After the superfoods and the detox juices, place the foods that make them beautiful. From broccoli to quinoa, a tour of the best allies of the skin
Urinate and protect the skin. But the pots are not all-powerful. It is the diet that most affects the quality of the epidermis. Recent scientific studies have observed the impact of consumption habits on its appearance, firmness or even hydration. At the University of St Andrews in the UK, for example, researchers have followed 35 students for six weeks, recording everything they ate and measuring their complexion.
Some of them reduced their consumption of fruits and vegetables and another increased it. The results published in 2012 in the American Journal of Public Health highlight the gap between the two groups: the fruit and vegetable diet creates a golden complexion, looking more beautiful and healthy. “By taking advantage of the most advanced creams, we have forgotten that beauty also comes from a healthy and well thought out diet. The skin reflects without cheating our state of health, “says Dr. Olivier Courtin-Clarins, general manager of the Clarins group that just published Belle on my plate.
Make a skin plan
The power of food, able to offset the gaps, cure problems and beautify the complexion is the subject of a wave of books this spring. They present several cases – lack of radiance, tone or hydration – followed by their food solutions and simple recipes. All promise visible results. “The complexion begins to regain its luminosity in just a few days, because the cells are constantly renewed. The improvement of the appearance of the skin is visible after about a month “, promises the specialist.
In my notebook Beautyfood (Marabout), dermatologist Nadine Pomarède and head Catherine Moreau advise dehydrated skin, which often lacks suppleness, vegetables rich in water such as cucumber and dishes focused on good fats (omega-3 and 6). ), with avocado, oily fish (salmon, mackerel, sardines, herring), oilseeds, cold pressed oils (olive, rapeseed or wheat germ) and eggs. Conversely, certain foods such as oysters or beef steak regulate the secretion of sebum, typical of oily skin.
In this sense, to avoid acne, fast sugars are to be banned. They are found in foods made from refined white flour (bread, pasta), industrial cakes and juices, soft drinks, milk or white chocolates, and white rice. That’s what British blogger Hanna Sillitoe did about her radical diet change in My Skin Plan. Dermatological care by food (Rouergue). For 20 years, she suffered from psoriasis, eczema and acne. By removing gluten, dairy products, processed foods, sugar, but also certain healthy foods that have inflammatory effects on sensitive skin, such as strawberries, oranges and tomatoes, the appearance of its skin is transformed.
Tonicity and shine
The radiance of the complexion depends, as for him, of the good cocktail of vitamins and oligo-elements. Starting with vitamin C, antiradical and useful in the manufacture of collagen, present in citrus fruits, exotic fruits and broccoli. Vitamin A, for flexibility and resistance, in butter, eggs, liver. Vitamin E, with antioxidant and anti-aging properties, in vegetable oils and nuts. Selenium, precious ally against cellular aging caused by pollution, in meats and shellfish. Knowing that a lack of iron gray complexion, we take care to consume enough (red meat, dark chocolate, herbs) avoiding drinking tea within two hours.
Carrots, tomatoes and apricots, rich in beta-carotene, this natural orange pigment that protects the skin from UV rays and prepares it for tanning, also contribute to the good looks. To counter the aging effects of free radicals, each season has its procession of fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants: lamb’s lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, spinach, chard, peppers and peas, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, pomegranates or blackcurrants. Less known, flavonoids found in red wine, grape seeds or green tea prevent skin aging, improve circulation and fight against skin imperfections.
“In general, I recommend a vegetarian diet, varied and alive. It’s stupid to eat only cabbage kale on the pretext that it’s trendy, concludes Olivier Courtin-Clarins. We should therefore alternate the foods according to their benefits, without forgetting to do one or two detox treatments in the year to activate cell renewal. “