Skincare is everywhere nowadays. Numerous cleansers line shop shelves and with hundreds of celebrities endorsing the latest cosmetics how can we not want to buy them?
While it is difficult to avoid the lure of quick fixes and miracle wrinkle creams, when it comes to problematic skin I take a closer look at what the issue is rather than masking the problem with products.
The expression ‘You are what you eat’ couldn’t be more relevant to this topic. Altering food habits or simply cutting out certain foods in your diet can dramatically change the appearance of your skin.
Reduce Diary intake
Diary is a potential trigger for skin inflammation and conditions such as, acne, eczema and rosacea. The consumption of milk and other fermented dairy products can cause hormonal imbalances that stimulate the overproduction of sebum leading to blocked pores and congested skin. If you feel that dairy is a main culprit for your skin issues try going dairy-free for one month to test whether your symptoms disappear. Slowly add dairy products back into your diet one at a time to determine what triggers inflammation.
Consume plenty of water
Drink up! Humans should consume on average at least 4-6 glasses of water a day to remain hydrated and to remove waste products produced by the body. Without a sufficient water supply, toxin levels can build up causing damage to cells. If you take part in regular exercise and consume a healthy diet your body can effectively process even more fluid to help flush out toxins.
Decrease alcohol Consumption
Excess alcohol can interfere with your body’s ability to absorb calcium leading to a dull complexion and being more prone to wrinkles. Alcohol is a toxin to the liver and causes fluctuations in liver enzymes, dehydrates the skin and makes the skin look tired and patchy.
Written by Elizabeth Boyes
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