Skincare

It’s Time To Go Beyond Face Creams

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It takes more than just face cream to get a glowing complexion.

Breakouts, acne, rashes, fine lines, wrinkles…the list of our skin woes is never-ending! And every time we get solutions to solve them, they just keep coming back, like an irritating fly not ready to leave our side!

Scoring creams over creams, serums, and essential oils, there seems to be no end to the purchases we secure just to get rid of that one zit or spot on our cheek. And if that’s not enough, we even whip up some homemade, topical masks and creams for our skin! Well, it’s good to get some good foods on our skin to get that radiant glow, while reducing the appearance of any dark spots or acne, but it gets even better, when those super foods become a part of our diet, only to be consumed (rather than be topically-applied!), on a daily basis.

We’re not saying no to creams, rather we’re suggesting you to balance the use of right creams with the right food, that you consume on a daily basis.

Do you know that not all the foods you consume on your regular diet may suit your skin. In fact, some may become one of the major reasons for causing certain breakouts. Even if you’re using the right skincare products! Thus, to combat the daily skin issues, we introduce ‘The Skin Diet’- a diet that helps you maintain a good balance between the right foods and the right skin care products.

What is the Skin Diet?
Set differently for each skin type, this form of diet, is no different than your regular diet (well at least in some aspects!) You have a list determining the right foods, suiting both your skin and body! However, there is one aspect that stands out, this diet also allows you to establish specific intervals at which you can use your set creams or serums.

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What are the benefits of following a Skin Diet?
Before we let slip the basic diets for every skin type, let us understand the benefits of following a ‘skin diet’.

Smooth Texture:
Vitamin C, plentiful in this produce, is vital for the production and formation of collagen, which is the skin’s support structure. A strong support layer underneath helps smooth what’s on top and prevents the formation of any wrinkles.

Fewer Wrinkles:
The Inflammation produces free radicals, which contributes to ageing, by attacking collagen. Fish and nuts, plus fortified eggs, are rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which fight inflammation in the body caused by sun and stress. Omega-3 is important for the heart and brain health, too.

Sun Protection:
Generally, seeds and nuts are loaded with vitamin E. Collectively, they act together like an army, protecting skin from free radicals, damaging agents introduced by things like UV rays and pollution.

Clearer Skin:
A few studies have found that a low-glycemic diet (more whole grains, protein and produce) may reduce acne. One explanation is that low-glycemic foods keep insulin steady, and refined carbs and sugar spike it. The surges may boost production of androgens, hormones that, when elevated, can cause zits. Although, more studies are needed to prove the link, but experts do advocate this fact.

A Fresh Complexion:
Beta-carotene is a type of carotenoid (a group of plant pigments) that gives orange and red veggies their colour. Your body converts beta-carotene to vitamin A, which regulates cell production and turnover (the process by which old cells are shed and replaced by new ones) so skin’s surface is smooth and fresh. Beta-carotene, and other carotenoids like lutein and lycopene, may also protect against and repair the damage sun does to the skin.

A Youthful Glow:
Zinc and iron, are the key minerals to a healthy skin functioning. Zinc contributes to cell production, plus natural cell sloughing, which keeps dullness at bay. Also, red blood cells need iron to carry oxygen to the skin, giving you a youthful glow.

Dewy Skin:
Your skin cells contain mostly water, and if you’re dehydrated, your skin will look and feel parched, too! But you needn’t chug 8 cups a day—any source of H2O (that includes from fruits and veggies) counts toward your daily water intake. Simply ward off dehydration and dryness by drinking consistently throughout the day and, of course, whenever you’re thirsty.

Skin Diets for every skin type

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For Dry Skin:
Skin Behaviour – Dry skin has nothing to do with lack of moisture, but rather the outer layer of your skin’s ability to maintain stable moisture levels. Dry skin is characterised by very tight pores, a rough complexion with visible lines and red patchiness.

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How To Treat (Diet) – People who suffer from dry skin should consume foods that contain healthy fats and oil to give their skin more moisture and suppleness. Foods like avocados, nuts and olive oil are strongly recommended to add into your cooking. One of the major problems for dry skin is the lack of water, so you should always have a bottle of water with you to hydrate the skin. You can also load up on foods that are rich in vitamin A – tomatoes, passion fruit, carrots, and spinach – to help your skin retain moisture. Also, those with dry skin should avoid any supplements.

For Oily Skin:
Skin Behaviour – Shiny skin that’s often worsened by hormonal changes in your body, or over-treating with high-alcohol content products. You may suffer from blackheads and spots, or enlarged pores around your T-zone.

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How To Treat (Diet) – First of all, avoid fatty meat such as beef, lamb, sausages and anything that contains a high amount of saturated fat. To combat your shiny feature, consume foods that are on a low-glycemic Index, such as whole grains, pastas, oat meals, sweet potatoes, beans and fruits. Such foods don’t spike up your blood sugar level and it’s said to improve your complexion and reduce inflammation. It is also advised to reduce consumption of items with high sugar content for it will increase the oil on your skin.

For Sensitive Skin:
Skin Behaviour – Easily irritated, sensitive skin may have a bumpy texture, with dry patches or redness all over.

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How To Treat (Diet) – The adage that ‘you are what you eat’ is very true in the case of skin sensitivity, but, the diet is too often ignored as a contributor to skin health. Cutting down on processed foods, bad fats, sugar, caffeine and alcohol and upping intakes of fresh fruit, vegetables and omega 3’s will have the added bonus of boosting energy levels, brain power, healthy hair and contributing to weight loss. Indeed! A healthy and varied diet rich in fruit, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, beans and omega 3 fatty acids is key to keep skin hydrated and provide all the vitamins and minerals it needs to perform a healthy function. Drinking enough fluids acts as a flushing system in the body to help remove toxins that could otherwise build up and cause skin sensitivity. Drink at least eight glasses of pure, filtered water daily to help your body detoxify.

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For Combination Skin:
Skin Behaviour – Combination skin can be tricky to identify because it features two or more types of skin at once. Normally those with combination skin have an oily T-zone, but dry or normal skin elsewhere.

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How To Treat (Diet) – We usually work with combination skin externally, but there are also a few things you can focus on internally to help. The key here is balance—it always comes back to balance. You can eat veggies of every colour, especially green and orange. These are high in minerals, beta carotene, and fiber. Also, you can eat fermented foods, such as dosa, appam, dal and soybeans. They’re already partially broken down and the enzymes in the foods help your stomach to break your food down better, which means that your intestines can pull nutrients out more readily. Cut out on processed foods and sugars. They gunk up your liver and don’t put any helpful love into your bloodstream that can feed your skin. However, do drink enough water, as your skin needs to stay hydrated all day long!

Besides, people with combination skin could also take an essential fatty acid supplement and work on maintaining proper Omega balance in your body. This is great for combination skin because these fatty acids play a crucial role in helping better the look and appearance of the skin. These, most often, come in the form of fish oil supplements, but can come from the other sources as well. Though it seems like taking an oil supplement would increase the oiliness of the skin, it actually doesn’t.

About the author

Monika Doshi

Digital content writer, dancer and an avid reader of thriller fiction. Have an obsessive urge to travel and explore whatever comes in my way. With an even inescapable love for my stack of lipsticks!