Diet & Beauty

March 21, 2014

My number one principle is “what goes in your body is more important that what goes on it.” I've never understood why some people worry so much about what they put on their skin, when very little concern is given to what goes into their bodies. I am under no illusion that this isn't a rather privileged point of view to hold; my skin is 'normal', I barely suffer blemishes, my skin isn't oily and doesn't have dry patches, there is no threat of acne and generally speaking, I've got it good. So while I can centre all my attention on diet, I understand why it’s not quite that simple for others.

What goes onto my skin is important too but anything that can be wiped off does not have the same effect as something that is consumed. My skin care is carefully selected, minimal yet adequate, I rarely wear heavy make-up, and I often go without, remembering to remove it as soon as I am done with the day. So in regards to taking care of what gets put onto my skin, I think I have that covered.

While nutrition is one of many factors in keeping your skin healthy, I personally notice a major difference when I have made bad food choices. My plant-based diet is naturally wholesome because of the conscious choice to omit certain ingredients. Although there is enough scope in a plant-based diet to allow for heavy consumption of sugar, preservatives, dyes, and saturated fats, if you're not careful. Bad choices are always there to be taken.

Generally speaking I eat well; my diet is full of leafy greens, vegetables, whole grains, seeds, nuts, beans, and pulses. Although the reliance on more processed foods is easily done and lately, I've made some extra little tweaks to my diet to improve it. I've mostly been playing around with portion sizes from each of the main groups, bulking some up and minimising others for a healthier balance. I've been omitting any processed foods such as tofu as often as possible, switching from soya to almond milk, pushing as many leafy greens and vegetables onto my plate to bulk up meals, incorporating more nuts and seeds for protein; I've been avoiding bread unless it's homemade (Jack's sourdough is just irresistible) and trying to ignore the lure of heavy carbohydrates such as pasta. Sugar has been my main target though, it's hidden everywhere and if you're not careful it's easily consumed without realising. I've completely removed fruit juice from my diet, instead relying on eating the entire fruit, and have increased my consumption of green or herbal teas and water.

I would say I've noticed a drastic difference within an incredibly short time and that's despite already having a healthy diet to begin with. A few simple changes and my skin is naturally more radiant; nobody can tell me diet doesn't play a huge role in the condition of our skin.

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  1. I made a huge effort to improve my diet at the beginning of the year and definitely felt the difference, I notice it even more so now that I'm letting it slip slightly with all my university deadlines looming. I think you're spot on though, there's no point splashing out on wonder skincare products if you are going to eat crap all the time. Really interesting post :)

    Tiny Alis

  2. Mademoiselle nature3/21/2014

    Really nice post! I really so agree with you! x

  3. I started switching to healthier foods a couple years ago and boy I have never loved snap peas so much ah! xx

    BerrieBlogs| {beauty blog}

  4. I think some people like to convince themselves of that because slapping on an expensive moisturizer at night is so much easier! I eat fairly healthily myself (none of that processed junk!) and have been losing weight, but my skin still gets patches of pimples on my nose, chin, and sometimes my forehead. Skincare is really the only thing that helps to clear it up for me, although I have noticed the power of a healthy diet for increasing overall radiance.

  5. You are absolutely right! Paying a little more attention to the things we consume can imporve both our health and our appearance as well. Thanks for sharing!

    Krystal |

  6. Celina3/22/2014

    This is a great post! I've definitely been trying to focus more on what goes into my body but sometimes with a busy life, it's hard to always cook healthy meals when I can stop by somewhere for takeout.

  7. i agre with you totally! i'm a big supporter of 'real food' and eat loads of leafy greens and avoid as much processed foods as i can. i do still like my tofu though. but i dont eat the western kinds since i think they dont...really konw how to do tofu lol. asia ppl have been making tofu for centuries so i rely on those brands more.

    A Beautiful Zen

  8. I totally agree! I've been transitioning into a much healthier diet over the past two years, and my skin (and nails, and hair!) has definitely improved! Unfortunately, I do still get breakouts from time to time (apparently even a good diet can't overcome crazy hormones), so I do still have to put some effort into my skincare too. Though I am trying to simplify my skincare down to a few effective products! :)

  9. I agree with you 100%. Our diets make the best products work better. Internal health is the ultimate foundation. I feel and look much better when I ensure my diet is nutrient rich and am mindful of avoiding too much starch, sugar and saturated fat. I also know hormones play a huge roll in it too, but consuming better food and stress management makes it all work out. It DOES take work though. That is for sure!


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