Skin On A Diet

It probably doesn’t come as a surprise that the #1 New Year’s resolution year after year is “Lose weight and eat Healthy”.  Most dieters are focused on those problem areas below the neck, but they need to be reminded that what they choose to eat, or not to eat, has an effect on the skin, too. 

To diet or not to diet?  That is the question.  Eating sensible, well-balanced meals are being mindful of portion control is the key, but sometimes a specific diet plan is a good way to break bad habits or kick-start the metabolism.  Restrictive diets can often be detrimental to the skin, but can be remedied with a few good food choices.

The problem with low-fat diets.  Skin needs at least 20 grams of healthy fat a day (about 1Tlbs of olive oil) in order to maintain moisture levels and absorb vitamins A, E and other nutrients from food.  That’s why oil is essential to a salad.  The oil helps oil-soluble nutrients from vegetables to be absorbed by the intestines.  A low-to-no fat diet can cause dry skin, hair loss and brittle nails.  Add healthy fats with avocado, nuts, olive oil and fatty fish.  Nutriment Blue Oil is also a soothing lipid replacement for dry skin.

To carb or not to carb.  Low carb/no carb diets are highly popular for quick weight loss, but excessive protein can cause a drop in calcium levels.  Loss of bone density in the face can be extremely aging. Take calcium supplements and add calcium rich fruits and vegetables like dried fruits, oranges, boiled greens and soybeans.  These will also add antioxidants to the diet.  On the other hand, the benefits of cutting back on white bread, pasta and refined sugar in order to fight flab can also lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol, minimizing breakouts and relaxing facial features so the skin looks more rested.

Going meatless.  Vegan diets are prevalent than ever before.  All the fruits, vegetables, whole grains, oils and legumes in a healthy, balanced vegan diet provide age-fighting antioxidants, but the lack of protein from meat and dairy products can cause the skin to feel dry and look dull.  Vegans need to make it a point to include protein rich foods like tofu, peanut butter, almonds and to be sure to select their food to attain a balance of protein building amino acids in a 24 hour period.

The case for comfort  food.  Comfort foods tend to be fried, high carb, or sugary and not exactly healthy.  But, indulging every once in a while may not be a bad thing.  We tend to turn to comfort food when we are stressed.  Stress produces cortisol and cortisol ages the skin.  Comfort food can do exactly what it’s supposed to do:  comfort.  And perhaps that could be considered a form of stress relief.  If done in moderation the trick is to eat sugary food in combination with or after a meal rich in lean protein, complex carbs and healthy fats.  However, if stress is chronic and is an issue this too will take a toll on your skin.

SKIN SUGGESTIONS

  • Dieting Skin Treatments:  NanoTech Facial Toning, Electroporation, LumiStim and MicroPhotoTherapy
  • Dieting SkinCare  Moisturizers:  StemCell Recovery, Nutrience, Hydration, and DNA Recovery
  • Dieting SkinCare Serums:  Peptide Lotion, Co-Q10, Nutriment Blue Oil, Cell Recovery and Optimum Antioxidant