It’s no secret that your diet affects your mind and body. That’s why so many companies have been able to capitalize on products labeled brain food, power food, etc.
But is there a food that works well for the skin?
In short, the answer is yes. In fact, there are many foods out there that can help with your skin. Ready to embark on a healthy epidermis diet? Simply follow the steps below to begin.
Step One: Understand Skin Types (Particularly Yours)
One common mistake people make when attempting to utilize food as a remedy for skin situations is assuming all skin types are the same. Just because your best friend rubs lemon peels over her nose and raves about how this helps reduce blackheads doesn’t necessarily mean you should go to bed with a face full of citrus juice. Depending on your skin type, you could witness completely different results from those of your peers. Applying and/or consuming foods that are good for your skin type in particular is key.
Skin Type 1: Dry Skin
Is your skin sensitive to cold weather conditions? Does it often crack, peel or feel flaky? Would you have trouble locating your pores if your face was thrust under a microscope? If so, you suffer from dry skin.
People Who Suffer From Dry Skin Often Experience:
- Dry Patches
- More Visible Wrinkle Lines
The Best Foods For Dry Skin:
- Water — the key to combating dryness is staying hydrated. As such, water should be consumed and applied often, especially during the winter months.
- Avocado — this vitamin rich choice is excellent for wrinkle reduction and soothing dryness. Add avocado to your salad or apply it to your skin directly. There are tons of avocado face mask recipes available. For the fastest and easiest method, simply combine avocado with avocado oil and a tablespoon of yogurt. Blend the ingredients together and apply the mask liberally with the tips of your fingers letting it remain on your face for approximately 20 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water.
- Honey — obtain that moisturized glow without any aggravation by applying one of nature’s best antioxidants (honey) directly to the face and allowing it to set into the skin for a good 10-15 minutes. Eating and/or drinking honey is also recommended.
Skin Type 2: Oily Skin
If you struggle with moderate to severe acne and your face shines in all the wrong places, you have oily skin.
To Combat Oily Skin And Its Unsightly Side Effects, Try Chowing Down On:
- Citrus — now’s the time to break out the lemon peels and orange rubs. Citrus rinds and juices left on the face for no longer than 10 minutes at a time can help reduce acne and eliminate dead skin cells. Be careful though — these same ingredients can inflame dry, sensitive or broken skin.
- Apple Cider Vinegar — this common grocery store find works wonders on acne when combined with two parts water and applied to the face via cotton ball. Let it sit for approximately ten minutes and then wipe with warm water and pat dry.
- Strawberries — a face full or a mouthful will both do the trick for acne. Strawberries are loaded with salicylic acid, a protective ingredient found in numerous acne fighting products.
Skin Type 3: Combination
If your skin is about as predictable as an episode of Game of Thrones, take refuge in the fact that you are not alone in this. Combination skin is oily. It’s dry. It exhibits traits of eczema, rosacea, acne, even wrinkles. It’s basically a variety bag of rival skin conditions. Spoiler alert: it still can be treated with food!
If You Have Combination Skin, Try:
Applying oily skin care foods directly to your T-zone rather than spreading them all over your face. Removing oil and dead skin cells in the right places will reduce the threat of acne while maintaining a balanced diet that’s heavy in omega 3 fatty acids will aid you in fighting off dry patches.
Food For All Skin Types
No matter your skin type, avoiding high sodium and sugar is a great way to get a radiant glow. Combine this low sugar, low sodium diet with heaping helpings of fruits and veggies and you are sure to see a difference in the texture and luster of your skin.
Food Skincare Throughout History
Finding skin remedies in the kitchen is a tried and true tradition that dates back as far as the recorded history of humankind. Here’s one from the footnotes of ancient Egypt: Beeswax was utilized in conjunction with heavy gauze in order to remove unwanted body hair, much like modern day waxing. Meanwhile, leading lady Cleopatra was notorious for bathing in buckets of milk and inhabitants living in biblical times clambered to get their hands on the edible oil known as Frankincense which they used to fight acne, scarring and wrinkles.
To give you an idea of how important a clear complexion was back then, the beloved Frankincense was notably more valuable than gold. Some of these skin treatments were wacky but people still raved that they worked. Do you have a wacky skin treatment that works? We’d love to hear all about it below.