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Is Your Diet Affecting Your Skin Health?

Brian D. Cohen, MD discusses how your diet might be affecting your skin.

Things can get pretty hectic in New York City! In a town that never sleeps, there’s always something to do, see, or try. When life is speeding along, taking a time out to focus on what you are putting into your body can be a challenge. Still, your skin relies on you to make healthy choices when it comes to your diet. Even little things can make a big difference in how your skin looks and feels. If you’re searching for a few ways to give your body TLC, we have some suggestions. Take a look:

Hydrate

Water makes up about 60% of our bodies, and our organs, including our skin, depend on it to be healthy. In addition to keeping our faces looking radiant and eliminating the risk of counteracting spa treatments, drinking water flushes out the bad stuff we get from other food and drinks. This is essential to keeping skin free from breakouts and dullness. If the thought of chugging down H2O bores you, think of ways you can help make it happen. For example, track your consumption on your phone or in a journal. You can also flavor water with fruits and vegetables or drink it warm after steeping green tea in it. Both of these options taste great and have an added bonus of supplying your body with super nutrients. Drink up!

Pass on daily dairy

Love cheese? You are not alone! But did you realize that dairy products can increase the amount of oil in your body, potentially leading to breakouts? Dairy is an important source of calcium, so you shouldn’t cut it out completely. But making some alternative choices can prove helpful in the long run. For example, give almond or coconut milk a try. You can also choose sorbet or Italian ice instead of ice cream when your sweet tooth is begging for something on a hot summer day. 

Think green

Salads can do so much more than give you a slim figure. Consuming a variety of leafy greens, including lettuce and kale, helps your body cleanse out toxins and hormones that are lurking around your system. If these troublemakers remain where they are, they can contribute to skin and scalp concerns. Not a green goddess? Think of alternative ways to consume leafy products, including in your go-to smoothie or through a vitamin or powder supplement.

Cut the sugar

Sweets can be so tasty, but they can wreak havoc on your face when you overeat them. High sugar levels can lead to acne breakouts and have even been linked to premature aging. Yikes! Although reducing the amount of sugar in your diet can be helpful, there’s no need to illuminate it entirely. In fact, studies have shown that small quantities of chocolate can actually work wonders for your skin. As noted by Elite Daily, “the flavonoids (aka antioxidant compounds) in chocolate keep your skin hydrated, and a few squares a day can help smooth and moisturize your complexion.” It’s all about balance!

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