Most of us know the old adage You are what you eat. Whatever you put in your body is what your body has to use in order to do all of the complicated functions that give you life: blood circulation, organ function, healing of the skin from cuts and bruises, brain function, muscles to move your bones, bones to keep you walking, and hair growth to keep you warm. If you put in junk, odds are you won’t feel or look all that well. You may gain weight due to the wrong types of food at the wrong times. You may have bloodshot eyes due to too much alcohol consumption. Or your skin may be dull and slack due to not enough protein and vitamins.
microneedling is a skin care procedure using microneedling equipment and microneedling devices to enhance your skin through collagen production. microneedling is an amazing tool to have in your wheelhouse to reverse the effects of aging. However, diet and nutrition play a huge role how your skin looks and feels. MDPen, a supplier of microneedling equipment including microneedling devices for practitioners, explores this topic further.
HOW DIET AFFECTS YOUR SKIN
The food you eat—from wrinkle-fighting antioxidants in fruits and vegetables to hydrating healthy fats in fish—may matter to your skin almost as much as it does to your waistline. Food gets digested down into glucose, amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals that the body uses for survival and for maintenance and repair of our tissues. Eating a healthy, balanced diet along with adequate hydration will help to build healthy skin, but eating a diet rich in processed foods, sugars, saturated fats, and dairy can deprive your skin of the vital nutrients needed for a healthy glow.
- Lose the sugar. Cutting sugar will lower the stress hormone cortisol and minimize breakouts. Sugar is also thought to weaken the skin and affect collagen production, the substance microneedling targets in order to reinvigorate your skin. Sugar (particularly refined sugars) is thought to be the main culprit in acne breakouts.
- Eat colors. Fruits and vegetables are packed with antioxidants, which protect your skin from free radical damage and help to reduce the effects of the sun on your skin. Blueberries, dark leafy vegetables, tomatoes, and pumpkin are superfoods to boost these ingredients into your skin and aid collagen production.
- Eat healthy fats. Avocado, walnuts, and flaxseed provide vital Omega-3 fatty acids, which help to boost the skin’s ability to keep out toxins in our environment, keep the skin’s membranes strong and elastic, and lock moisture in. Healthy fats also inhibit certain molecules that lead to inflammation, which causes skin problems in addition to autoimmune diseases.
- Avoid fad diets. The perpetual cycle of losing 20 pounds and then putting on 20 pounds stresses your skin and weakens it. The skin is continually expanding and contracting, which causes your skin to lose its elasticity and sag. This weight gain and loss plays out on your facial skin as well. However, you lose the fat where you want it most (your mid-face) and that’s the last place weight goes when re-gained.
- Drink water. Your skin is made up mostly of water. When your skin cells hold water, they are nice and fat, which leads to fuller cells and fewer spaces to create wrinkles and lines. Water also helps flush out toxins that can cause skin problems and is essential for skin metabolism and regeneration.
- Avoid dairy. Dairy products are thought to lead to inflammation and play a role in acne breakouts. Cutting dairy improves skin texture and tone.
- Avoid alcohol. Besides the obvious effects alcohol can have on your body (damage to organs such as the liver and a created dependence that can turn into addiction), alcohol dehydrates your body and your skin, depriving it of precious moisture it needs to stay healthy. Switch to green tea instead. Green tea is full of antioxidants called polyphenols that increase skin hydration and increase both blood flow and oxygen to the skin.
- Load up on protein. Collagen is a protein that comprises one-third of the protein in your body and three-quarters of your skin composition. Meat contains the amino acids that make collagen (which makes your skin strong) and elastic tissue (which makes it supple).
In sum, any diet that is good for your health is good for your skin. Your skin is a reflection of your total body health. The best way to keep your skin healthy is to keep your blood sugar level. This keeps your insulin levels level. Insulin is the hormone your pancreas secretes, which allows cells to absorb glucose. Glucose is what gives your cells (and hence you) energy to do all you ask of your body to do. Too much insulin is a signal to your body to store the glucose as fat.
In order to look your best, you have to take care of all aspects of your health and well being. microneedling devices help to combat the signs of aging through collagen induction therapy services. However, if you are to look your best, you have to care for the whole body and not just rely on one method. Diet and nutrition along with exercise are the most important things you can do to keep your body healthy.
MDPen’s mission is to help you achieve the look you want. We hope through offering microneedling devices to microneedling practitioners to impact people as they strive to look their best. We help microneedling practitioners get the word out about microneedling, which helps to reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles, sagging, and acne scars. We provide training on our microneedling devices for those interested in practicing microneedling. We offer serums to use in the aftercare of a microneedling procedure as well to nourish your skin from the outside-in.
Through eating a balanced diet and not overeating, you’ll nourish your skin from the inside out. Your body and your skin will be happy, healthy, and glowing when you combine nutrition and diet with microneedling procedures. Contact us today for more information!.