We all have our own theories, regimes, and priorities when it comes to our skincare routines. Some of us opt for natural homemade remedies while others invest in a host of skin care products to keep their skin looking fresh and healthy. Having said that, all of us are well aware of what works for our skin and what doesn’t.
For one, I tend to spend a lot of time as well as money determining what is the best approach I should resort to as far as my skin health is concerned. Unfortunately, most of us tend to ignore one of the most important aspects of skincare which contributes largely and significantly towards the nature and health of our skin – our diet.
What role does your diet play in improving your skin
You may have probably heard it said over and over. We all know that what’s inside of us reflects on the outside. I realise now just how true that statement is. Whatever you put inside your body has a direct and substantial impact on the way your skin appears, considering just how sensitive our skin is.
For the most part, I have never been the kind of girl who scrutinised what she ate to extreme degrees or was always on some crazy diet. And neither have I ever endorsed that sort of behaviour. All I tried to do throughout the day was to simply balance out the negatives and the positives in my diet but in a well-balanced manner.
How did I get into a diet plan?
I was never, however, much into planning and organising or even preparing what I was going to eat for the day beforehand. On the contrary, I would grab whatever I wanted to eat during the day on a whim!
For instance, if I knew that I had Chocolate Digestive biscuits sitting in my kitchen cabinet, I would have no qualms about having 4 or more of those for breakfast. Following that, I’d balance it with salads and fruit at some point throughout the day.
I have never smoked cigarettes, do not take recreational drugs of any form, and have no more than an occasional alcoholic drink once in a while. In particular, I’d like to advise you to stay away from any sort of substance abuse too. The ill-effects of it directly show up on your face over time.
My kryptonite, though, has always been chocolate. I think I can relate to many of you out there when I say that I simply cannot resist any item that has chocolate in it. On the contrary, I have never been averse to eating fruit or vegetables in any way, but I’d always prefer an eatable containing chocolate any day, any time.
The repercussions of such hapless eating did not register for a good portion of my life. Having said that, I did start to feel the consequences once I reached the 30-year mark.
Feeling lethargic, slump, and running out of energy by 11:30 am is not exactly ideal, especially when you’re working all day and need to maintain a consistent optimal performance with a set standard of quality.
I started to feel like I was tired all the time and that badly reflected on my skin. My face began looking tired and extremely dull. Not only that, this paved the way for much more frequent and random breakouts.
The Relation Between My Diet and Skin Health:
This was a turning point in how I took care of my skin. I realised that if I wanted to achieve skin that is naturally radiant and healthy looking, the secret was not just in my skin brightening skin care.
In addition to that, I’d have to introduce an element of organisation and preparation into my diet as well so I would start feeling rejuvenated from the inside.
I started to research about the kinds of foods that could help my skin get back to its naturally radiant state. In a time span as short as 2 months, my skin started depicting apparent visible results which were nothing short of remarkable.
In other words, developing a weekly nutrition schedule to note and track results is the first step to achieving any long-term goal; and I did just that.
How I made this diet work to clear my skin?
I started off by promising myself I would only eat healthy food I enjoyed or else this would not last very long for me. Loading my diet with protein, an essential part of everyday meal portions, Salmon fish in particular, was one of the best options as it is full of the essential fatty acids like omega 3 that keep your skin smooth and plump.
I also found a host of vegetables and fruits that were the ideal sources of essential vitamins. Red and yellow bell peppers for vitamin A and C, broccoli for zinc, lutein, and sulforaphane along with vitamins A and C, and tomatoes for enough carotenoids. These nutrients also work wonders in protecting your skin from the harsh UV rays of the sun
I always bypassed snacks such as sunflower seeds, or any seed for that matter I know they are really good for you but it is better to eat healthy food that you actually enjoy. I did not want this to just be a faze in my life so I chose snacks I did find tasty like almonds, strawberries, cashews, and citrus fruits.
Although I did have an occasional glass of red wine whenever I fancied it. Having said that, it is also important to frame a menu that was both healthy and delicious. Remember you won’t stick to it very long if you don’t make your meals interesting. and this is precisely what happened to me! In fact, I even managed to sneak in some dark chocolate which is popular for being full of antioxidants!
How did eating well affect my overall lifestyle?
The changes I made in my eating habits at that point in time completely changed the way I felt on a day to day basis. Not only does it make you feel much more energised for longer periods of time, but also increases your stamina so that you don’t have to drag through the day in a state of lethargy and fatigue.
I felt refreshed and ready to perform, no longer feeling fatigued and wanting to sleep all the time. My internal well being and happiness reflected drastically on my skin. In addition to the visible glow on my face, I also witnessed the declining frequency of my breakouts. All it takes is a bit of change and you can turn it all around!
Here is the diet schedule that I followed every week:
Summing it up:
So, what are you waiting for? This worked amazingly well for me and will do for you too. Just remember to be consistent and largely committed to your cause. The results may take anywhere between a couple for weeks to a month to manifest themselves. But it will surely happen sooner than you can fathom!