Your skincare routine and product choices all contribute to whether your skin is irritated, inflamed, or prematurely aging on the one hand or glowing, healthy, smooth, and hydrated on the other. At the heart of The Beauty of Dirty Skin is the science that healing and nourishing our skin’s “microbiome” is critical to sustain healthy, glowing skin. There are more than one trillion bacteria in the skin, originating from approximately one thousand different species. Our antiseptic cleansing styles and obsession with antibacterial soaps and cleansers have stripped our skin of its healthy bacteria. If your skin’s healthy microbiome is disrupted by harsh cleansers and other abrasive skincare products, this discontent results in breakouts, rosacea flares, psoriasis, eczema, and even sensitive skin. In sharp contrast, when your good bugs are healthy, your skin is, in turn, healthy and radiant. That’s because these essential bugs fight infections, combat against environmental damage, boost our immune system, and keep our skin hydrated and radiant. Even better, the results are lasting. When your skin flora is restored, its health is sustainable.
I wanted to share more insight into the food swaps for beautiful, clear skin that I discussed on GMA!
As I discussed on Good Morning America, a number of studies are now showing that if you drink dairy milk, you will be more likely to struggle with breakouts and acne. We believe this issue arises from a combination of hormones that are found in the milk as well as milk proteins like casein and whey. Skim milk has actually been found to show the STRONGEST link to acne flares.
SIMPLE SWAP #1:
Instead of SKIM MILK, choose ALMOND MILK OR COCONUT MILK. Both are low in calories and are delicious!
Whey Protein Dietary Supplemnents:
As I also mentioned on GMA, the vast majority of protein powders and nutritional bars are made with whey protein, which has also been shown to contribute to inflammation and acne in the skin. Many of my friends and even my family members drink shakes containing whey protein daily as part of their meal plan! However, many athletes who use whey powder in their shakes or eat protein bars made with whey are finding that they are breaking out on their faces, chests and back.
SIMPLE SWAP #2:
Instead of WHEY PROTEIN SUPPLEMENTS, opt for VEGAN OPTIONS. Many of the companies that make these dietary supplements now offer vegan alternatives which do not contain whey. Look for pea protein or rice protein!
If you are breaking out, you want to make sure to avoid refined carbohydrates like white bread, cornflakes, chips and pretzels.
SIMPLE SWAP #3:
Instead of REFINED CARBS, choose QUINOA, BARLEY or SWEET POTATOES. These choices are great for your skin and for your waistline!