Your skin is a significant factor when it comes to making a first impression about you (age, good looks, etc.), but also the reflection of your inner health.
When you put it this way, you can see how your diet can impact your skin even more than expensive skincare products. A radiant complexion is achieved through proper hydration and a balanced diet, but not everyone finds the same diet satisfying.
That’s why we’re going to present you three diets that can benefit your skin tone, so that you can choose the one that works the best for you.
The modern day diet is full of processed foods, refined sugars and trans fats – all three having devastating effect on your skin.
The Paleo diet is based on lean proteins (eggs, edamame, pork chops, chicken tenderloins, turkey and chicken breast, etc.), fruits and vegetables, and healthy fats (olive oil, nuts, seeds…). A nutrient-dense diet, such as this, can heal your body from the inside and show off those changes from the outside (on the hair, nails and skin).
The Paleo diet addresses three common causes of unhealthy skin: nutrient deficiencies, gut dysbiosis and inflammation. It excludes seed oils from your diet making your skin less prone to inflammation and includes the vitamins and minerals needed for a glowing complexion.
One of the biggest perks of this diet is the nose-to-tail eating, because it includes plenty of collagen building foods like tendons, skin and bone broth.
This type of diet excludes protein gluten. Some of the allowed (and delicious) gluten-free foods are seeds, nuts, beans, fresh eggs, most dairy products (the ones without thickening agents made with grains), fruits and veggies, poultry, fish and fresh meat. Also, contrary to the popular belief, many grains and starches can be included in gluten-free diet – e.g. quinoa, buckwheat, rice, tapioca, etc.
Foods that are out of the question are rye, barley, triticale, spelt, wheat, beer, pastas, soups, French fries, etc. Some of these products have their gluten-free alternatives.
Primarily, a gluten-free diet is often used to treat celiac disease symptoms, but it has great benefits for health and skin. Many of us have some sort of allergy to gluten that manifests in inflammation and acne. On the other hand, nutritious foods included in a gluten diet can only contribute to your skin’s elasticity and appearance.
Raw Food Diet
Fully raw diet means eating plant-based foods (fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and leafy greens) which are consumed in their natural form, without steaming or cooking.
As you see, raw veganism isn’t just about eating your veggies – it is about eating uncooked food (food can be heated below 48°C), that hasn’t been canned, refined or chemically processed. Cooking or processing foods makes them lose their natural enzymes we need to keep our bodies healthy. Such an holistic approach to diet can be the perfect road towards a clear and gentle skin.
Since raw foods are rich in phytoestrogens, they can counteract the lack of estrogen and thus slows down the loss of elastin and collagen. Another great perk of a raw diet is that it lightens the burden of your liver, which is in charge of eliminating toxins from your body and skin.
The fact that raw foods are rich in fiber and higher in water content only contribute to their incredible impact to a youthful and glowing complexion.
Let us get one thing clear: there is no perfect diet that suits everyone. We all have our different needs, cravings and skin types.
Still, you can address your unique skin issues with a diet that suits you the most, while adjusting it to your preferences. Every diet type, regardless of how unappealing it might seem to you, has some delicious foods and amazing benefits.
As long as you stay clear of processed foods and refined sugars, you should be fine.
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