The Detox Effect
Every January we all go crazy for detoxes – raw foods, liquid only diets, no alcohol, no dairy the list goes on and on.
But most people do not consider how a dietary detox will affect your skin and complexion and, more often than not, do not alter their skin care routines accordingly.
The best elements in foods for healthy skin are foods high in:
- vitamin C (found in oranges, spinach, and blueberries)
- vitamin E (found in walnuts)
- selenium (found in tuna, eggs, and brazil nuts)
- beta carotene (found in carrots, butternut squash, and kale)
- zinc (found in pumpkin seeds, crab, and lima beans)
- fatty acids (found in wild salmon, flax seeds, and seaweed)
and of course, drink lots of water.
But what happens when we radically alter our diets to exchange our guilt food (red meat, dairy, alcohol, high carb diet) to focus purely on these body-boosting ingredients?
The problem with short term diets/cleanses
One of the biggest problems with short term diets or cleanses is that after you have completed your 2 week (or 4 week) cleanse that many of us then binge on all the things we have been denied – sugars, fats etc which can then lead to breakouts.
To help keep your skin clear when moving from a cleanse back to a more balanced diet use a good face mask twice a week to keep your skin clear and balanced.
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Removing carbohydrates completely
If you have a gluten intolerance or indeed are a coeliac then removing or reducing gluten from your diet is advisable for a healthy body and digestive system. However, some carbs are good, and indeed we actually need them for a healthy body, hair and skin. Radically removing carbohydrates from your diet can even lead to hair loss.
Make sure that if you remove carbohydrates from your diet that you use a nutritious shampoo and conditioner and increase your vitamin C intake to keep hair follicles healthy.
- See our moisture infusing Shampoo & Conditioner here
Raw food diets
Raw food is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, however, due to its restrictive nature eating raw food alone can lead to dehydrated skin. The average person consumes up to 1/3 of their daily water intake through the foods that we eat. The Raw Food diet often means that the person eats many dried fruits, nuts and and vegetables – restricting the amount of water they are absorbing through their daily diet.
This can lead to skin becoming dehydrated which can lead to circles under the eyes and premature wrinkles.
So, very importantly, those following the Raw Diet should ensure that both their bodies and skin remain hydrated at all times. Drink plenty of water and use an ultra hydrating cream or oil for your skin.
- View our Hydrating Moisturisers & Face Oils here
Remember, changing your diet may affect your energy levels, hydration, and complexion. Make sure that you account for all of these changes to ensure that you have a healthy and beneficial detox.