Your skin and health are intertwined. The better you eat, the healthier your skin. Your skin really is a reflection of your health because whatever you eat will be reflected in the nature of your skin.
If you find that no matter the amount of moisturizer, your skin is still flaky and dry, then, it’s time to change your diet. Just as some foods may cause you to break out, others can suck the moisture out of your skin and increase fine lines and wrinkles.
Even though there are other causes of dryness of skin, your diet plays an important role as well.
Check out some foods that should totally be avoided if you’re battling with dry skin
1. Refined Carbohydrates
Refine carbs such as sugar-sweetened beverages, fruit juices, pastries, white bread, white pasta and white rice deplete your healthy gut bacteria causing an imbalance of the “wrong” kind of bacteria in your system which reflects on your skin. They also cause overproduction of oils which clogs the skin.
2. Excess intake of dairy products
People have started cultivating greedy techniques like feeding hormones (progesterone) to most of the cows. This will double the milk production. So, when we drink milk we also get those hormones. Those hormones can cause acne, dryness, skin breakouts and ageing.
We know we can’t, stop intake of dairy products because we stop getting calcium. So, probably go for hormone-free dairy products or shop at health food stores or switch to non-dairy products like almond milk, soy milk, goat cheese.
Alcohol acts as a diuretic, meaning, it draws out liquid from the body. Less fluid can lead to dehydration and take away moisture from the skin, contributing to dryness. This can make fine lines and wrinkles appear more pronounced as well.
4. Salty Foods
Excess salt in the body draws more fluid out of the cells to help neutralize the salt and draw it out of the body. As a result, your skin gets drier because of the lack of fluid. If you find that you’ve eaten a lot of salty food (because to abandon fries forever would just be insane) be sure to balance things out by drinking loads of water too.
Coffee, like alcohol, can dehydrate your skin by constricting your blood vessels so less fluid flows through to your skin. The drink can especially have an impact on the area around your eyes, and the effect is worsened when coffee is consumed on an empty stomach.
It might be hard to get rid of all these totally, but remember that balance is key. You can take some of these but balance them out. Changing your diet is a good first step to fixing your skin, so watch out for any culprits that may be drying your skin up or messing with your diet.