Get Gorgeous/ Skin
Kristin Booker • March 5, 2012

Dedicated Post: You Are What You Eat – The Dos and Don’ts of a Sensitive Skin Diet

This dedicated post has been produced as part of my partnership with Simple Skincare. The opinions within, however, are strictly my own.

Ok, people with sensitive skin: let’s talk. They always say that you are what you eat, but when it comes to your skin, is that necessarily so? The answer is a resounding YES.

Let’s talk about what those of us with sensitive skin can eat to be kind to our skin. Here are the dos and don’ts when it comes to a good skin diet:

Do eat: plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables – A more natural, agrarian diet that mimics the one we were intended to have, the easier it is for your body to maintain homeostasis, and that includes the skin’s pH balance. Try to get at least 3-5 servings a day of in-season items WITHOUT drowning it in sauces, butter and oils.

Don’t eat: white sugar and white flour –White flour and sugars are the devil when it comes to sensitive skin. Ever notice that your skin gets aggravated after a sugar binge or that you look dull when you dive into the breadbasket? It gives you the nastiest, dullest complexion and it can aggravate your body’s tissues, which results in breakouts, rashes, sensitivity, redness, etc. Chocolate is not a protective outer coating for something good inside. Ease up on the sweets.

Do drink:  eight glasses of water a day – Human bodies are comprised of a great deal of water. The more you put into your body, the better it operates. Hydrated skin is youthful, plump and healthy. Don’t you want that? I do. Aim to drink at least 8 glasses a day. You can also cheat: water-based veggies help!

Don’t drink:  soda – Every single person I know with a serious soda habit has skin issues. The body can’t really process all the chemicals you’re putting into your body. Look at the ingredients. Save your face and stop. Even sparkling water is a better alternative.

Do: good fats – Omega fatty acids are fantastic for being kind to your skin. Take a note from Mediterranean women (GORGEOUS, healthy skin) and get a diet full of great fish (mercury-free farm-raised salmon is amazing) and healthy fats like those found in almonds as well as olives/olive oil and certain nut (almond, sunflower) oils – genius for keeping the body well-oiled and for keeping skin supple and in balance.

Don’ts: processed foods – This should go without saying, but human beings weren’t meant to eat hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, monosodium glutamate, “fake sugar” (artificial sweeteners) and other things of this nature. If it comes in a bag or a box or it has an expiration date longer than your lifespan, you shouldn’t be eating it. Oh, and fried foods are the devil for your complexion, not just your backside.

Simple Eye Makeup Remover

The other thing you can do to help feed your sensitive skin is use products that nourish it, like my beloved Simple Skincare. Just as the body needs good nutrition and vitamins to stay healthy, your sensitive skin needs a diet of good products to look its best. Simple Skincare products are full of goodness, from  Pro-Vitamin B5 and skin loving ingredients such as Chamomile, Witch Hazel and Allantoin in its Simple Eye Makeup Remover ($11.18)  – all combined to be kind to your skin. Using the Simple Soothing Facial Toner ($13.98) is a gentle, yet effective way to address the needs of your sensitive skin while balancing and toning your skin. No dyes, no perfumes and no harsh irritants – it’s the best skincare diet a face can have.

Simple Soothing Facial Toner

Can changing your diet help you save your skin? It definitely has for me. Try altering what you put into your body and see how much you can get out of it. Nourish your body, your skin and your mind in every way. Be kind to yourself. It’s just that simple.

FTC Full Disclosure: I am a Brand Ambassador for Simple Skincare.

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