5 Reasons your diet can be better than injectables
-Dec 10, Jenny Paul , Health -
Injectables in the form of facial fillers and wrinkle smoothing injections have become mainstream with a lot of women (and men!) turning to them for a quick fix when fine lines appear. Whilst we’re all for people doing whatever makes them feel happy, we decided to take a look at how your diet and other lifestyle changes can make you fresh-faced.
Vitamin C is a powerhouse for smooth skin
Adding more vitamin C to your diet in the shape of broccoli, red berries, oranges, lemons and smoothies will do wonders for your skin’s health. Vitamin C is an antioxidant and fights free radicals and studies show that it helps enzymes make collagen. It is also thought to be helpful for regenerating skin cells as well as reducing fine lines and wrinkles. All the more reason to have a green smoothie for breakfast each day!
Sugar causes wrinkles
This is devastating news for those of us who love a sweet treat in the afternoon, but refined sugar causes wrinkles in the shape of a sneaky process under the skin called glycation. It’s not all bad news though, because there’s so many delicious healthy swaps. We like cacao avocado mousse whizzed up with a drizzle of honey from the local beekeeper. A might swap because it has all the taste of the sugar heavy version, but with the nutritional value of avocado which is high in potassium and good fats – meaning you’ll stay fuller for longer, instead of spiking your insulin levels and you won’t get the hunger pangs that come after eating refined sugar.
Switch out refined carbs
Once you’ve eaten them, the body changes carbs into pure sugar which causes glycation. Worse, some processed carbs come with added refined sugar (we’re thinking, cookies and cake). But fruit and vegetables are good carbs that are packed with nutrients that help prevent wrinkles. If you want to keep your skin healthy, avoid white carbs with little nutritional value such as bread, muffins, bagels, pasta, cakes and cookies. Instead, fill your plate with slow burning carbs that will keep you satiated and provide a source of antioxidant packed vitamins and minerals. A good start to the day is oatmeal sprinkled with red berries. It will help you full all morning while giving you a gentle source of energy and providing skin-smoothing nutrients.
Cut back on alcohol
Hands up if you look your best when you’re hungover? We thought not… alcohol causes dehydration which shows in your face almost immediately in the form of puffy red eyes, sallow skin and breakouts. Alcohol also causes inflammation and unwanted premature ageing. As well as burning up nutrients that help the body fight stress, like magnesium, it also depletes the body of vitamins and minerals that we need for healthy skin, hair and nails. Next time you fancy a glass of fizz, why not try a glass of home-made kombucha?
Take a look at your dairy consumption
Yes, dairy is a good source of calcium which is one of the nutrients that we need for strong bones, muscles and teeth. But calcium is also readily available from other dietary sources, including leafy greens such as kale and spinach.
Dairy also causes inflammation, which leads to a rise in oxidative stress, which is one of the causes of premature ageing. Dairy also has high levels of the milk sugar lactose, which can increase the formation of AGEs which cause collagen damage.
If not liking almond milk has been holding you back from ditching large cow milk filled lattes, we’re huge fans of oat milk – which is an ideal swap for teas and coffees and perfect for splashing on your morning oatmeal. Kids love it too. It’s also a great source of B vitamins and calcium.
Hydrate your skin for fewer lines and wrinkles
At this time of year skin leans towards dehydration because of central heating and cold winter weather. Try to remember to sip water all day. Keep a bottle beside you as a reminder and consider starting the day with a hot water and lemon. Hydrated skin means that you’ll see fewer fine lines and wrinkles. It will also mean your body won’t retain water weight which means your skin and eyes will be less puffy.
Lifestyle changes to make to improve your skin health
As well as looking at your diet, two of the best things you can do for skin health is aim for eight hours of quality sleep a night and combat stress. Don’t forget to take your Lumity supplements every morning and every night before bed. In a 12-week, independent study, 92% of participants noticed a significant shift in the condition of skin, hair and nails. 84% reported that they had more energy, with increased immunity and improved emotional balance also scoring highly amongst the findings.