The Proper Diet for All Skin Types

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1. Dry Skin

Your skin feels tight. You feel flaky and sometimes pain if there is chapped skin involved. You see flakes on your chin, cheeks and forehead. Your skin may feel rough, or dry to the touch. Your pores are smaller, and blackheads/blemishes are not often a problem for you, if ever. Dry skin can be caused by incorrect skin care regimen, medicines, poor diet, drinking too much caffeine, or genetics.

To take care of your dry skin, you must remember to nourish from the inside out. Hydration is an important factor in relieving and solving dry skin issues. If you do not use proper hygiene, your skin will age faster, and be more difficult to control. You will not be happy with your skin, and it will cause painful symptoms such as itchiness, redness, and cracked skin.

Diet For Dry Skin

To curb your dry skin, it is necessary to start inside the body. Eat a diet rich in antioxidants, high water content, healthy fats, and lean meats. Lay off coffee and caffeine in general as it is a diuretic and pulls water out of the body. You need more water, not less. Make sure that your diet is pH balanced and you are taking in enough alkaline foods such as leafy greens and vegetable fibers. Foods with low pH (or acidic) will draw moisture and cause worsening symptoms. Do not eat processed foods; in fact don’t shop in the middle aisles of the grocery store. Your body needs whole, healthy, moisture-rich foods. Processed preservatives provide excess toxins and suck the moisture out of your body through the digestion process. Cut back on gluten, and eat organically as to rid your body of excess toxins. Remember dry skin ages quicker, so the less toxic buildup you have, the more you can fight off the signs of aging. Increase your fruit/vegetable intake, especially cucumbers, tomatoes, melons, and apples. Add Ginger to your meals, flavoring chicken is delicious. Ginger increases circulation and helps to promote hydration.

2. Oily Skin

You will feel shine shortly after cleansing the face. You notice oil production throughout the day and find yourself blotting a lot, or adding pressed the power to soak it up. Your pores are large, visible, and you are prone to acne or breakouts because of the bacterial residue that builds up on the skin.

You must wash this skin often, at least twice a day, but with the correct cleanser. The residue needs to be removed to prevent the breakouts.

Diet For Oily Skin

Eating for oily skin is simpler than it may seem. Eat from the outside of the grocery store mainly, and refrain from beef. Oily skin often stems from toxic build up in the liver, kidney, intestines and bowels. A good cleanse once a month will help to control your skin and clear up your complexion. Daily detox foods are great to fight free radicals and toxins from your everyday life. Juice every day for breakfast, or snacks to maintain high levels of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Foods to Eat: Cranberries, Chicken, Oranges, Blueberries, Flax Seeds, Avocado, and other “clean foods”.
Foods to Avoid: Coffee, Beef, Milk, Processed foods, High-Iodine foods (Kelp, Eggs).

3. Sensitive Skin

Characterized by skin that is very thin and easily irritated, sensitive skin must be closely monitored and taken care of properly. You will feel tingly, allergy symptoms, see puffy eyes and flushed cheeks. The skin can be tight and dry as well. Pore size is usually larger and breakouts are often because of reactions to products or foods. You want to maintain a pH of around 5.3 to remain irritation free.

Diet For Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin is like having ticking time bombs in your pores waiting to explode with any false step in beauty care. Listening to your body and knowing which foods or herbal supplements will help or hinder your process is imperative.

Foods to Eat: Yogurt (organic with probiotics) Avocado, Antioxidant-rich fruits & vegetables, Melon, Citrus, Quinoa, Apples, Nuts, Beans, Grapes.
Foods to Avoid: Coffee, Processed Sugar, Processed Foods, Cow’s Milk, Beef.

4. Combination Skin

Your skin feels dry in spots (cheeks, nose, and forehead) but in others, it is either normal or oily. You will feel tightness and itchy on the dry spots, but notice the shine on others. To treat, you must treat both sections differently. Treating the whole face for dry skin will cause the oily parts to overreact and vice versa– will harm the dry spots if you treat for oily all over.

Diet For Combination Skin

Foods to Eat: Citrus, berries, avocado, flax seeds, Chia seeds, spinach, lean meats, fish.
Foods to Avoid: Beef, dairy, caffeinated beverages such as coffee, soda, tea, and also high fats.

Juicing for Combination Skin: Skin Detox Juice

  • 3 Carrots
  • 2-4 Celery stalks
  • 1 small knob of Ginger root (or 1 drop Ginger Essential Oil)
  • 1 Large Aloe Leaf (Sliced, scraped and use the juice/gel only)
  • 4-5 Dandelion leaves

5. Hormonal Skin

Your skin feels flushed. You see more breakouts, or dry patches where you used to have oil. An influx of hormones can cause a multitude of symptoms. The key here is to regulate the hormone production, not slather on beauty products to cover the issue. Hormones from your monthly cycle can cause cystic acne breakouts, red and itchy skin, dry skin patches, discoloration, and more. Pregnancy hormones do very similar things to our body—yet everyone talks about the “beautiful pregnant glow. Not everyone has glowing pregnancy skin. Plus-pregnant women have to be gentle with their skin care products, but that doesn’t mean the skin has to suffer. Menopause causes a hormone fluctuation that can take its toll on the skin. How do you deal with these hormone imbalances, and can you have pretty skin despite them?

Diet For Hormonal Skin

Foods to Eat: Beets, Avocado, Swiss Chard, lots of leafy greens,
Foods to Avoid: Processed sugars, preservatives, coffee and caffeine all together, dairy, beef, gluten.

Juicing for Hormonal Balance

Hormone Regulator

  • 1-Apple (cored)
  • 1-Pear
  • 2-Peaches
  • 1 handful Spinach
  • ½ lemon
  • ¼ flax seeds

Lady Juice

  • 1 Handful Kale
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1 Apple
  • ½ cup parsley (fresh)
  • 1 lemon

6. Aging Skin

As we get older, our skin loses some of its flexibility. Our laugh lines start to remain long after we have finished the chuckle—our eyes smile even when we aren’t. Your skin will be dull, listless, saggy, dehydrate easily, and you will notice wrinkles and lines forming easier than ever before.

Diet For Aging Skin

You must eat to restore the water/oil balance in your skin. Aging skin is out of balance. Eat foods to curb inflammation.

Foods to Eat: Vitamin C, Berries, Zinc-rich foods (Kidney beans, lentils, lamb, etc.) Also make sure you are getting enough probiotics—a good organic yogurt 4 times a week.
Foods to Avoid: Dairy—the added hormones in all dairy products will not treat your body well, Beef—for the same reason, Coffee, Caffeine, Limit your chocolate intake unless it is dark, and pure.

Juicing for Aging Skin

Wrinkle Releaser

  • 1 Cup Spinach
  • 1 Handful Blueberries
  • 1 tsp Raw Honey
  • 1 Carrot
  • 1 tsp Spirulina
  • 1 Cup Strawberries
  • 1 Tbs Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp. Power Shot Greens

Skin Detox JuiceList

  • 3 Carrots
  • 2-4 Celery stalks
  • 1 small knob of Ginger root (or 1 drop Ginger Essential Oil)
  • 1 Large Aloe Leaf (Sliced, scraped and use the juice/gel only)
  • 4-5 Dandelion leaves