What you eat affects your skin just as much as what you put on it. Here are a few diet tips to help you achieve that gorgeous glowing skin!
Eat less sweet things
it's always too sweet isn't it? kurang manis is the way to go!
Refined sugars are extracted from their original sources (such as sugar cane) and then put in the various sweets that we enjoy today. Our bodies absorb them into the bloodstream very quickly, way quicker than natural sources of sugar, such as fruits or honey. This creates an inflammatory response within the body that can cause various health issues, including breakouts and acne!
If you have a sweet tooth, try eating more naturally sweet foods like fruits and use natural sweeteners like honey when you need to. Always a good idea to opt for kurang manis when eating out at your favourite mamak, warung, or kopitiam as well.
Eat foods with healthy fats
ikan kembung (mackerel) has more omega 3 than tuna/salmon (look it up)
Healthy fats are great for your overall as well as skin health. Fatty acids are the building blocks of your skin cells. Because of this, not consuming enough fats could lead to dry and dull skin! Healthy fatty foods also contain many fat-soluble nutrients (Vitamin A, D, E) that could be rare in other food sources
Good sources of healthy fats are fatty fish (mackerel/ikan kembung, anchovies/ikan bilis, tuna), avocados, omega-3 enriched eggs or free range/kampung chicken eggs, grass-fed beef/mutton, coconut milk/santan, chia seeds, flax seeds, and nuts of various kinds
cows need to be pregnant before they produce milk, thus the hormones are in the milk as well
There is significant research that shows that dairy could worsen acne or skin conditions. Most of today’s dairy cows are artificially treated with hormones (since animals need to be pregnant to produce milk). These hormones, as well as the ones naturally present in milk, could be irritants and cause inflammation, which leads to acne or breakouts.
Sensitivity to dairy depends on the individual, so the degree to which it may affect you varies. If you are cutting out dairy, expect results in 2-3 weeks as your body gets rid of the residual milk sugars and acids in your system.
Eat more fruits and vegetables
go local with your veggies and fruits. not only are they inexpensive but it is also better for the environment!
No surprises here, fruits and veggies are great natural sources of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, nutrients that will help your body and your skin be healthy and youthful! Antioxidants will help combat inflammation while vitamins and minerals are essential building blocks for skin cells.
We recommend regularly eating at least 3 different coloured vegetables so that your body gets a wide range of nutrients.
Spices are good
no need to skimp on the spices! 😋
Most people think of vegetables or fruits as the main sources of antioxidants, but spices pack an absolute punch, and are often denser in antioxidant content! Turmeric, ginger, cloves, garlic, cumin, cinnamon - spices common in Southeast Asian cooking - are packed full of anti-inflammatory nutrients, making them great for the skin.
While having lots of spices is a good thing, consuming too much spicy (as in HOT) foods could lead to an increase in sebum production, potentially leading to oilier skin and breakouts.