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4 Foods that Cause Skin Problems

4 foods that cause skin problems

We all have experienced some kind of skin problems during our lives.

There are different types of skin and some of us may solve the problem easily in a few days, but for some the problem persists and it’s not easy to fix it.

There are different things that can trigger skin problems and some of them are familiar to you for sure.

Bad skin care, heavy makeup, too much sunlight, greasy food etc.

So, today I decided to write about 4 different foods that cause skin problems. (1)

Yes, you need to be very careful when it comes to food and drinks because this can affect your skin significantly.

4 Foods that cause skin problems

Sugar

Sugar is added to almost everything today. Not only to desserts like cupcakes, but also to bread, dairy, and dressings.

Pay attention when you buy so called ‘healthy food’ too because there’s added sugar in yogurt, protein bars, whole wheat crackers and cereals.

Excess sugar leads to reduced collagen and elasticity.

An inadequate distribution of fats can cause an inflammation and rash all over your face.

The result is reduced elasticity and deep wrinkles.

Dairy

milk

Lactose is an allergen and many people have lost the ability to digest it.

That can lead to hormonal disbalance and skin diseases.

Besides, dairy products are pasteurized so that they can last longer and also there are added hormones and antibiotics to these products.

This causes an active production of sebum and it clogs follicles.

If you notice puffy eyelids, bags under eyes, acne all over your face, these are signs of lactose intolerance.

Gluten

Gluten is a protein found in cereals, especially wheat, rye and barley.

It’s really hard to digest gluten and it takes a lot of gastric acid to digest it.

If the gastric acid and enzymes aren’t produced enough, and the gluten molecules don’t enter the small intestine completely digested, then this gradually leads to increased intestinal permeability.

You can recognize the signs of gluten sensibility on your face.

Puffy face, redness, and pigment spots on the cheek area are one of the signs.

Alcohol

alcohol

Alcohol causes inflammation in your body: redness, rash and tiny capillaries appear on the cheeks and nose.

It dehydrates the skin cells, and dryness speeds up the wrinkle formation.

Sugar found in alcoholic drinks damages collagen and it worsens its production, so wrinkles appear and your skin gets gray color.

Well, now you know which food is bad for you, so try to cut down or cut off these products.

How to improve your skin?

To improve your metabolism, micro flora and hormones it’s not enough to avoid these products.

You need to change your dietary habits and it takes a lot of healthy food, cleansing and proper skin care to improve your skin.

3 most important changes:

  1. You need to cut off unhealthy food to reduce inflammation in your body.

These products only cause damage to your face and body and on top of that they disturb your metabolism.

The look of your face is the result of the processes that take place in your body.

  1. Detox

This helps to renew flora, boost the work of your digestive system, liver and gallbladder.

Detox is very important because your body gets rid of toxins.

A weaken immune system is the result of bad lifestyle, a lack of exercise and bad diet.

And that kind of environment is great for parasites.

They cause many diseases and acne and blackheads are a clear sign that your body is full of toxins.

  1. Use good quality products for your skin

You should use products that renew the structure of your skin, its elasticity and boost hydration

There are many skin products out there so you need to choose wisely.

Our skin is more and more exposed to sunlight (2), polluted air, and we are constantly stressed.

So, your skin needs something natural and light.

With no artificial additives and cancerous substances, but with natural ingredients that nurture, hydrate, and renew your skin.

4 Foods that cause skin problems- Final thoughts

These tips will help you protect your skin from premature aging, inflammation, and tired look.

Remember that you need to adjust your diet if you want healthy skin.

And a healthy diet can help you in the long run if you take care of your body, too.

Exercise, hydrate and choose good ingredients.

These changes are not necessary for your looks only, but for your health, too.

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Beauty Skincare

8 Superfoods for More Collagen

superfoods for more collagen

Collagen is a protein in your body that makes your skin, hair, teeth, and nails healthy, and it also strengthens your bones, protects your joints and ligaments. (1)

It’s good for your brain and heart too and it boosts digestion.

This protein is strong support for your metabolism.

Your body produces collagen, the main protein in your body every day.

But that process starts slowing down as you age.

The production of collagen starts declining when you turn 25 and that’s a natural process.

When someone says collagen the first thing that comes to our mind is usually cosmetics, some creams to make your skin tighter.

We forget how important food is and how it can do miracles for your skin.

Luckily, there are some superfoods for more collagen.

But there are some other things that badly affect the production of collagen, so let’s take a look at them first.

What can reduce collagen?

  • hormonal disbalance
  • stress
  • bad diet
  • permeable bowel syndrome
  • too much sunlight (2)

Your skin loses at least 1% collagen per year, and that process speeds up if you add factors like photoaging, pollution, smoking, and a bad diet.

Without collagen your skin would be dry and thin, your nails brittle, your muscles wouldn’t develop, and your bones would be fragile.

So, check out the collagen-rich foods for skin.

8 Superfoods for more collagen

1. Bone broth

We can’t start our list without the most vital source of collagen, collagen type 1,2, and 3 found in animals’ tendons, ligaments, bones, and joints.

To get this collagen you need to eat bone broth.

Beef bones contain collagen type 1 which is important for healthy skin, while chicken and turkey bones contain collagen type 2 which is important for your joints.

So, don’t forget to eat bone broth to get that collagen boost.

2. Citrus fruits

fruit

Citrus fruits are a great source of vitamin C which is an excellent antioxidant. It protects from toxins that break down collagen and damage your skin.

3. Green leafy veggies

These veggies contain chlorophyll, a pigment that gives veggies their green color and an antioxidant that protects your skin and affects collagen synthesis.

4. Eggs

Eggs contain collagen in the yolk’s membrane and in the eggshell.

They also contain sulfur, a mineral in small amounts which is important for the production of collagen.

5. Berries

They are high in ellagic acid which prevents collagen from breaking down and it protects from UV damage.

Berries are also a great source of vitamin C.

6. Tomatoes

tomatoes

They are high in lycopene, an antioxidant that protects your skin from sun damage and collagen breakdown.

You should eat other red fruits and veggies besides tomatoes because they are good too.

7. Garlic

It contains sulfur which helps collagen synthesis and it prevents collagen breakdown.

8. Pumpkin seeds

seeds

They are a good source of zinc which helps collagen synthesis.

Nuts are also good for collagen synthesis.

-And last but not least, spices like gingercinnamon, and saffron.

They all contain manganese, a mineral necessary for the production of collagen.

How to make the best collagen-boosting drink?

You need:

  • 1 cup of berries
  • ½ banana
  • 1 small carrot
  • 1 small beetroot
  • a handful of spinach
  • ½ cup of chamomile tea
  • 1 spoon ground flaxseed

Blend all the ingredients and drink this super healthy collagen-boosting smoothie.

Superfoods for more collagen-Final thoughts

Cosmetics can help you cover the consequences of bad collagen production.

If you choose the right products and you start your skincare routine on time your skin will look younger and tighter.

But, don’t forget about your diet.

You need to eat healthily to maintain healthy skin, hair, nails, and teeth.

And by adding these foods to your diet you will get more collagen from nature’s best sources of this very important protein.

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Weight Loss

How Many Calories Do You Need Per Day?

how many calories do you need per day

The daily calorie intake is an individual thing and it’s based mainly on your basal metabolism and how physically active you are during the day.

The energy needed for your basal metabolism depends on your gender, age, and body mass. (1)

That’s energy that you burn when you are at rest for breathing, the work of your heart and other organs.

On the other hand, you need extra energy to do physical activities like standing, walking, working, and other free-time activities.

When we add up these two energies, we get the number of calories that you need to intake without gaining extra weight.

If you want to lose weight you need to reduce the number of calories that you get for 300-500 calories.

But, bear in mind that the minimum daily intake shouldn’t be lower than 1200 calories.

So, keep reading to find out how many calories you need per day.

How to calculate the number of calories you need?

There are many formulas and recommendations on how to precisely calculate your basal metabolism, but the following one is the most reliable:

For women: (10 x your weight in kg) + (6.25 x your height in cm) – (5 x your age) -161.

For men: (10 x your weight in kg) + (6.25 x your height in cm) – (5 x your age) + 5.

Multiply the result with the number of your physical activity listed below:

  •       If you don’t have any physical activity and you spend most of your day sitting, your number is 1.2
  •       You go jogging or do a little bit of exercise 1-3 times a week, your number is 1.375
  •       If you do exercise or sports 3-5 times a week, your number is 1.55
  •       You do exercise 6-7 times a week, the number is 1.725
  •       You do a physically hard job plus you exercise at least 2 times a week, your number is 1.9

How to boost your metabolism naturally?

tea

Your metabolism works at a certain speed that can be affected by many things.

If you want to speed up your metabolism you can try some natural ingredients like:

  • Ginger
  • Cacao
  • Water
  • Green tea
  • Chilly peppers
  • Protein-rich foods
  • Legumes

And if you want to do it faster, you can try some metabolism-boosting supplements made of natural ingredients.

How many calories do you need per day-Final thoughts

calories

As mentioned above, the number of calories depends on many things like gender, age, physical activity, body mass…

You can use the formula to calculate how many calories you need to intake.

If you want to lose weight you should reduce the number of calories you eat and you can use a weight loss calculator to help you with that.

Remember that not all calories are the same.

It’s recommended to eat healthy food like fruit, vegetables, legumes, fish, whole wheat grains, nuts, lean meat and drink lots of water, especially in the summer.

Avoid junk food and sodas cause those are empty calories that won’t do you any favors.

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Skincare

How to Protect your Skin in Summer?

how to protect your skin in summer

Summer is the period of the year when many of us associate with long sunny days, holidays, having fun on the beach, or relaxing.

The sun really improves our mood and we feel happier when it’s nice sunny weather.

But we shouldn’t forget that too much sunlight is bad for our skin and it can cause damage and some diseases. (1)

So, how to protect your skin in summer?

It’s very important how and when you enjoy the sun rays.

The most important thing during the summer and the days when the UV radiation is high is to protect your head, eyes, face, and arms.

You should wear loose clothes that cover your body.

And you should avoid staying in the sun from 10 am to 5 pm when UV radiation is high.

When to enjoy the sun?

Being out in the sun before 10 am and after 5 pm every day is good for your health and the immune system.

Also, the sun in this period is useful to prevent rachitis and osteoporosis.

Provitamin D found in the skin turns into vitamin D when you are exposed to sunlight.

And that’s 90 % of the daily requirements of vitamin D for adults, but not elderly people.

Your skin is your largest organ and your skin cells have a memory so you need to take good care of it at a young age so that it stays healthy.

You shouldn’t exaggerate with sunbathing because redness, sunburn blisters and similar are bad for your skin, especially if that happens often.

We all have different skin sensitivity and that determines your skin phototype.

There are 4 skin phototypes. The most sensitive skin types are children and the elderly, people with very light skin and eyes, and people with a lot of moles.

As you probably know the ozone layer is damaged and there are ozone holes that enable a wide spectrum of sun rays to reach the Earth.

So, the Earth’s natural protection is weakened and there isn’t a good filter for the harmful sun radiation.

What can UV radiation from the sun cause and how to prevent it?

sunburn

We constantly hear about people who have skin cancer and unfortunately, many young people are faced with such a serious disease.

We should take this seriously and act preventively.

Pay attention to your moles.

You should visit your doctor if you notice any kind of change in your moles.

Time is precious when it comes to cancer, so you need to observe if your moles change color, shape, and size and they itch, hurt, or bleed.

Harmful sunlight can cause other acute and chronic changes to your skin. (2)

The most common ones are sunburn and photodermatitis.

Also, it can prematurely age your skin, weaken your immune system and cause cataracts.

How to Protect your Skin in Summer-Final thoughts

sunscreen

As we mentioned above:

  • avoid sun exposure when it’s bad
  • wear a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
  • cover your body if you have to be outside when the UV radiation is high
  • avoid tanning beds too because it’s been proven that they are bad for your skin and health

So, your most important summer skincare routine is wearing sunscreen.

It protects you from sunburn and it prevents wrinkles.

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Skincare

5 Things that Make Your Skin Older

Things that make your skin older

I’ve witnessed many beauty trends since I was a teen.

I have to say that I tried some of them with my girlfriends so that we can be like the celebrities we saw in the teen magazines.

Not my proudest moments, I admit, but we all have to go through that phase so that we can learn what works for us, and what definitely doesn’t.

Trends come and go and what we all want now is healthy, beautiful skin that isn’t showing signs of aging.

And that’s a lot more difficult to get than the very thin, low-arched eyebrows popular in the 90s 🤦.

Anyway, I see many girls today trying to look more attractive.

They add fillers, fake eyelashes, hair extensions, spray tan, and so on, but that’s not helpful when their skin starts losing volume and wrinkles appear.

So, no matter if we want a more natural look or we go for the heavy makeup look, at the end of the day when we do our bedtime skin routine, we all wish for tighter skin without wrinkles, dark circles, or acne…

Why do some women have naturally younger skin?

Well, the first thought that comes to our minds is genetics.

That’s true, but that’s not the only factor. (1)

I’ve met some women in their 40s and 50s whose skin looks 10, 15 years younger and they all say that they started nurturing their skin when they were in their 20s.

How do women have youthful skin at 40?

Well, genetics plus long-term skincare gives results.

Also, they all have led a healthy life by eating healthy food with lots of nutrients and they’ve been physically active throughout their lives.

That brings us to the next point-

Things that Make Your Skin Older

1. Heavy makeup

Makeup

Yes, putting too much makeup isn’t good for your skin because your skin can’t breathe and your pores get clogged.

And that leads to blackheads, but also dry skin and wrinkles.

Tips: Don’t forget to use hydrating creme before putting on makeup.

Don’t be thrifty when it comes to your skin, choose a good quality foundation, and always remove makeup before going to sleep.

Also, let your skin breathe from time to time, and don’t wear makeup at all.

Use that time to clean your brushes at least once a week. Your skin will be thankful.

2. Spending too much time in the sun

Sun

I know you can’t wait to enjoy the long summer days, but staying in the sun for too long can damage your skin and it can lead to premature aging.

You must avoid the sun between 10 am and 4 pm because of harmful UV rays that not only harm your skin’s looks but can also cause serious diseases like skin cancer.

Remember, you can be sunburnt even when it’s cloudy.

And if you think that going to a tanning studio instead of sunbathing is a good choice, you are wrong.

The risk of premature skin aging and getting skin cancers because of the UV rays is higher when using tanning beds.

Tips: So, always put on sunscreen, avoid staying in the sun when it’s harmful, say no to tanning studios, and hydrate.

If you need to be out at noon, wear loose clothes, always have a bottle of water with you, and a high SPF sunscreen.

3. Unhealthy diet

You may have heard the saying ‘You are what you eat’, and I couldn’t agree more with this.

What you eat and drink every day affects your looks, especially your skin’s look.

Junk food, sweets, and sodas increase the risk of getting diabetes 2, becoming obese, having heart problems, and many other diseases.

If that’s not enough, they also make your skin oily, clog your pores, dehydrate your skin and make you look tired.

Alcohol and smoking add to all of this and you end up with dull, acne-covered, unhealthy skin.

Tips: Change your diet.

Start eating more fresh fruit and veggies and drink lots of water.

Avoid dairy products, processed food, fried food, sodas, and alcohol. If you are a smoker, try to quit.

4. Pollution and chemicals

Yes, this isn’t something you can control, but we are responsible for the environment and we all contribute to the world we live in.

Pollution is bad for your health and of course, it’s bad for your skin too.

It’s in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat.

On top of that, the food industry adds extra chemicals and additives in their products, so you intake all but healthy food.

But you can try to make a change.

Tips: Spend more time in the countryside.

Go for a hike in the mountains, you will do yourself a favor if you breathe some fresh air after a busy work week in the city.

Buy organic food from local markets, don’t eat products whose ingredients list you can’t understand.

And start recycling, carpooling, switch off the lights when you aren’t in the room, or whatever you can to be greener 🌎.

5. Too much stress

Stress

Many studies showed that stress is our biggest enemy.

It has a negative impact on our health and it’s the cause of many diseases.

And that can’t be good for your skin either.

When you are stressed, your body excretes the hormone called cortisol and high levels of this hormone can cause high blood pressure, weight gain, and even diabetes.

Tips: Avoid stress as much as possible.

Surround yourself with people who make you happy, go for a walk, take care of yourself.

If you can’t have a relaxing spa day at a resort, have one at home.

Light up some candles, prepare a nice bath, and turn off your phone!

You can try some DIY masks to exfoliate, essential oils to relax, and go to bed earlier so that you wake up rested and energized.

Things that Make Your Skin Older – Final Thoughts

How to keep skin younger and wrinkle-free?

You may want to start taking care of your skin before you notice some alarming alert, but it’s never too late. (2)

So, you need to do the following if you want to be satisfied with the look of your skin when you look yourself in the mirror:

  • Invest in good skincare products; a hydrating cream and a good quality foundation is a must
  • Avoid too much direct sunlight and use a high SPF sunscreen
  • Eat healthy, unprocessed food like fruit, veggies, proteins, and healthy carbs and drink lots of water
  • Spend time in nature and add some outdoor activities
  • Try to relax and meditate to relieve stress

These are some general tips that help to stay healthy and have better-looking skin.

If you have any health condition that requires medical help, consult your doctor.

Also, ask for a dermatologist’s advice if your skin has been exposed to sunlight too much, you suffer from bad acne, or any other skin-related condition.

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