Clean Eating + Your Skin
Posted on Sep 05, 2019 by Alayne White
There’s been huge movements lately to embrace a “clean” style of living. Many people are doing their best to purchase sustainable, organic, cruelty-free products and we are totally on board. Last week we discussed how clean beauty products can affect your skin - but how does clean eating affect it? Well, if we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a thousand times - what goes into your body comes out on your skin. As Alayne likes to say “if you eat like crap it’s going to show.” And it’s true! When you make the decision to eat clean lots of your body’s systems will appreciate it but your skin will truly let it show.
What does it mean to “eat clean?” Essentially, it means eating lots of whole - preferably organic, nnn-GMO - foods. The less processed, the better. That doesn’t mean you’ve got to do away with delicious treats, but when you’re eating clean they should be just that - treats, not the main course. Clean eating means fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains, and sustainably raised, cruelty-free meats.
Consider the human body, the purpose of each of our organs, and - if you will - a bit of evolutionary biology. Humans have been eating the same general types of foods (clean, whole foods) for hundreds of thousands of years. We’ve all heard about our “hunter-gatherer” origins. It’s only in the last hundred years or so (a blip on the evolutionary scale) that processed foods have come into our diets. And, to be honest, in many cases our bodies simply don’t know what to do with all of that extra sugar, salt, and chemicals. For some people it’s stored as fat. For others it may manifest as digestion issues. And for many it also shows up on their skin.
The skin is, after all, the largest organ of our bodies. You may know that your kidneys and liver flush toxins from your bloodstream - when that happens the toxins are released as waste product. But some toxins can also make their way out via your skin causing breakouts or puffiness. In some cases toxins can also cause flare ups of chronic conditions like eczema or psoriasis (definitely speak with your doctor if you're dealing with these conditions).
When you eat “clean” you can potentially reduce your intake of toxins and hard to digest chemicals and additives that can be found in processed foods. Your skin, as a result, will be able to take a break from constantly flushing out what it feels are invaders and could clear up.
Additionally, whole foods are often chock full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that have skin boosting properties. Antioxidants, for example, neutralize free radicals that contribute to signs of aging such as wrinkles and hyperpigmentation.
We’ll be talking more about clean eating and taking a holistic approach to your skin care and entire wellness regime, so be sure to stay tuned for exciting announcements!