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5 things you should know about diet and the quality of your skin

Learn more about the connection between your eating habits and your skin.

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There is indeed a powerful connection between the quality of your skin and the food you eat. And, while the relationship between the two may seem straightforward, it can also be rather complex.
 
What makes the relationship simple is the fact that your skin, like the rest of your body, needs a variety of nutrients for optimal functioning—and food is primarily how your body gets these nutrients. That’s why a healthy and varied diet helps give you an even complexion, smooth skin, fewer wrinkles and increased firmness.
 
On the flip side, what makes the relationship more complex is the fact that every food contains a multitude of nutrients (rather than just a single type). This means that it’s practically impossible to prove—even through rigorous clinical testing—that there’s a connection between eating spinach and having firmer skin, for example.
 
Measuring how much Vitamin B9 there is in a cup of spinach is easy, of course. However, it’s much more difficult to figure out exactly what proportion of this B9 the body truly assimilates. Let’s take this idea one step further and imagine how virtually impossible it would be to know the precise amount of this B9 that is being used to help ensure your skin’s proper functioning. Since your body naturally dedicates more nutrients to organs like the heart, lungs and brain, how much goes to the rest remain a complete mystery.
 
The one thing we can predict with any certainty is the fact that if your body is lacking certain vitamins and nutrients, your skin will definitely be the last on the list to get any of them! As you can see, the body is indeed one very complex machine.
 
Despite all of this, there are a few scientific certainties we can rely on when it comes to the relationship between diet and the quality of your skin. And, we did promise to reveal 5 of them to you! So, without further ado, here they are:
 

1. Only certain nutrients can be stored by your body

For example, among the numerous vitamins needed for ensuring good skin, some are hydrosoluble while others are liposoluble.
What’s the difference, you ask? Quite simply, what sets these apart is your body’s ability to store them. Vitamins that are liposoluble can dissolve in the body’s fat and therefore be stored in fat tissues.
 
This is the case with vitamins A, D, E and K, for example.
 
Hydrosoluble vitamins such as B vitamins and Vitamin C dissolve in water and are quickly eliminated through urination. As such, it’s difficult for the body to store these vitamins and they need to be replenished on a daily basis.
 
How does this affect the quality of your skin? Because nutrients, especially vitamins, are necessary for a healthy, glowing complexion, it’s important that you provide your skin with the nutrients it needs every single day. Once again, a varied diet is a key to success—however, you can definitely also nourish your skin from the outside thanks to skincare products that contain these same nutrients!
 

2. Not all foods are equal in value

It goes without saying that ultra-processed foods do not have the same nutritional value as unprocessed foods.
Having processed foods once in a while won’t have any repercussions on the quality of your skin. Issues only arise if and when your diet lacks the right amount of nutrients because it’s not varied, healthy and balanced enough!

3. Skincare products are the only option to compensating for nutrient-deficient skin

If you suspect that a lack of Vitamin C might be to blame for your dull complexion, what should you do?
While your first instinct might be to get more Vitamin C through the food you eat, it’s not that easy. As you might recall from what we mentioned earlier, even if you eat foods that are rich in Vitamin C, your skin won’t necessarily be able to access it.
 
Some people might be tempted to try homemade remedies such as applying orange slices to their skin or making a mask from brussels sprouts. Once again, of course, although it might seem easy and fun, there is no guarantee your body will assimilate the vitamin it’s lacking.

That’s where well-formulated skincare products come into play. While it’s impossible to track Vitamin C’s path in your body’s metabolism from foods you eat, when Vitamin C is topically applied, it becomes possible to measure its effectiveness and performance.



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4. Certain foods can make some skin conditions worse

No single food is really bad for your skin. However, clinical research carried out over several decades has demonstrated that, in specific circumstances, there are foods that can make things worse.

Let’s have a look at what we mean by this.
 
There is no evidence to show that dairy products cause acne and other imperfections. At the same time, if you already suffer from oily skin and pimples, several studies have shown that milk and yogurt can indeed make these problems worse.
 
In fact, certain proteins found in dairy products have an impact on the production of hormones involved in the overproduction of sebum.
 
The same applies to redness. No single spice is responsible for causing rosacea. However, if redness is already an issue, there’s a good chance that eating a spicy dish paired with a glass of red wine will make things worse. So, as we said, no single food is actually bad for your skin, but there are some you’ll clearly want to avoid in certain situations!

5. A healthy diet has long-term benefits for your skin
To illustrate this point, we’d like to share the results from a study conducted with regard to menopause:
When compared to women in North America, those in Asian countries experience fewer symptoms of menopause—both psychological and physical (including effects on the skin). For those of you who are not familiar, some of the effects menopause has on the skin include dryness, dark spots, loss of density…
 
It’s a fact that women in Asia have a much higher soy intake than women in North America. We also know that women of Asian origin who have adopted a low-soy diet experience skin symptoms comparable to that of North-American women.

In a nutshell: In the long term, soy consumption slows the appearance of the signs of ageing due to menopause.

Remember this key fact: long-term habits have a beneficial effect on the skin.
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