Acne and similar skin conditions can affect people of all ages. For some, acne and poor skin can be the cause of enormous embarrassment and frustration, often leading to personal image and self confidence issues.
The condition of your skin can depend on a range of factors including diet, exercise, stress levels, chemical imbalance and hereditary conditions. Everyone's body is made up
differently, and sometimes finding the right balance for clear skin can be difficult, however sticking to the fundamentals of good overall health will have a dramatic impact on the condition of your skin.
It's no great mystery that what you eat has a huge affect on the vibrancy and clarity of your skin. Creating your own clear skin diet is all about attitude, being aware of what you're fueling your body with and what affect it'll have on how your body performs on a daily basis. Some simple tips that you can implement into your daily life are:
- Ensure you get plenty of water. Staying hydrated helps to cleanse your body of toxins and adds moisture to your skin. A good tip is to have two large glasses of water as soon as you wake up in the morning (don't skull) and wait at least 10 minutes before starting breakfast.
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. You should ensure you're getting AT LEAST five servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Start the day off on the right foot and have some fruit with your breakfast, and continue through the day. A few choices that are excellent for healthy skin are avocado, ginger, berries, peppermint tomato and cucumber. Buy a range of fruits and veges as they all contain different nutrients that act differently to help your skin and body develop.
- Garlic is an all round super-food. It will give your skin a cleansing boost as well as helping build immunity and all round good health. If you can handle it, eat a clove of garlic before you go to bed at night.
- Dairy products have been linked with the development of acne. While it is important to maintain some level of dairy in your diet, avoid excess consumption.
- Limit coffee and alcohol intake. Coffee and alcohol dehydrate your skin and can lead to a dry, rough complexion.
- Use common sense when choosing the food you eat. Chocolate is the cliché food for acne, but the truth is eating too much chocolate, or fatty, greasy foods encourage oily, unhealthy skin. Choose an interesting salad or smoothie instead of takeaways.
- Cinnamon is a valuable spice to help oxygenate your skin. Add cinnamon and other spices to your meal, or make a batch of apple and cinnamon tea.
- Don't Smoke. Smoking has a huge short and long-term affect on the health of your skin. Not only does smoking dehydrate your skin, it sends an array of toxins into your bloodstream undoing all of the good work of the steps above. Not to mention that having a cigarette is five minutes of blowing dirty smoke directly into your face.
While some foods have a greater impact than others, developing a diet for clear skin is based around common sense and keeping a healthy diet-attitude. Many people struggle to get past the mindset that eating healthy has to be a chore, become accustomed to enjoying a large, interesting salad for lunch, buy a variety of fruits and vegetables and try something new.
Through eating a healthy, intelligent diet, you will soon see changes in the clarity and vibrancy of your skin, even within two to three days. As well as eating the right foods, try and get 45 minutes to an hour of exercise per day, don't allow yourself to become stressed, make a conscious effort to avoid touching your face and hair with your hands and maintain a good hygiene routine.