We had heard that food has a huge impact on our skin, so we sat with acclaimed dermatologist, Dr Zarqa, one of our partner beauty consultant’s to really dig deep and check whether this is really true. How much is it what we eat, and how much is it what we do, that matters to our skin?
According to Dr. Zarqa, “great skin follows my 70/30 rule. 70 % of your skins healthy glow depends on what you eat, sleep & exercise, and 30 % is the treatment that your skin consultant recommends. Skin is the largest organ of the body, and whatever you eat will show on the skin. So, always look at what you are eating as a large part of what you look like depends on it!”
But, to get that beautiful skin, does not mean that you have to go for crazy crash course diets and cleansing smoothies. Just read on as we get Dr. Zarqa to tell you what to eat, and what to avoid, and you are good to go.
More on the 70/30 Rule
What you eat and what you apply on your skin must follow a 70:30 ratio. So 70 % of your skin depends on what you eat, the exercises you do, and the amount of quality sleep you get, and 30 % is professional skin treatments. So if you are getting the 70 % right, your skin will be glowing and you really don’t need to apply anything on your face. 30% is for treating any skin problems, with medical and dermalogical procedures, using topicals, daily cleansing and moisturizing, as well as protecting your skin from sun damage using sunblock.
Foods to Avoid for Beautiful Skin
The chicken that we have available in Pakistan unfortunately comes from a quick method of breeding and is called broiler chicken, it is hormone induced, and extremely unhealthy to eat. You should not eat chicken more than once a week.
According to Dr Zarqa, “women should absolutely avoid oil based and the greasy foods as they are horrible for the skin. Most fried foods are bad for the skin. Generally frying in natural oil like ‘desi ghee’, is better for the skin than vegetable oil.”
What most people don’t know is that vegetable oil has been declared the unhealthy ‘poison of the century’ because it has trans fatty acids. When we heat vegetable oil, half the fats are converted into trans fatty acids, which are bad for blood vessels and gives you bad skin complexion. So eliminate the market-based vegetable oil from your diet and go for mustard oil, olive oil, or coconut oil.
According to Dr. Zarqa, milk out of a carton, or processed milk, is terrible for the skin particularly because of the chemical cleaners that they put in the milk processing machines to clean the tubes . So stop having boxed milk if you are are looking for great skin. Get a milkman to deliver fresh milk for you, or better yet, if you have a source, i.e a goat or a cow available to you than that would work wonders on your diet and health.
Foods to eat for the most Beautiful Skin of Your Life
Natural, unprocessed foods that do not come out of a box or carton are best for skin, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains. So try to have a lot of salads and fresh fruit. According to Dr Zarqa, “women should have a balanced diet, focusing on superfoods like berries, papaya, pomegranate, tomatoes, and lemon. Also, carrots, cucumbers, nuts and seeds, and dark-coloured fruits in particular are excellent for the skin.”
Moreover, whenever you cook for yourself, avoid adding artificial flavors and anything processed that comes out of a bottle. The more you go natural and raw, the better will be the health of your skin.
Say no to Mineral Water
Try to drink lots and lots of water. However, according to Dr. Zarqa, you should only have water that comes from a filter and not from the plastic bottle (like mineral water). This is because mineral water may have toxins in it as plastic bottles release chemicals that may infuse with the water.
Eat lots of Mediterranean style food. Fish, greens with leaf, olive oil, and fruit are the gems of a heart-healthy diet. Most Mediterranean foods protect against melanoma which is a form of skin cancer. Also omega-3 fatty acids in fish help keep skin-cell membranes strong and elastic.
Have lots of Vegetables
Vegetables have antioxidants which neutralize the free radicals that cause wrinkles, brown spots, and other signs of aging. Veggie diets are also low in fat. Try adding flax seeds and olive and sunflower oils to the veggies to help skin retain water and make it more supple.
Low Carb/ High Proteins Foods
Cut down on white bread, pasta, and refined sugars which increase your stress hormone cortisol and maximize breakouts. Instead, use whole grains, fresh produce, and lean meats to up your antioxidants, blemish-busting zinc, and collagen-building protein.
But be conscious of having too much meat, because excessive animal fat can cause an increased production of free radicals, which will interfere with normal cellular processing.
Go Low Fat all the way
Going on saturated fat is great for your skin, heart and waistline. A diet low in animal fat increases the production of free radicals that can prematurely age skin. Still, your skin needs some fat, like that found in nuts and olive oil. Fat helps your body to absorb skin friendly antioxidants and fat-soluble vitamins and strengthens cell membranes and epidermis for the more supple face.
So, remember three rights in life. Right food, of the Right portion, at Right time for healthy, beautiful, skin. Comment below and let us know how you found your skin after changing your lifestyle as recommended by Beauty Hooked and its Beauty Expert Dr. Zarqa.
For a detailed consultation with Dr. Zarqa you can call 03222267778, 042-35764112-113 and 35778088.0