Stay away from these 5 things to save your skin

 

Whatever’s going on inside your gut will eventually show on your skin.

What you put in your mouth is as important as the products you apply on your skin. Foods get digested and broken down into vitamins, minerals and amino acids that your body uses to build healthy skin. Crash dieting or eating highly processed foods will damage your skin (and your gut!) Which will cause your skin to deteriorate: making it not as strong and supple as it could be. For example, if you don’t eat enough nutrients and minerals, you are depriving your skin of the amino acids that go into making collagen (which makes your skin strong) and elastic tissue (which makes it supple).

 

Protect yourself from the sun.

One of the most important methods to take care of your skin is to protect it from the sun. A lifetime of sun overexposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and other skin complications — as well as increase the risk of skin cancer. Overexposure is different for everyone and depends on their different skin tones, health, and melatonin. But regardless, it’s important you take care of yours. Find and use an organic, chemical free, and effective sunscreen if you will be in the sun for a long time. Prevent sunburns, as they can have disastrous health and skin effects.   Apply sunscreen generously and reapply every two hours — or more often if you’re swimming or sweating. Seek shade if you’re particularly fair and prone to sunburns like I am, and avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun’s rays are strongest.

 

Avoid smoking.

Cigarette smoke contains carbon monoxide, which displaces the oxygen in your skin, and nicotine, which reduces blood flow, leaving skin dry and discolored. Cigarette smoking also depletes many nutrients, including vitamin C. Vitamin C helps protect and repair skin damage. If you smoke, the best way to protect your skin is to quit.

Avoid Sugar

Refined sugar, white bread and soda, cause your insulin levels to spike, which causes a burst of inflammation throughout the body. Inflammation produces enzymes that break down collagen and elastin, resulting in sagging skin and wrinkles. Low-glycemic diets have been shown to be beneficial to acne-prone skin. Replace refined, sugary foods with nutrient-dense foods- like fruit, vegetables and healthy sources of Omega-3. Sugar is inflammatory and it’s best to reduce inflammation as much as possible in order to keep acne away.

Protein bars, considered “healthy” by a lot of people who unfortunately don’t know any better, are not only a huge health offender but also one of the biggest beauty offenders. Protein bars are essentially a candy bar, with a lot of inflammatory and disagreeable ingredients. The sugar quickly gets into your bloodstream, spiking your insulin levels, which as a result aggravates acne, and promotes wrinkles and rashes. If you need a quick, portable snack in the middle of the day or after a workout, it’s better to have a handful of almonds and a piece of whole fruit. You’ll be eating better for your health and also skin. Not only will you feel more satisfied, but also more beautiful.

Is Dairy Causing Your Breakouts?

The majority of milk in the US comes from forcefully pregnant cows, with added hormones, antibiotics, and stress from the terrible living conditions. The hormone levels in milk may play a role in excess sebum production, which promotes acne. Sebum production is influenced by androgens and hormonal mediators, such as insulin-like growth factors found in milk and other animal products. If people must have milk or yogurt, we recommend non-dairy alternatives or goat’s milk, cheese, and kefir, and always organic and grass fed. Most people can’t digest Cow milk anyways, and goat’s milk has a significantly lower amount of lactose, making it easier on everyone’s digestive system.

Avoid excess Alcohol

Alcohol is a natural diuretic, which means the more you drink, the more dehydrated you become. It can damage the liver and other internal organs. It saps the natural moisture from your skin as well, which can make those wrinkles and fine lines seem like bigger deals. It can also trigger rosacea outbreaks.

 

How many of these will you try? Which ones are your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!

 

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