Eat Your Way to Glowing Wedding Day Skin
Makeup Artist and Beauty Expert Preeti Chotai shares what you should (and shouldn’t) be eating and drinking to get a luminous glow just in time for your wedding.
Your skin, like every other part of your body needs nutrients to survive and to be at its best. The right foods are broken down into essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids that your body uses to build healthy skin and keep it that way. Below are a few changes you can make to your diet which will help you to eat your way to flawless skin:
Aim to drink 6-8 glasses of water a day- this will not only help your body to flush out toxins and keep your skin clearer but will also help to keep your skin hydrated. Dehydrated skin can look dry, tired and dull. Caffeine free and herbal teas are a good alternative as is fruit infused water (only if made at home and therefore sugar free). Coconut water also does an amazing job at keeping the skin hydrated and is a tasty alternative (100% natural with no added sugars).
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By increasing your fruit and vegetable intake, you are also increasing your intake of water and fibre; this helps to detoxify your entire system which will leave you with clearer and more radiant skin. Incorporating fruits and veggies in every color of the rainbow into your diet will provide your body with every nutrient it needs to keep your skin looking beautiful. Avocado, tomatoes, blueberries, kale, strawberries, broccoli, yellow/red peppers, kiwi, sweet potato and spinach are all skin super foods- try a beauty smoothie with strawberries, blueberries, kale, chia seeds and a splash of almond/coconut milk for glowing skin!
Satisfy your chocolate cravings with dark chocolate, 70% cacao and above is a skin superfood. It contains high levels of flavonols; a potent antioxidant which gives you more hydrated and softer skin. Just a couple of squares a day will help improve circulation and result in more luminous skin without any weight gain.
Use oils such as extra virgin olive oil and moderate amounts of coconut oil to cook your food with in place of vegetable oils etc. Extra virgin olive oil delivers a healthy dose of good fats as well as antioxidants helping your skin stay hydrated, young and soft.
Snack on Nuts and Seeds
Feeling peckish? Reach for some skin super foods over those candy bars or packets of crisps. Nuts and seeds have buckets full of anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce redness and acne, nuts also provide your skin with a range of good fats which help to keep your skin hydrated.
Selenium in brazil nuts and pumpkin seeds increases the number of infection-fighting white blood cells in the body and helps your skin fight acne. Magnesium, omega 3 fatty-acids and Vitamin E all found in almonds help reduce stress hormones that are often the cause for breakouts. The omega 3 fatty-acids in almonds as well as the significant amount found in walnuts, chia seeds and sunflower seeds, is a good fat for keeping your skin hydrated, supple and young and fights dry skin and eczema.
Cut out Sugar
Although I wouldn’t recommend cutting it out entirely and I would recommend weaning yourself off gradually, I would recommend avoiding sugar as much as possible. Sugar enters your blood stream rapidly when eaten and can cause spikes of insulin which can aggravate acne, wrinkles and rashes. Sugar also makes collagen and elastin less supple, radiant, elastic and resilient- all terrible for the health and look of your skin.
Try to follow this routine as much as you can and you will notice the change in two to four weeks. Happy Glowing!
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*Always check with your doctor before making any big diet changes and/or cutting out any food groups. All this advice should be taken as part of a balanced health diet and any medical conditions should be considered. Although the above will also aid in weight loss, it is by no means a diet plan and crash diets are not recommended, always consult a nutritionist if you want to shed kilos.