I’ve said it before, but it bears saying again. Your diet has a role in what your skin looks like. While there is still some debate about whether certain foods can cause pimples, the bottom line is that your skin needs the right nutrients to stay smooth and blemish-free. That’s why making simple dietary changes is such an easy way to clear your skin so that you have the best complexion in town.
1 Nix Your Soda Habit Once and for All
Sugar is one of the biggest offenders when it comes to breakouts. When you eat a lot of the sweet stuff, all that extra insulin can lead to clogged pores. Clogged pores often end up turning into zits. Soda is something that is really high in sugar and doesn’t have any health value whatsoever. By nixing the soda habit, you might notice that your skin starts to clear up in no time.
2 Eat More Whole Grains
Much like sugar, refined grains can cause a spike in insulin levels, leading to breakouts. Not to mention that they aren’t all that healthy either. A much better bet is to fill your plate with whole grains instead. Sub out white bread and pasta for their whole wheat counterparts and have the brown rice instead of the white. These easy changes allow you to enjoy foods you love without the acne consequences down the road.
3 Start Eating Beans Today
Beans are loaded with fiber, which fill your belly and help you resist eating junk food that is full of sugar and refined carbs. Plus, beans are a prime source of protein, which your skin needs to stay healthy and gorgeous. Beans are a great addition to vegetable soup, salads, tacos and burritos so enjoy them today.
4 Fill Your Water Bottle More Often
Your skin needs water to stay hydrated. I know that’s a no-brainer, but the truth is that many ladies aren’t getting as much fluid as they need on a daily basis. The easiest way to make sure you’re sipping enough is to get a super cute water bottle and carry it around with you all day. That way you have an easy reminder to drink more every single day.
5 Go Easy at Happy Hour Tonight
According to experts, many alcoholic drinks are loaded with sugar, making them as bad for you as soda. In addition, liquor dries out your skin, which is something that can make you more prone to acne. It’s fine to have a drink, but don’t binge and make sure have a glass of water for every cocktail you indulge in. Try to stay away from sugary drinks like daiquiris and pina coladas.
6 Add More Green Leafy Veggies to Your Meal Plan
Leafy green veggies are good for so many aspects of your health, but research shows that they can balance your body’s internal pH, something that many medical experts believe helps control acne. Eating more veggies in general will be great for your skin, but loading up on spinach, kale and romaine is a great choice that you’ll never regret making.
7 Sip Green Tea Throughout the Day
Green tea is great for your skin because it’s packed with polyphenols that boost oxygen flow throughout your skin. This translates to healthier skin and a glowing complexion. Green tea is great hot or cold and tastes really good so you shouldn’t have any problem drinking more of it.
8 Snack on Brazil Nuts
This type of nut is very rich in selenium (a powerful antioxidant that appears to help improve acne), and aims to protect cells from inflammatory damage, all while preserving skin’s elasticity! You should see a vast improvement with your skin. Extra tip: it works even better when accompanied by vitamins E and A, so eat your Brazil nuts with some almonds!
9 Get Your Omega 3
Omega-3 fatty acids will help keep inflammation at bay, meaning it has the ability to reduce signs of acne! Fatty fish like salmon, sardines, and mackerel all boast omega-3 fatty acids, as well as flaxseed and walnuts, so incorporate these into your diet where possible too!
10 Stock up on Vitamin C
While they may not be the absolute cure for acne, foods high in Vitamin C will help to strengthen cell walls as well as protect your skin from scarring that acne can often cause. For more Vitamin C look to include tomatoes, oranges and melons into your diet.
Which of these dietary changes do you plan to make?