Skin care is a tricky business. Here at Jiva Spa Toronto, you can receive all sorts of different procedures to help take care of your skin, no matter your skin type. From facials to microdermabrasions and skin remodeling treatments, these procedures can do wonders for your skin!
But that’s not all there is to it! Skin care comes down to diet and lifestyle choices as well. Each one of us is different, but your skin generally falls into 5 main skin types. Your skin is normal, dry, oily, sensitive, or combination. And each of these skin types has different requirements for skin care.
From the procedure angle, it’s best to come in and consult with one of our estheticians, who can help you understand your skin type, your skin care needs, and what your options are. But from a dietary perspective, there are certain foods you should eat or avoid depending on your skin type. You’ll see that a proper diet for your skin type will change the way you look and feel.
Skin Type #1: Normal Skin
If you have normal skin, congratulations! You won the genetic lottery. You probably don’t have any skin issues, and everything looks pretty good. No problem!
Skin Type #2: Dry Skin
Dry skin is exactly what it sounds like. As a result, your skin may have a dull, rough look to it, very small pores, and be more prone to wrinkles and fine lines.
Increasing your fat intake is a great way to help ease the dryness of your skin. But not just any fat will do! Certain fats, like those found in safflower oil, walnut oil, avocado oil, or coconut oil will help hydrate your skin.
And speaking of avocado oil, avocados are also a great source of these healthy fats, and besides being delicious, they’re chock full of other nutrients as well!
Naturally, if you have dry skin you probably need to drink more water. In fact, most of us don’t drink as much water as we should. Try and get around eight glasses a day in. Cucumbers are great too, since they’re mostly water anyway.
Herbal teas can help hydrate your skin as well. This is especially true for teas with marigold or rose in them, since these plants naturally hydrate and have healing properties.
Skin Type #3: Oily Skin
On the other side of the fence is oily skin. Some people don’t have enough moisture, but you have too much!
Now you might not like this one, but unfortunately some of your favourite foods might be on the list of stuff to avoid. Just don’t shoot the messenger, okay?
Fatty meats, including beef, sausage, bacon, and dark poultry have a lot of saturated fat in them. This stuff isn’t necessarily bad for you (in fact some studies will tell you it’s good for you!) but the fat in them can definitely add to the oil in your skin.
Dairy products are rough too, since oily skin is often prone to acne, and some studies suggest dairy can aggravate acne.
If you eat a lot of fried foods or enriched flour, you might want to cut back on those too.
So what can you eat?
Start with foods high in fibre. Broccoli, berries, nuts and seeds, lentils, brown rice, and oatmeal are good.
And if you are going to eat fatty foods, follow them up with a dose of Vitamin C. Citrus fruits like orange, lemon, lime, and especially grapefruit are great sources. The Vitamin C will help flush the fat out of your system quicker.
Skin Type #4: Sensitive Skin
If you have sensitive skin, you might be prone to red, itchy skin along with burning and dryness. It’s the most problematic of all skin types, but with the right diet and treatments it can look just as good as any other skin type!
If you have sensitive skin, get as much Omega 3 as you can in your diet. This stuff helps lower inflammation all over your body, including your skin. Salmon, flax seeds, and eggs enriched with Omega 3 are good options.
Sensitive skin can also be prone to acne. The truth is, we don’t yet know what the cause of acne is, but a number of studies point toward diet as being one of the contributing factors. If you have sensitive skin and suffer from acne, track down as much Vitamin A in your diet as you can. Spinach, turkey, sweet potatoes, carrots, and leafy greens are all great sources for this stuff. And while you’re at it, avoid dairy and sugar as much as you can.
If your sensitive skin has caused you to have rosacea, stay away from spicy food, as they can aggravate it.
Skin Type #5: Combination Skin
Combination skin is, you guessed it, a combination of different types. You might have normal skin on your forehead and cheeks, and oily skin on your nose, or some other combination. It can be frustrating, but because combination skin is so variable it’s hard to say what foods you should and shouldn’t eat.
In general though, stick with foods which are high in antioxidants, as these are great for any skin type. Green tea, tomatoes, berries, broccoli, spinach, carrots, and garlic are all great sources.
No matter your skin type, with a combination of proper nutrition and a smart skincare regimen, you can enjoy healthy, radiant skin! Stop by Jiva Spa Toronto and have a chat with either myself or my husband Kam, and you can discover more about your skin’s unique needs and how you can best take care of it.
Yours in good health, this is Neetu Thakar for Jiva Spa Toronto!
390 Bloor St W,
Toronto, ON M5S 1X4
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