So sometime last year I read a book by Dr Perricone that talks all about the influence of diet on your skin. I don't follow all the guidelines in this book. Let's be honest I can't eat that much salmon! The book did however make me think a lot about how my diet might be affecting my skin. Well not only my skin, but my entire body. I've been blessed with some lovely hormonal issues that affect lots of things, but the easiest one to see when I look in the mirror every morning is my skin. I had some awful cystic acne crop up around 18 months ago, which along with other things in my life that were going on, really shocked my confidence. Moving on, because this isn't a big sop story. The point is that I looked at my diet and made the following changes because they might help with the hormonal and skin issues:
- No coffee - switched it out for green tea
- Avoid dairy
- Avoid wheat
- Eat for nutritional value
- Increase intake of coconut oil, seeds, nuts and fish
- Avoid sugar
I made these changes from doing lots of research into foods that cause acne and how to lower inflammation in the body. It was also important to focus on stabilising blood sugar levels which are tightly interwoven with hormone imbalances. All these changes have really cleaned up my diet and I'm really conscious of what I put in my body now and have started moving toward eating a lot of organic foods and shopping at farmer's markets. My skin has made a massive turn around and is much clearer with less redness.
A natural progression from this is the question about whether I should be cleaning up my skincare too? I've already swapped out all products containing sulphates because I've found they were the key to my flaky irritated skin on both my face and body. For my face I don't use anything that foams, even natural based cleansers and I haven't had any issues with sensitivity since. I have a couple of apprehensions with natural skincare. Firstly, I haven't found any natural moisturisers that are as cosmetically elegant as the ones I currently use. Secondly, I wonder that us humans didn't go through our evolutionary process rubbing all this junk on our skin, natural or not natural, so does it really make a difference? And lastly, just how effective will they be at keeping my skin clear?
Just some Sunday afternoon musings... I'd be really interested to hear your thoughts. Please share!
What do you think of natural skincare? Have you found any amazing products (particularly for combination, acne-prone skin like mine)?