A few years ago, I was diagnosed with a skin condition called rosacea. In my case, after exercising, drinking wine, and even being out in the sun for a few minutes, I would notice an outbreak. My cheeks turned red, little bumps would appear on my nose, and my whole face would feel hot, irritated.
I tried to cover the redness with make-up and tinted moisturizers, but still, the redness and bumps were hard to conceal. I researched, wondering what to do. It wasn’t until I stumbled upon several nutritionists’ advice to change my diet that I seriously paid attention to the link between what I was putting in my body and what I was seeing on my face. Once I changed my habits, I noticed a pretty radical shift.
Many skin conditions, including rosacea, acne, dullness and dryness, can be linked to diet. When you eat healthier, your whole body can change, not just your stomach, thighs, or hips. You will likely notice more glowing, radiant and clear skin.
Following are some tips to help improve your skin, no matter what the condition:
I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to feed your skin water. Not fruit juices, or coffee, or even herbal tea – but plain old-fashioned water. Our bodies are mostly made of water, and if you are dehydrated you might crave carb-loaded foods, and notice a dryness or redness in your skin. Water flushes out toxins and renews your cells. Drink more water.
Eat your greens.
Leafy greens and veggies are the best thing for a good complexion. In fact, they should make up the majority of the food you put in your body. If you have a hard time eating your veggies, try making a smoothie with fruit like anti-oxidant rich berries added for a little sweetness. Greens not only give you much-needed vitamins and minerals, but they also flush out toxins that affect your skin.
Increase anti-inflammatory foods.
This is something most people don’t think about when it comes to skin. Anti-inflammatory foods that help your gut health are directly linked to your skin health. You can check out Dr. Andrew Weill’s chart on which foods are great anti-inflammatory additions for your diet, but you can also add spices like Tumeric and Ginger to foods for a similar effect.
It makes sense if your gut health is linked to your overall health, that helping fill your gut with good bacteria needed to process food efficiently will also help your skin. Take a probiotic supplement, eat yogurt or an organic fermented food, or drink a probiotic tea like Kombucha daily.
These dietary changes all help build your overall health, and leave your skin looking better than ever.