Eat Right For Your Skin Type

It’s known that around 60% of what you put on your skin is absorbed in. (Don’t believe me? Just look at nicotine and hormone patches as an example). So while topical applications absolutely need scrutinising, the food you ingest into your body can play just as much of a pivotal role.

DRY SKIN

Foods to eat

  • Water! Drinking plenty of water is the single most important thing you can do for your skin. Try to consume only purified, alkalised water for extra hydration and quicker absorption into cells.
  • Polyunsaturated fatty acids (omega-3’s) provide much-needed moisture and lubrication to dry, flaky skin. Sources include oily fish, avocadoes, coconut oil, flaxseeds, plant algae and nuts.
  • Fruits and vegetables with a naturally high water content such as cucumber, celery, melons, lettuce, tomato and zucchini.
  • If your skin has become dry and cracked, foods containing zinc will help to heal wounds and repair tissue. Sources include oysters, pepitas (pumpkin seeds), seafood, beans, lentils and lean beef.

Foods to avoid

  • Alcohol, caffeine and sugar as these substances are harshly dehydrating.

OILY SKIN

Foods to eat

  • Foods rich in vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) are said to reduce excess sebum production. Sources include whole grains, tuna, salmon, cod, capsicums, squash, spinach, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, kale, collard greens, mustard greens, nuts and garlic.
  • Lecithin can be used to treat clogged pores and excess oil production as it is said to breakdown fat cells. Sources include beef liver, eggs, seeds, legumes, cauliflower and soybeans.

Foods to avoid

  • Fried foods as most fast food and take away stores use hydrogenated vegetable oils which clog pores and promote free radicals.
  • Processed foods as these contain a plethora of additives and preservatives often combined with large amounts of sugar.

CONGESTED/BLEMISHED SKIN

Foods to eat

  • Vitamin A containing foods such as apricots, carrots, mango, papaya, squash, pumpkin (just think of orange foods), leafy greens and broccoli. Vitamin A in its active form retinoic acid, is commonly found in skin medication used to unclog pores and reduce inflammation. Vitamin A also assists in the growth and repair of skin tissue. Beneficial if there is scarring or skin damage.

Foods to avoid

  • Sugar in all forms including sugars added to many packaged and pre-made goods. Nasty bacteria living in our skin cells are often the cause unwanted acne and pimples and similarly to us, bacteria love sugar! Constant ingestion of sugar is only feeding bacteria and helping them to grow and replicate.

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SENSITIVE SKIN

Foods to eat

  • Alkalising green powders such as Beyond Greens, Vital Greens or E3 Live. These provide our skin with antioxidants and complete chain of amino acids for cell renewal, as well as essential fatty acids for skin cell integrity - thereby reducing sensitivity.

Foods to avoid

  • Spicy food
  • Additives – in particular, Monosodium glutamate (MSG), colours, flavourings and preservatives. Try to eat food closest to its original state.

ECZEMA

Foods to eat

  • Polyunsaturated fatty acids – as well as maintaining skin moisture, omega 3’s are highly anti-inflammatory thereby helping to reduce inflammation and redness associated with eczema.

Foods to avoid

Eczema is becoming quite prominent in today's society due to our food is so over processed it hardly resembles its natural state. The following are a list of common food intolerances experienced by many. It may take a process of elimination in order to uncover exactly what is triggering your eczema. If you are going to undertake an elimination diet, do so one substance at a time so you know exactly what is causing your eczema to flare. Keeping a food diary is a useful tool in noting symptoms.

  • Dairy, in all forms including milk, cheese, cream, ice-cream, yoghurt. Read labels carefully and check for things like lactose, whey, casein, curd, delactosed, lactalbulin and lactalglobulin.
  • Wheat and gluten. Gluten is the protein found in wheat, rye, barley and oats.
  • Salicylates
  • Alcohol, in particular, wine with its high preservative and tannin content.

And finally, which foods should all people be enjoying and also steering clear of?

  • Foods to enjoy include – most foods in their whole form; and lots of greens, water and healthy oils.
  • Foods to steer clear of – fried and processed foods; trans fatty acids and anything overcooked. Limit white flour, alcohol and sugar for optimal skin health too.

 


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