a great resource for evidence-based nutrition!
- Get a good night’s sleep: the power of sleep should never be underestimated. A regular sleeping pattern not only leaves your body and mind refreshed, but it also keeps your skin looking at its best as it gives time for it to regenerate overnight. Aim for 7-8 hours a day (wishful thinking for many of us, I know, but it really does make a difference!!) Also, did you know the position in which you sleep also has an impact on your skin? So if you want to avoid wrinkles, the best way to sleep is on your back!
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