Do you have a good skincare routine yet feel your skin is not looking it’s best? Then read on….
I’m a big believer in ‘you are what you eat’, what you put in your body will show through your skin. I’m not professing to be any kind of nutritional expert but I know from experience that to run efficiently your body needs the right fuel.
My own eating regime can use a LOT of adjustments this is mainly due to time, work, kids and planning. All these things can affect how and when we eat, however I am aware of the changes I need to make, which is the first step and I try my best whenever I can to make good choices.
If you want to see great results you have to be consistent and whilst any changes are heading in the right direction, as with anything, the more effort you put in the better results you will see.
Your skin takes on average 4-6 weeks to do its natural renewal cycle so it can take that amount of time to see any results, so don’t be disheartened and keep focused your hard work will pay off.
Here are some things to help:
- Make sure you get your 5 a day, fruit and vegetables contain powerful antioxidants that help to protect your skin from the cellular damage caused by free radicals (smoking, pollution and sunlight).
- Eat a colourful rainbow of fruit and vegetables a day, the brighter (and darker with greens) the better.
- Vitamin C is a super antioxidant, it is needed for a strong immune system, radiant skin, to heal blemishes and produce collagen. Best sources of vitamin C are strawberries, kiwi, citrus fruits, broccoli, blueberries and sweet potato to name a few.
- Tomatoes and brazil nuts are a great source of selenium which is needed to protect against skin cancer, sun damage and age spots.
- Foods high in Vitamin E such as avocado, hazelnuts, almonds and pine nuts are a great way of supporting healthy skin growth.
- Healthy fats are an essential part of your diet to keep your skin moisturised and supple Avocado, fish , nuts and seeds are the best sources. Omega 3 is also found in these foods and can help inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
- Make sure you are still getting a good source of carbohydrate and protein too this will help fuel your body for the day ahead, give you energy and also build and repair muscle tissue.
- Hydration – this will show dramatically in the skin, the slightest bit of dehydration will cause dull, dry, lined skin and dark circles. Try and drink 6 to 8 glasses a day and cut down on caffeine and alcohol as these will dehydrate you further. If you find water boring try adding a slice of lemon or even some fresh mint to give it taste.
- Digestion and liver function also play a big part in how your skin will look, if either of these are not functioning as efficiently as possible it will show in your skin as tired, dull, spot prone etc. Water with a slice of lemon in the morning is a great way to improve your liver function and chewing your food well and taking time to sit and eat slowly, with good posture will all help your digestive system.
My personal eating goals are to eat more regularly, breakfast is always a struggle for me I don’t always feel like eating first thing in the morning and I don’t really like sweet things so all cereal seems sweet to me. I prefer toast or savoury items, eggs, avocado, spinach, bacon etc which when I am working from home I will cook for myself (once I’ve dropped all the kids off at school) but when I am up at 4 am to get ready for work I just don’t have the time.
Snacks, I don’t snack at all and I think that’s where my digestion problems stem from as I starve my body from one meal to the next then overload it with a massive portion. I need to get used to stopping mid morning and mid afternoon for a healthy snack.
I DEFINITELY need to drink more water, this is a struggle for me but something I have to try and consciously do as my skin is dehydrated and I do suffer from headaches which I’m sure are down to my lack of fluids.
Taking food to work, this is also something i never do, when I am at a wedding I’m generally up at 4am set off at 5 am to get there and start bridal prep for 6 am. Depending on the size of the party which is on average 6 people that means I am stood working for over 6 straight hours no food = no fuel, my body is powered on adrenaline and by the time I’m packed up and home it can be 2/3 pm and my body has had nothing, sometimes I will eat as soon as I get home but sometimes I will wait til tea at 5 pm then wonder why my body feels like its shutting down.
It is hard to eat at work, even when I’m provided with food as I’m so busy, however I do need to look after my body as I am my business so without me fully functioning I’ve nothing.
I’d love to hear what your goals are and if you have any tips.
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