If you’re like most Australians, you are going to wake up on January 1, resolved to make the New Year your best one ever. One of the best ways to do that is with a diet. We’re not talking about a weight-loss diet. We’re talking about a healthy skin diet. “What you eat and even when, can help you achieve and maintain a luminous complexion far beyond 2022,” says Dr Austin.
Here are some ideas to chew on and suggestions to follow…
Beta-carotene and Lutein to Fight Wrinkles
Colourful food doesn’t simply look good on the plate. Orange veggies like carrots and sweet potatoes, and green veggies like kale and spinach are rich in beta carotene and lutein, respectively. “These powerful antioxidants protect skin from free radical damage including wrinkling and age spots,” reports Dr Austin.
The “C” in Pineapple
You can’t spell healthy skin without a daily dose of Vitamin C. Pineapples provide that key vitamin and so much more. “Pineapples are nutrient-dense,” explains Dr Austin. “In addition to Vitamin C, they also contain essential nutrients including Vitamin B, magnesium, and phosphorus.” Those prone to breakouts may want to avoid pineapple despite these health benefits because it also contains high levels of fructose. These are natural sugars found in fruits but can still trigger breakouts in some people.
Flax Seeds for Soothing
The oils found in flaxseeds are one of the world’s best sources of Omega-3 fatty acids, specifically ALA (alpha-linolenic acid). The natural anti-inflammatory properties of ALA make it a valuable way to soothe skin and treat symptoms of conditions including atopic dermatitis, rashes, and hives. “Flaxseeds are sensitive to heat and light,” notes Dr Austin. “Seeds and oil should be stored in the refrigerator.”
Reduce Refined Sugars for Elasticity
The refined sugary lollies you enjoyed over the holidays may have done more than just pack on a few extra kilos. Empty of fibre, protein, and healthy fats, these sweeties can affect the production of glucose and levels of advanced glycation end products(AGE). Over time, AGEs can reduce elasticity in skin cells says Scientific Reports. You can still indulge your sweet tooth occasionally, especially if you follow the tip below.
When You Eat, Matters
A study conducted by the journal Diabetes Care uncovered an interesting fact about what you eat before you have a treat. The study found you can reduce blood glucose levelsby 17% to 37% simply by eating protein-rich foods and veggies 30, 60 or 120 minutes prior to indulging. Sixty minutes is the sweet spot, reducing levels by as much as 37%.
Yo-Yo is a No-No
Every time you gain or lose a few kilos, your skin has to adapt. Gaining and losing weight impairs collagen production and elastin fibres. This repeatedly stresses the skin causing it to wrinkle, sag, and develop permanent stretch marks.
Healthy Skin the Right Way
A beautiful complexion and soft, radiant skin are wonderful goals for 2022 and beyond. Diet is just one of the tools at your disposal to achieve your goal. At Austin Clinic, our medical skin experts and clinicians can guide you to information about treatments and products to help you get there. Don’t know where to start? We suggest you call or email us for answers to any questions you may have about beautiful skin.