Imagine this—it’s the morning of your wedding day and you wake up with a huge zit right in the middle of your face. Not a very pretty sight, is it? The day when we’re supposed to be at our happiest and most confident is not really the time we want to be worrying about dull skin, zits, wrinkles, or any other problem that could degrade our self-esteem and make us feel less than beautiful. We want to be our most gorgeous selves, and luckily, our skin can definitely be our biggest ally as long as we nurture it properly several weeks (or months, If possible) before the big day.
Are you ready to transform your complexion and become completely radiant in time for your wedding? Then you’ve got to start by changing up your diet and nourishing your skin from the inside. If you’re in need of tips on how to do that, just read on.
Sugar isn’t just bad for your waistline, it’s bad for your skin, too. It causes our insulin levels to spike, which generally raises inflammation levels in our body and can be very detrimental to us. Sugar will break down collagen and cause premature wrinkles, and it will also exacerbate conditions such as acne and rosacea, and even cause insulin resistance which can lead to excess facial hair (hirsutism). If you want to avoid the detrimental effects of it you have to cut down on things like soft drinks, sweets, and white bread and replace them with healthier alternatives. You should also avoid fruit juice because, while it’s not as bad as coke, it’s stuffed with too much sugar as well.
If your complexion looks dull, you could help yourself quite a bit if you simply up your water intake. Water will help your skin remain plump and hydrated, and it’s also a good alternative for any kind of fizzy drink or fruit juice. In addition to water, you can also drink tea, especially green tea which has detoxing properties and will help keep your face clear.
Certain supplements can be very helpful in keeping your skin youthful and pretty, so vitamin C, for example, can help promote collagen production and keep your complexion bright. Another thing you should consider is coenzyme Q10 supplements because CoQ10 is beneficial for your whole body. It’s a potent anti-oxidant that improves your skin’s barrier and protects you against photo-aging, and it rejuvenates your face by stimulating cell activity. It can also improve your overall energy levels and make you feel great. Other vitamins to consider are vitamin A, vitamins B3 and B5, vitamin D, and biotin, which is great for hair and nail quality and growth.
This isn’t necessary and you should be the judge of whether this is the right step for you or not. Different people react to dairy in different ways, but if you’re suffering from frequent breakouts, you might want to consider ditching it for a while to see how your skin feels. Hormones and nutrients in milk, cheese, and similar products can exacerbate acne and other skin conditions, but dairy can be beneficial for dry, aging skin. If you want to know more about quitting dairy, then you can read about it here before making a decision.
Looking for plump, velvety skin that glows even without a shred of makeup? Then start eating food that contains Omega-3. Salmon, tuna, mackerel, avocado, walnuts, flax seed, and chia seed are great examples of things that contain this fatty acid, so stock up and start cooking meals that contain them. One quick way to up your daily dose of Omega-3 is to add a handful of chia into your morning oatmeal.
It’s difficult to overeat veggies because they’re so low on calories and so full of nutrients that are all excellent for your overall health and especially your skin. Leafy greens, broccoli, bell peppers, tomatoes, and carrots are full of vitamins that will keep you feeling full and can rejuvenate your complexion, but you really have to eat them regularly for them to have any visible effect. Four or five weeks before your wedding, try adding a portion of veggies to every single meal you eat, whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It might be challenging in the beginning, but soon enough you’ll thank yourself for taking this step.
Limiting your salt is generally not a bad idea, but you’ll particularly want to avoid it about a week before your wedding. Salty foods can make us look and feel bloated and turn our skin patchy, so if you’re sick of your puffy under eye circles, you know what to do.
Modifying your diet isn’t an easy thing to do, but if you stick to a good meal plan both your skin and your waistline will thank you. Start as soon as possible and you’ll look like a true radiant goddess by the time your wedding day comes!