If you are a yo-yo dieter or constantly following the latest get-slim-quick fad, you might be able to finally fit into your desired dress size, but you might also be sacrificing the health of your skin along the way. The truth is, in an effort to shed pounds fast, you wreak havoc on your skin. However, with knowledge on nutrition dos and don’ts, you can eat the right, healthful foods to keep your waistline in check and your skin looking supple and young.
You see, when faced with a lack of nutrients, the body goes into survival mode, diverting energy from the skin and sending it to the internal organs. Not only is this terrible news for your health, it’s bad news for your skin as it becomes dehydrated, loses color and your natural cell turnover becomes sluggish. Symptoms that make you look tired and old.
Not to mention, when rapid weight loss results in a significant reduction of subcutaneous fat directly beneath the skin, it becomes thin and fragile. A study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology showed that sever caloric restriction for just five days suppressed lipid production in the sebaceous glands as well. While the change was reversed upon returning to a normal diet, starving your skin of nutrients is still dangerous.
You need daily vitamins, such as C, E and A as well as your Bs to keep your cellular metabolism going and your skin in good shape. Your body also needs fat to maintain the skin and hair; “good” fats can be found in avocados, walnuts and salmon. If you have no idea where to begin, schedule a consultation with a registered dietician to devise a nutritional program that is tailored to your weight loss goals. Also, look for skin care products that contain green and white teas. You may also want to try an exfoliating agent containing alphahydroxy acid to prevent your skin from getting dry and sallow.
For a powerful protector, try Dr. Brandt Time Arrest Crème de LUXE ($200). It’s a quick-to-absorb cream that combines the age-reversing power of peptides grapes stem cells and natural elements to protect the skin and prevent dryness.
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