How to Eat for Vibrant Skin
Skincare routines - we all have them. We all live by them (perhaps religiously). But do we really know if they're working? Beyond that, do we know what they are doing to our bodies under the surface? And lastly, are our routines all-encompassing - meaning, are we thinking about everything we're exposed to/consume and our skin is responding?
Through this whole health and wellness journey, I feel like I've got the general things covered: I have a regular workout routine (balanced and not obsessive), I understand the foods I'm eating and how they make me feel (and less importantly but still relevant - how they make me look). I prioritize my sleep (have had a good grasp on this one for a while...). But when it comes to the skin thing...I've never had that one on lock-down.
I knew it was time to ask for help, but I wanted to try it the natural way first, so I got in touch with Eric Cooper from Pressed Vibrance (you can read his story here!) and he had some great tidbits of knowledge that I'd love to share with you all...
We all know that we are what we eat. We should also know that the foods we eat can play a role into how our skin looks, feels, and becomes vibrant. Here are some ideal tips for a more glowing skin:
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate.
Your skin is your largest organ and is fully dependent on how well and often you hydrate! Our body’s biochemical and cellular processes require water to function; our skin is no exception to that fact! Did you know that 64% of our skin is made up of water? Skin that lacks sufficient hydration can end up being dry, tight, itchy and at times flaky – resulting in less radiance overall (hello acne, and blemishes).
It’s amazing how your skin can transform (almost overnight) when consuming nutrient-rich alkaline water! Tip: First thing in the morning, consume around 18-20 oz of water. This will help flush out toxins and start your day off on a hydrating note.
Foods to eat in abundance.
Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables (raw) have shown to be effective in clearing one's skin as well as maintaining skin radiance. A study has shown that those who consume red and orange vegetables each day had the greatest skin complexion. Rich in vitamin A, beta-carotene and other essential skin nutrients, carrots (and sweet potatoes) should be consumed on the regular! Preferably raw would be the best way to consume.
Certainly the rich anti-inflammatory powerhouse Turmeric is a wonder for the skin. Make sure to use whole root when cooking and avoid any turmeric supplements as most of them are missing whole-root turmeric.
Heard of DMAE (Dimethylaminoethanol)? It promotes healthy skin by protecting the integrity of cell membranes. This essential nutrient can be found in cold-water wild-caught salmon. Furthering the beneficial properties of consuming this fish would be for it’s omegas of course, but also for the protection of arachidonic acid (AA), which is a precursor that leads to wrinkle formation!
Additional foods to eat for radiant skin include: Avocados, spinach, almonds, Brazil nuts, walnuts, sardines, red peppers, blueberries, oysters, grapefruits and chia seeds. The idea here is to eat the rainbow on a daily basis at every meal!
Foods to avoid: caffeine, dairy, red meats, sugar, processed foods and gluten. These have all shown to aid in breaking down our skin at a cellular level, meaning it’s harder for your skin to function properly. Balancing hormones and the gut are also essential to maintaining radiance on the skin level.
Shower - in cold water.
In the morning, rather then taking a hot shower, bring the temperature down...way down. This will help prevent the hot water or steam from the shower from washing away the natural protective oils. Opt for a cooler shower with colder water – tough, but well worth it!
Be mindful of your products.
Keep your facial, body, and cleaning products as clean and organic as possible. Much like the chemicals in our food products, facial and body products are LOADED with chemicals that your skin simply doesn’t need, and can be a deterrent to clean and vibrant looking skin! You can be eating all the best skin foods, but if you’re products are loaded with chemicals, it won’t help much.
A great resource for determining which products are safe is the website and app EWG's Skin Deep. It was created by one of the most trusted research groups doing work in all types of products. I would suggest searching all of your products, and seeing how they rank.
Hey guys, Jeannie here! This is something I've begun implementing into my routine and have started to see some amazing results.You can find the Dry Brush I use here. If you're interested in learning more, Lee From America has some amazing posts and videos about the purpose and benefits of dry brushing.
And what about collagen supplements?
I’m sure there are a few of you readers that have taken, or are taking, collagen supplements or powders. It's important to know that in order for collagen to absorb in the body, we have to have a component of vitamin C, which most of these supplements don't contain. I would only advise that you consume marine collagen, as it’s much more easily absorbed in the body than beef or land animal proteins.
Lastly, it is absolutely essential to lower the stresses in your life, which can lead to breakouts, oily skin, and more or less a stressed out skin! Breath-work, yoga and meditation are all great ways to lower those stressors. The good news is, when you follow a simple methodology to feeding your skin and avoiding the inflammatory triggers, it is completely possible to naturally regain the vibrance of your skin! Just be mindful of what you put on your skin and in your body!
In an effort to finally clear up my skin, I'm working closely with Eric on consuming the right foods, eliminating products that contain harsh chemicals, and incorporating more natural skincare, beauty, and cleaning products into my routine. As always, I promise to share my REAL experience with this (kind of major) lifestyle shift. Stay tuned for more info on my journey!
If you're interested in the products I've been incorporating, I've linked them below. Lastly, would love some suggestions on clean makeup lines that work well! Leave me a note in the comments or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.