The Clear Skin Diet Tips

Moisturiser is great, but it takes more than just skincare products to achieve glowing skin.

As you know, here at Harley Street we are keen advocates of topically applied skincare. And by this, we are talking products: serums, creams, gels, cleansers you name it. Your skin need them to flourish and look great, glowy and gorgeous.

But we are also firm believers that the key to the ultimate skin goals is watching what you put in to your body. Now by no means, do we want you to cut out all the good stuff, life’s to short to wave goodbye to the good stuff full time. But perhaps monitor your lacto intake. Dairy does cause spots, i’m sorry to tell you this, but it does. If you suffer from acne, milk will not be doing your skin any favours.

Experts suggest two possible explanations for the dairy-acne connection: insulins and hormones. The Androgens which are found in milk can add to your own level of androgens which are associated with acne and oily skin. What milk also does is raise your insulin levels, this can lower your production of molecules that join to deactivate hormones, this means there may be more free roaming androgens which cause spots. Maybe try a milk free diet and see if your skin improves.

What you should be eating:

Skin perfectors

Citrus fruits, peppers, Broccoli and strawberries

Vitamin C is not only necessary for collagen production and maintenance, but it is also a potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals in the skin.

Sun protection

Try eating sunflower seeds and almonds. These nuts are jam packed with Vitamin E. Antioxidants are amazing because they work together like an arm, protecting your skin from free radicals. Free radicals are introduced to your skin through things like pollution and UV rays.

Vitamin E is on the front line protecting you, guarding cell’ outer membrane so cells stay protected and health. These strong membranes help to lock in moisture keeping your skin hydrated.

Fresh complexion

Greens and Dark veggies

Beta- carotene is a type of carotenoid which gives us those lovely orange and red veggies like squash and sweet potato there colour. Carotenoid is also a powerful antioxidant. Our body converts beta-carotene into Vitamin A. Vitamin A, gives you glowing fresh skin because it regulates cell turnover and production, leaving your skin super smooth.

Foods such as lean meat, pork and poultry are beneficial for a youthful glow. What you get from these is, iron and zinc. The key minerals for healthy skin function. Zinc is also fab for cell productions which prevents a dull and lifeless complexion. Red blood cells need iron to carry oxygen to skin  which aid in giving your skin that natural glow.

Hydrate

This is obvious. Everyone knows this, but you’d be surprised how long people go without drinking H20. Our skin cells contain mostly water, and if you’re dehydrated it’s no surprise your skin will look dull, exhausted and if anything, dry. Parched skin, is not a good look. Put a water bottle on your desk at work, or carry one with you on the go. Do remember that any source of h20 (including fruits, veggies and even coffee) count towards your daily intake of water.

Aim for about 6 glasses of water a day.

Science and Skin saboteurs

If you reduce your intake of these foods you could seen an improvement in your skin

If you suffer from rosacea, spicy foods are known to cause flare ups of redness and blotchiness. If you have fair skin you might find that food on the spicier side leads to quite noticeable reddening and flushing, even if you do not have rosacea. But, if Tobasco or hot sauce makes no difference in your complexion, by no means stop. Slather that Siracha.

If you’re a sweet tooth like me, and love to chomp down on sweets and sugary snacks you should be aware that is potentially ageing us. The rush of glucose into your bloodstream sets off a process known as glycation in which sugars attach to proteins and form advanced glycation end products otherwise known as AGE’S. As we age, these molecules naturally build up in our skin, but the more sugar you eat means the more AGE’s we have.  AGE’s are bad because they cross link with elastin and collagen fibres which make the resilient tissues weak or inflexible, this leads to wrinkles, fine lines and sagging skin.

Highly processed junk food made with additives and preservatives—such as white bread, chips, French fries, fizzy drinks, and sweets—makes your blood-sugar levels spike. This was cause your hormones to produce excess oil, which leads to clogged pores and sagging skin.

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