We’ve made it to part 2 of our feature on bridal skincare. Hooray! If you haven’t read part 1 you should probably go do that…like…right now. And if you’re ready for part 2, well my friend, please continue on.
Part 2: Food food glorious food!
Food is a part of our everyday routine. What we feed ourselves shows on our face.
When you eat foods that inflame your body, it will show up on your skin as “skinflammation” (acne, eczema, premature aging, and more!) Your skin can look dull, wrinkled, and show other signs of damage and neglect.
Instead, treat yourself to a nutrient-packed, antioxidant green juice or smoothie with cucumber, green apple, and celery to jump-start your body’s hydration.
And you have to “eat your water” too! Antioxidant rich foods are a necessity for glowing, healthy skin. Some options are berries, spinach, tomatoes, dark chocolate (in moderation), nuts, sweet potatoes, green tea, beans, and fish. Eating smaller fish such as salmon, anchovies, sardines, and mackerel are better for you since larger fish eat other fish that could have a lot of toxins in them.
You’ll also want to eat the rainbow! No, not Skittles, but rather colorful fruits and veggies. They’re the key to healthy glowing skin. Aim for 5 servings of colorful veggies and 2 servings of colorful fruit a day. Give it a try…you’ll see a difference!
The 6 worst foods for you:
One of the biggest ways you can obtain youthful, clear, glowing skin is by ditching the dairy! *Lauren cries in the corner*
The hormones from those cute cows can speed up the aging process, and cause huge inflammation in acne, rosacea, and eczema.
To test your skin’s sensitivity to it, you’ll have to go off of all dairy for 12 weeks. Why 12 weeks? Because that’s the typical lifespan of a red blood cell. This will allow your skin’s healing and cleansing process to take place after which you’ll be able to gauge your skin’s vibrancy and complexion improvement.
It hits your skin and even energy supply…hard.
Junk food is so high in saturated fats, salt, and processed ingredients that it leaves your skin acne prone and dull. Unsurprisingly, there are zero nutrients in junk food for the skin to thrive on.
Instead of grabbing your favorite box of cookies, try to eat a handful of berries and upping your water intake. When you crave sweets it usually means you’re lacking nutrients in your diet.
Speaking of cookies, sugar is the ultimate destroyer of the skin! Sugar causes glycation, which is when the sugar rains down on your cells and attaches to fats and proteins. This forms Advanced Glycation End products (AGEs) that cause protein fibers to become stiff and malformed. This damages the collagen in your skin that leads to wrinkles and sagging prematurely. Sugar can also flare up existing issues like acne and rosacea.
Do we actually know everything that’s in them? No, probably not. We do know they are filled with plasticizers (phthalates) and other plastics (BPA).
When foods are heated, frozen, or even stored, trace amounts of the chemicals can be released from its packaging into the food. Eventually, this can create problems in your body over time, especially in the body’s hormonal system and homeostasis — or simply put, it messes up your body’s natural, balanced state.
If you must store food or use a water bottle, opt for storing them in stainless steel, glass, or ceramic containers.
Don’t go too bananas! One ripe banana has about 3 teaspoons of sugar in it! That’s the same as eating half a Hershey bar! Try eating a less ripe banana and adding a nut butter to it for protein.
While it may taste good, it can be very deceiving because by drinking something liquid, you’d think you’d be getting lots of hydration. But don’t be fooled! Alcohol is a diuretic and severely dehydrates your body.
And the after effects you may see in your skin after a night of drinking include but are not limited to breakouts, redness, inflammation, and overall skin dryness.
For every glass of wine, cocktail, or beer you consume, you have to drink an 8 oz glass of water to stay properly hydrated and counter the effects of the alcohol (and to avoid a nasty hangover).
That’s it for part 2. Be on the lookout for the conclusion of our 3 part series coming soon!
For more information about this and other skin related topics, contact Danielle at:
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