As a skincare expert and natural perfumer, I'm obviously into what I put on my skin. I'm also really into diet and exercise (mainly yoga & pilates), and what I put into my body. The following are my tips for improving your skin from the inside out.
Yes to PCOA
Which equals = protein, cruciferous veggies, omega-3s, and antioxidants.
If you eat animal protein, choose locally-sourced, grass fed animals, and wild fish, which help to stabilize blood sugar, and can prevent adult onset diabetes and acne. Ideally, 25% of your daily diet should come from protein. I eat both animal and non animal protein. My favorite animal proteins are wild salmon and grass fed beef. Favorite non animal sources of protein include lentils, quinoa, chickpeas, edamame, amaranth, chia seeds, hemp milk, almonds, and peanut butter.
Cruciferous vegetables such as brussels sprouts, kale, broccoli, and cauliflower contain the pytonutrient sulforaphane, which stimulates liver detoxification (another way to detoxify the liver is to do yoga twists). When you detoxify the liver, you improve the skin by eliminating excess hormones such as estrogen. Best bang for your buck is to incorporate a smoothie in your daily diet.
Omega-3s added to your diet improve skin firmness by breaking down collagen. Foods rich in omega-3s include walnuts, flaxseed, avocados, fish or the oil of fish. I like to eat a handful of raw walnuts every day, and take a flaxseed & fish oil supplement.
Antioxidants such as vitamin A and C help to remove free radicals that damage skin cells. Foods rich in vitamin A include sweet potatoes and carrots. Berries and kiwi are some of my favorite vitamin C rich foods. Add them to a smoothie, or swap a side of regular fries with sweet potato fries with that grass fed burger!
No to SDPW
Avoid or minimize the intake of sweets, dairy, processed foods, and wine. If you, like me, enjoy a glass of vino at the end of the day, choose organic wine (usually wine from other countries are organically processed). If you like sweets, have a sweet on a special occasion, and substitute with fruits and a delicious smoothie.
Avoid dairy, especially cheese, if you are acne-prone, and choose organic, local, or raw milk if you must have it. Eat leafy greens like kale and collard greens, which have high amounts of calcium.
While I say "no way" to processed foods, they're hard to avoid. These include breads, cereals, pasta, and rice. Choose whole grain pasta, organic rice, granola, and whole grain bread from the local bakery or make your own (recipe coming soon).
Try the 30 day good skin diet and feel free to post your results!