Sometimes it feels like no skincare product is helping, even when we stick them out for the proper amount of time. It is tough news to break, but to see the healthiest version of your skin possible, the skincare needs to begin from the inside.
The foods we eat not only fuel our day-to-day activities but also affect our health, and our health is always reflected in our skin. I’m willing to bet you know what foods you should be incorporating into your diet (we’ve all heard about the 5-a-day rule for fruits and veggies)—but do you know what foods you should be avoiding? Some may surprise you!
Excessive salt: Salt is both good and bad for you; your body needs it, but only to a certain extent. When we eat excessively salty foods such as deli meats and canned soups, we are far surpassing the delicate balance of salt in our bodies, leading to puffiness in the skin (A.K.A unsightly eye bags).
Dairy: Dairy is known for calcium, and calcium is known for strengthening our bones, but there is more to the equation. While calcium is good for us, the hormones in milk are not. Many, many people have reported cases of acne related to their dairy-intake—so if you have noticed acne particularly in the hormonal zone of your face (the jaw line), try eliminating dairy from your diet for a few weeks to see if it helps alleviate your symptoms.
Coffee: This is news that no one wants to hear, but your coffee may be negatively affecting your skin. The acid in coffee raises cortisol levels (a stress hormone) causing excessive oil production and inflammation. It is also a diuretic, meaning that unless you are taking in a lot of water to balance the effects of the caffeine, it is dehydrating you and your skin.
Alcohol: Alcohol, like coffee, dehydrates you and your skin. If you have ever woken up feeling miserable after a night of drinking, just think of how that bodily mayhem will show up on your skin. The stress on the liver can show up in skin irritations, but it is also common to see dark circles and dehydrated skin as physical symptoms of your night out.
And lastly, whether or not you want to experiment or eliminate any of the aforementioned foods is up to you! If you suspect there is a particular food that is upsetting you however, whether through physical, mental or—in particular—skin symptoms, it is best to avoid the food and get tested for an allergy or food intolerance. This is perhaps one of the easiest and most straightforward ways to eliminate a skin irritation. And if you know you are allergic to something, don’t forget to check that it is not in your skincare and makeup! Sometimes it can sneak into the ingredient list under a name we don’t recognize, and lead to some confusing skin irritations.