As a teen and a young woman in my 20s, I struggled with pervasive acne. Every time I treated one pimple, a new one would pop up. I had also invested in every over-the-counter treatment you could name from Aveeno to Proactiv. Even though I followed the food pyramid and was a relatively healthy eater, it wasn’t until I understood the internal working of my body that my skin transformed.
Now, as a registered holistic nutritionist, I can confirm that it’s not only what you put on outside that counts, it’s also what you put inside.
With the skin being the body’s largest organ, it can be a true canvas for health and beauty. Any makeup artist will tell you that you’re the greatest asset next to your set of brushes is your skin.
If you have great skin, makeup will look great too!
This article will not go into how you should sleep more, drink more water, and avoid alcohol and smoking since these are probably things you know already.
I want to talk about your gut health.
Gut health is extremely important, not only for a flat stomach but also for your skin. People with an overgrowth of yeasts and pathogenic gut bacteria are more likely to suffer from acne, eczema, and psoriasis.
I recommend a detox of healthy foods as well as a good quality probiotic to keep the bad bacteria in check. I also recommend avoiding foods that you are not digesting — foods such as soy, dairy, and gluten.
In addition, the condition of your skin may speak volumes about any current imbalances.
- Dry skin may indicate a lack of water and too much animal protein, whereas oily skin may denote too much fruit, sugar, juices, and refined foods in your diet.
- Bags under eyes are a sign of lack of sleep, iron deficiency, and possible food allergies.
- Wrinkles are not only an indication of age and sun exposure but also of inflammation.
If you want great skin, I suggest eating your ABC’s on a daily basis.
Your ABC’s are the following:
A – vitamin A foods such as carrots, cantaloupe, and sweet potatoes. These Vitamin A foods give your skin a glow and are great for your liver and eyesight.
B – whole grains are a fantastic source of B vitamins. ‘B’ is for beauty, and that’s what B vitamins will do for you. They will give your skin luminescence and help you with preventing age spots and pigmentation.
Vitamin B foods are also excellent for a happy mood.
C – great for collagen formation and prevention of wrinkles, vitamin C foods can be found in kiwi, lemons, papayas, and broccoli.
If you want to age gracefully along with your skin, have plenty of vitamin C.
So, in summary, realize that your skin is telling a story regarding your body’s inner landscape.
Manage stress, take care of your physical health (particularly your gut health) and practice quality nutrition.
And your skin will love you for it!
Hanifa Yip is a women’s health mentor, certified fitness professional, and registered nutritionist with over 20 years of certified teaching experience in fitness. She has recently authored a book for women entitled Healthy with Hanifa: A Woman’s Guide to Holistic Health & Fitness, which is available for purchase on Amazon US, UK, Canada, and Australia.
Hanifa is also a moderator for the “How to be a Lady” Facebook group and posts daily on topics such as class, style, etiquette, and all other issues related to being a lady. She is excited and honoured to be a regular contributor on Jetset Babe, and looking forward to writing articles on fitness, nutrition, and a lady’s lifestyle.