As much as we love our makeup and skincare, we know that beauty truly starts from within. Sure, you can cover up your blemishes or enhance your feature with products that prove to work miracles, but you shouldn’t take your diet for granted.
A healthy and wholesome diet can affect the appearance and condition of your skin. We spoke to Dr. R. Muthulaksmi, consultant dermatologist of Columbia Asia Hospital to outline what kind of foods you should be eating based on your skin type.
As a general rule of thumb, you should always keep a balanced diet to keep your skin in a healthy status. Additionally, you should drink adequate amount of water, exercise regularly and have enough sleep to keep your complexion bright and nourish.
If you have: DRY SKIN
People who suffer from dry skin should really consume more foods that contain healthy fats and oil to give their skin more moisture and suppleness.
Foods like avocados, nuts and olive oil and strongly recommended by Dr Muthu to add into your cooking. One of the major problems for dry skin is the lack of water, so you should always have a bottle of water with you to hydrate the skin.
You can also load up on foods that are rich in vitamin A – tomatoes, passion fruits, carrots, spinach – to help your skin to retain moisture.
If you have: OILY SKIN
First of all, avoid fatty meat such as beef, lamb, sausages and anything that contain rich amount of saturated fat.
To combat your shiny feature, Dr Muthu advises to take more food that contain low-glycemic Index items like whole grains, pastas, oat meals, sweet potatoes, beans and fruits.
Low-glycemic foods are those that don’t spike up your blood sugar level and it’s said to improve your complexion and reduce inflammation. While we’re on the topic of this, Dr Muthu also advises to reduce sugary items for it will increase in oil production.
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If you have: DULL SKIN
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If you want a brighter and lighter complexion, Dr Muthu recommends you to eat more foods with vitamin A like sweet potatoes, green vegetables, carrots, red beans and peppers.
However, you should be extra careful with your diet, for foods that contain high sodium will damage your skin. Salty snack foods such as potato chips, French fries and crackers often contain an inflammatory fat called trans-fat that will worsen the effects of your skin.
If you have: ACNE-PRONE SKIN
Like oily skin, it’s best for you to avoid foods that contain high saturated fats and eat more greens to combat those irritating breakouts.
High fibre fruits and vegetables are highly recommended for your diet as they help to cleanse the toxins in the body. Cucumbers, carrots, berries and green teas are also great because they contain antioxidant and are anti-inflammatory.
But what’s the best food to combat acne? Dr Muthu shares that yogurt is one of the best as it contains skin repairing protein with probiotic action to decrease the acidity of the stomach.
This article was originally published in April 2016 issue of Her World Malaysia.