While hormones, the changing of the seasons, and air pollutants can affect the way your skin looks and feels, so too do certain foods, which is why it’s important to stay away from these three food groups if you truly want great skin.
Sugar, especially refined sugar, is a pro-inflammatory meaning it can worsen many common skin conditions like acne, rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis. Refined sugar has also been linked to higher rates of skin cancer and signs of skin ageing. Refined sugar can be found in most processed foods including white bread, soda, fruit juice, sugary cereals, soda and even those so-called “healthy” snack bars. If you find yourself craving a little sweet treat, opt for dark chocolate instead, which is full of skin boosting antioxidants.
Some dairy products can upset the hormonal balance in your body because they can contain hormones and antibiotics. So if you suffer from skin conditions such as acne or rosacea you should avoid all milk, cheese and ice cream unless they are hormone and antibiotic free. Of course, eliminating dairy from your diet may mean you’re no longer getting enough calcium into your system. That’s why it’s important to incorporate other non-dairy food sources that contain the critical mineral such as dark leafy greens, fortified tofu, sardines and nuts. It’s also worth considering a supplement such as Kiki Health’s Alkaline Infusion, which is packed with alkalising minerals (calcium, magnesium and potassium), alongside vitamin C to boost the manufacture of essential collagen, and bamboo powder (rich in silica) to strengthen hair and nails.
Foods grown with pesticides
Foods containing high levels of pesticides have been associated with skin cancer and advanced signs of aging, which is why it’s important to choose organic produce whenever possible. In addition, pesticides can also increase the risk of skin inflammation, which is when the skin becomes red and swollen as a result of your body fighting off these foreign invaders. So try filling up on organic avocados, sweet potatoes, peppers, broccoli, and tomatoes, which contain high doses of skin loving vitamins.