There are a lot of things that make us believe that healthier skin might be quite tasking to attain and maintain. From the differences in skin types and hormone fluctuations, to the prices of skincare products, (which may or may not be right for your skin) to work and life schedules that could pile on high levels. Sometimes, it just seems like a tiresome battle when your skin chooses to give the exact opposite of the results you desire.
However, knowledge insists that the journey to healthy, glowing skin, starts from the inside. While it is important to care for your skin properly by indulging in skincare routines and the occasional spa treatment, achieving healthy skin is dependent on much more.
What you eat can have a positive or negative impact on the state of your skin. A general reduction in the consumption of fatty and oily foods is always a great place to start. Instead of consuming fried foods, try baking, boiled or grilling. Frying foods significantly increases their fat content which can wreak havoc on one’s skin. When it comes down to eating healthier to improve the condition of one’s skin, the goal should always be to choose a healthier option or cooking method.
Eating whole foods plant based is one great move to make. Adding more fruits and vegetables into your daily meals as much as possible will benefit your skin and wellness overall. Here are some fruit and vegetable options you should be making a part of your diet for healthier skin.
- Tomatoes -These are great for easing irritated skin and shrinking pores. Tomatoes also have anti-inflammatory properties, which help to reduce and curb breakouts.
- Paw Paw aka Papaya - Pawpaw is a natural home remedy for acne control. Pawpaws are rich in vitamins A, B and C. They also have antibacterial and antifungal properties.
- Pumpkin Leaves aka Ugwu - Pumpkin Leaves, which we refer to as ‘Ugwu’ are rich in vitamins A and C. Vitamin A is known to promote healthy skin and hair.
- Mangos - In addition to their great taste, mangos are also known to prevent breakouts and acne.
- Water - It is always important to drink sufficient amounts of water daily. This helps flush out toxins out of the body and keep the skin hydrated.
Making changes to one’s lifestyle does take time. Making one small significant change every week is a great way to start and stay on track. This way, you can keep track of the habits you’re trying to imbibe and how best they work for you. Remember, just take it one step at a time and soon your skin will be all glowed up