We all struggle with our skin from time to time, no? (If you aren't, then please, tell the world your secrets!)
But if you and your skin aren't exactly friends right now, it's important to focus on the inside as well as out. You can actually start to improve the look and feel of your skin with nutrition!
THE SKIN STRUGGLE IS REAL
Here are some signs your skin may need some extra TLC some suggestions on what to do about it.
Keep in mind that these recommendations are considered first steps. There are many external and internal factors affecting our skin and oftentimes, we need to dive a little deeper to completely solve the problem.
But, as always, I like to work one bite at a time so the following reccs are a great place to start!
DRY FLAKY SKIN (+ ECZEMA FLARE UPS)
If you find your skin is flaking, you have a dry scalp, or eczema patches are popping up, your skin is seriously dried out. Hydrating your skin is a great place to start.
⚡️ Make sure you are drinking lots of H2O (herbal teas are a great alternative to plain water in the colder months). As a general rule of thumb, you want to be dinking about 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water daily, and even more if you're active. (So for example, if you weighed 150 lbs, you'd want to aim for 75 fluid oz aka 9 cups of water daily.)
⚡️ It's also important to protect our skin from the elements during the winter months, which can be very drying. Do you wear a scarf outside? Or have one of those parka hoods that feel like a warm hug? Keep yourself covered up out there, folks.
⚡️ Both dry skin and eczema will benefit from increased Omega 3 consumption. You can supplement with a quality fish oil or up your intake of fatty fish (like salmon, sardines and anchovies). If you are vegetarian, you can find quality Omega 3's in fresh ground flax seed, chia seeds and walnuts.
SUPER SENSITIVE SKIN
If you're noticing redness, rashes, itchy skin or are prone to flushing, then you definitely want to consider your skin sensitive.
⚡️ It can be tricky to pinpoint the root cause of sensitive skin (and important to check your product ingredients), but a good rule of thumb is to take a look at your diet.
⚡️ Do you have trigger foods that cause flare ups? Have you changed your diet recently? Try keeping a food journal to pinpoint what seems to have an impact.
⚡️ You may also want to consider working with a practitioner, especially if you suspect food sensitivities are the cause.
There's a difference between occasional pimples and acne, both with very different care interventions.
But if lately, you notice more pimples than usual on your forehead, jawline or around your lower lip, it's important to consider blood sugar balance.
⚡️ Refined carbohydrate consumption spikes our blood sugar which directly contributes to increased acne production.
⚡️ Nothing wrong with carbs! But, if you're feelin' a bowl of pasta, try to balance it out by making sure there is protein + fibre + fat included on your plate. This will slow down that blood sugar spike and help keep acne at bay.
Glowing skin is all about the little things you do every day, and these suggestions are the perfect place to start.
But here's the most important part of good skincare:
👏 Your 👏 relationship 👏 with 👏 food 👏
Because the more you stress about every ingredient, food group and imperfection, the more you're contributing to the problem!
Remember, you are so much more than the package you come in. In fact, your body and your skin are the least interesting things about you.
There is a way to be healthy, enjoy wellness and keep your sanity at the same time.
💛 Swapping wellness-overwhelm for a better relationship with food will change your health (and your skin) from the inside out.
💛 No more crash cleanses, problematic detoxes or Monday morning "overhauls". You deserve so much more.
tl;dr: You can address skin issues like dry, sensitive and acne-prone skin with nutrition. But, if you want to tackle really great skincare, the place to start is a better relationship with food.
💛 Now's your chance to start your Food Freedom Breakthrough. If you're ready to shift your mindset and change your relationship with food, click below for my free Journal Prompt Workbook!