Skin health begins with understanding the connection between the products you put on your skin and the impact your nutrition and lifestyle have on your overall well-being. When you’re thinking about skin care, a holistic approach that emphasizes the interconnectedness of what you apply to your skin, how you feed your body, and how you live your life will prove to be the healthiest and most sustainable way to achieve true beauty wellness both inside and outside.
This second part of a three-part holistic natural skin care guide emphasizes the impact of good nutrition on skin health. Read the first part here.
Feed Your Skin With Nutrient-Rich Whole Foods
Food is one of the most powerful resources to enhance beauty and increase wellness. Consuming nutrient-rich foods aid and support our skin’s essential functions, such as the regeneration of skin cells — unlike chemical toxins and low-nutrient diets, which accelerate the aging process.
Vitamins and Antioxidants Are the Building Blocks of Health.
We can enjoy delicious, nutrient-rich foods that also yield great skin health results. Antioxidant-rich foods fight free radicals, which can cause inflammation and break down collagen. Sweet potatoes and carrots are excellent sources of vitamin A. Citrus fruits and kale offer a vitamin C boost. Good fat favorites avocados and almonds are perfect ways to attain vitamin E.
Water Is Life.
Those eight glasses a day can improve everything from our circulation system to the vibrancy of our skin. Proper hydration flushes toxins from our system. If you have a hard time meeting your daily quota, slice some lemons (vitamin C!) and purchase a special glass or bottle that brings you joy when you use it. Just make sure to drink consistently throughout the day to reach the recommended 64 ounces.
Sugar and Skin Are Perfect Enemies.
We can’t say it enough: Resist refined sugar! It aggravates and inflames your skin, thereby accelerating the aging process. Several scientific studies have shown that sugar is a leading cause of wrinkles, so simply removing it from your diet will move you toward a healthier, more vibrant complexion. To quell a sweet tooth, enjoy blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries, which offer antioxidants and fiber as well.
A Healthy Gut Is Essential.
All the healthy food in the world won’t benefit a person with a compromised digestive system. The gut is an essential part of how nutrients make it from the food we eat to the cells of our bodies. Consider adding probiotic supplements and probiotic food (dark chocolate and fermented veggies are easy ones) to your diet to increase the healthy bacteria in your gut. They are said to also increase collagen production, hydrate skin, and reduce fine lines.
Eat Pure Not Processed.
The less often your food comes from a box or can, the better. Instead, fill your plate with a wide variety of unrefined, whole and plant-based foods that are seasonal, organic, and in as close to their natural states as possible. Most foods that are known to cause gut issues and inflammation are processed, and inflammation is a key contributor to the deterioration of skin cells and skin health. Eating purely with an emphasis on plants provides a strong, healthy foundation for your skin.
For natural skin care, we like the plant-based approach of Well Within Beauty.