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The skin and diet connection

by Delilah Velez

Suffering from pesky skin issues? You have tried every cream, remedy, and topical solution on the market, and to no avail. Surprisingly, next step in addressing skin conditions is assessing your diet.

Your diet can play a dramatic role in the appearance of your skin. The visible appearance of your skin is a reflective indicator of underlying health conditions influenced by certain foods, ingredients, herbs, and PH levels. For example, Acne prone skin and inflamed skin is a reflection of too much acidity in the diet. Perhaps the individual is keen to eating a lot of red meat, citrus, caffeine, and chocolate, which are all foods extremely high in acidity. The high acidity levels in these foods cause the skins Acid Mantle to fluctuate, causing redness, swelling, irritation, and active pus filled acne lesions. To help combat the redness and inflammation, it is important that the acne patient eats a well balanced alkalized diet. This type of diet would include cutting out tomatoes, citrus, red meat, and chocolate. The exclusion of these items, along with proper product use and home care, can significantly help improve the skin’s appearance. Some examples of Alkaline foods include greens (spinach, kale, lettuce), cucumbers, and egg whites. Some alkaline fruits include apples, bananas, grapes, peaches, pear, watermelon and berries. A fresh fruit smoothie blend of these fruits and veggies, along with proper product use, will surely put you on the right path towards smooth, glowing skin.

Another possible cause for inflamed skin is the allergic reaction to dairy. Processed dairy products contain growth hormones used to make cows produce faster, but in humans these chemicals affect the sebaceous glands on the face, and create large acne lesions.

Another key factor in improving skin’s overall appearance is the increase of water consumption. When the skin is dry, it is lacking oils, when the skin is dehydrated, it is lacking water. To observe the difference between the dry and dehydrated skin, observe the skin for certain qualities and characteristics. Skin that is lacking is water usually has a rougher texture, while skin that is lacking in oil can produce visible dryness and flakiness. To remediate dehydrated skin, it is recommended to increase your daily intake of water. This will help not only to replenish your skin, but also boost its glow and overall appearance.

What you put in your body plays a tremendous role on your health, particularly your skin’s appearance. By following these basic tips, you can begin to notice changes in your skin. It is recommended to pair your diet improvements with quality skincare products. For product recommendations,  schedule a consultation with your local Esthetician.

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