Girly Things Thursday: Food for Your Skin

October 13, 2011

Last weeks Girly Things Thursday was so great and I was e-mailed tons of questions and comments about skin. I am so glad everyone enjoyed it and hope you enjoy this weeks tips for skin just as much!

Last week I gave you some pointers in how to figure out what part of your body can be causing breakouts depending on where they occur. Right after I got an e-mail from GOOP. If you don’t know what that is, it’s Gwyneth Paltrow’s blog that I LOVE!!! The topic was beauty from the inside out and I had thought about this as my topic for this weeke anyway so the timing was perfect!

In keeping with the “blemish fighting” theme I thought I would go one step further and share some tips, from her article, in what your diet should consist of depending on your skin type. When you follow a certain plan you can be proactive in fighting blemishes that can ruin your day.

Our skin reflects our diet almost immediately. If we consume fatty, sugary and processed foods, our skin is likely to react by becoming inflamed, puffy and rough in texture. To maintain youthful, glowing skin, it’s important to take these necessary steps:

  1. Consume enough water. Water is vital to help flush out toxins and keep skin clear and hydrated.


  2. For dry skin, load up on Omega-3’s. These essential fatty acids are necessary for healthy, supple skin and help to repair the protective barrier that keeps moisture locked in. The most potent plant-based source of Omega-3 is chia seeds, with more Omega-3 than flax seed or wild Alaskan salmon.


  3. For blemish-prone skin, I recommend a diet rich in greens, including watercress, spinach, collard greens and apples. The Vitamin A in these leafy greens helps normalize the production of oil, while the quercetin in green apples helps reduce mast cell activity, which leads to inflammation and breakouts.

    Leafy Greens

  4. These foods are also good for sensitive skin, as is yogurt, a superfood loaded with probiotics and lactic acid to help soothe and calm redness and inflammation.


  5. It’s imperative to load up on antioxidants to maintain youthful, supple and radiant skin. Acai, blueberries and spices such as turmeric, cinnamon and ginger are all wonderful sources of antioxidants that help maintain healthy skin. These foods fight free-radical damage that leads to fine lines, wrinkles, dullness, sagging and lackluster skin.”


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1 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table October 13, 2011 at 11:55 am

Thanks for the great tips! I notice a HUGE difference in my skin when I am well-hydrated. I didn’t know about the omegas. This winter I need to be sure to get enough of those as well as the greens – I have crazy oily-dry skin that will break out easily.


2 Parita @ myinnershakti October 13, 2011 at 6:34 pm

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this. Honestly, up until now, I haven’t really put much thought into how what I ate affected my acne. My doctor always tells me my acne is hormonal. But I think I’m going to do an experiment and put her word to the test! More spinach in my smoothies it is!!!


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