Ask Leah: How Diet Effects Your Skin
The skin is the largest organ in the body and it is affected by many factors like our diet, hormones genetics and lifestyle.
Below we take a closer look at each factor:
- Diet- the kinds of food a person habitually eats.
- Hormones-a regulatory substance produced in an organism and transported in tissue fluids such as blood or sap to stimulate specific cells or tissues into action.
- Lifestyle-the way in which you live your life. Good lifestyle practices include getting 8 hours of sleep, hitting the gym and limiting caffeine intake.
- Genetics-heredity and variation of inherited characteristics.
In this blog post, I want to take a deeper dive on diet as it relates to skincare. I am not a nutritionist or therapist, but have I a lot of personal experience understanding what and why things happen to my body according to my diet.
Common dietary restrictions of healthy skin:
Some of the most common dietary restrictions for better skin are no gluten, no dairy and no sugar.
Let’s do a quick update on what those restrictions look like:
- Dairy: dairy cows are injected with artificial hormones which could affect the milk. In combination with processed sugars and refined foods, dairy can affect the insulin levels in your body and makes you more prone to breaking out.
- Gluten: gluten is the substance that is president in cereal, grains barley and rye. It can affect your digestive system as well as contribute to eczema psoriasis acne and chronic dry skin.
- Sugar: when we eat too much refined sugar it creates an insulin spike causing inflammation which is harmful to our joints, muscles, stomach and our skin
It’s important to understand that your skin changes daily based on all of the factors above and MORE. I encourage you to get to know your body inside and out and love it for the amazing vessel that it is!