Ways To Keep Young Looking Skin!

Whilst we all know that sun damage and cigarette smoke speed up skin ageing, our daily food intake plays a large part in how young (or old) your skin will look.

SUGAR in our diet, particularly refined sugar prematurely ages skin, creates dullness, discoloration and contributes to deep lines. Cut out as much refined sugar as you can….I’ve been sold ‘partly’ on a ‘paleo style’ lifestyle where it’s focus is on eliminating dairy products and processed food and all forms of sugar.Healthy Food

To protect your skin, and even reverse some of the damage try filling your diet with foods that have natural skin-boosting properties — such as purple, red or black fruit and vegetables, beans and wholegrains (the last two are definitely not part of a paleo diet, hence why I’m only ‘partly’ sold on paleo!)

To protect our skin and to make it look and feel younger we need to start with cultivating a healthier gut microbiome. Most beneficial bacteria thrive from good carbohydrates, these are soluble fibres found in oat bran like porridge or bircher muesli, fruit salad, eggplant dip, lentils, soy beans….and the list goes on!

Another good carb is derived from resistant starch. Research has found that resistant starch is another source of dietary fibre and to not bore you with the scientific detail the research does suggest it may be as important as fibre to help reduce the risk of colorectal cancer! It’s found naturally in unprocessed foods such as cereals, firm bananas, lentils and beans. Resistant Starch

Resistant starch are starchy foods (potatoes, rice or pasta) that are cooked and then cooled it’s this process that makes them resistant to digestion and travel through your intestines to feed your good bacteria. Other food to improve the healthy level of bacteria in your gut is yogurt….NOT that sweet stuff that’s been processed and destroy the health benefits of yogurt but the yogurt that is as natural as possible, such as Greek Style Yogurt.

The key is keep your food fresh, limit caffeine and alcohol and do what the southern Europeans do….detox once a month or once every quarter for just 3 to 5 days! Give it a shot and see how you go over the next few months !

Lastly, keep your skin care to a strict routine, morning and night and remember to protect your skin and beautiful face from the harmful rays of UV radiation….particularly true for people living closer to the equator, e.g. Australia! So slip, slop, slap that sun cream irrespective of the weather.

Until next time……

Cheers Gina



18 thoughts on “Ways To Keep Young Looking Skin!”

  • Hello Gina!!

    I whole-heartedly believe that sugar can cause us to age prematurely. It reeks so havoc on your body, I’m surprised I am still able to get around from all the sugar I ate as a teenager. Before I was pregnant, I never really paid much mind to what I ate, but now I have to look at EVERY ingredient label. Glad that eating better foods also helps my skin be more youthful. Thanks for this!!

    Best wishes,
    Heather Montgomery

    • Thank you Heather. Reading labels maybe a tedious task, but worth it in the end and one thing I’ve noticed as my children get older…they too take on good habits and remind me from time to time about some food I should not have in our pantry….that to me is a good success!

  • Hi Gina,

    I agree with all you say in this post. I do intermittent fasting and it really helps me keep my weight right and constantly gives me a nice detox. I have stopped eating dairy and red meat also and that helps greatly.

    I use coconut oil instead of butter and even use it now as a skin moisturiser haha! True and its great. Sugar is definitely something everyone needs to cut out as it feed inflammation. Thanks for the article, Kev

    • Thank you Kev….interesting you should mention coconut oil as my family has replaced butter and margarine with coconut oil and Nuttelex spread!
      Of course being of Southern European decent….we still MUST have extra virgin olive oil in our pantry!
      Cheers Gina

  • Hi, Gina!
    I know that sugar is bad for our health, and if we can avoid sugar, it’s good. I am trying to don’t use sugar in my diet. I always eat fresh food and don’t drink alcohol. I am doing everything I can to be healthy, If we are healthy, our skin shows us.
    Thanks for sharing this information!

  • Hi Gina,
    It amazes me, how I seem to find certain things at certain times. I’ve struggled with eczema my entire life. Just recently, I’ve really focused on cutting what little sugar there is in my diet out of my routine. It makes a difference.
    I’ve never been a big sweet-tooth guy, but as you noted, refined and processed sugar is hidden in a LOT of places. I’ve started with the big stuff: I don’t drink pop an I’ve tried to cut out the sugary snacks after dinner (dessert, if you like) and am becoming much more mindful of where else that little beast is hiding. I figure it’s best for my health in any case.
    Keep up your great work!
    Kevin

    • Hi Kevin thanks for your comments. How interesting I too suffered from eczema as a kid but soon grew out of it. My son was born with eczema issues and we cut out dairy and processed foods as per our nutritionist’s recommendations and we combined this with natural creams(lavender and tea tree oils) and his skin settled 6 months later. He is now a young man with beautiful skin!
      I wish you all the best with your health and happiness!
      Cheers Gina

  • Sugar is a tough one to avoid as it is in a lot of foods! Any recommendations as to what to look for on a food label? I have decided to take part in a detox group and starting tomorrow we are to avoid sugar and alcohol for three days. The alcohol, not a problem. The sugar though, that’s going to be a tough one. Do you have any diet suggestions?

    • Hi Bauke your question is a good one, now although I’m not a nutritionist one rule I follow with food labels is looking at sugar in the overall context of the total carbohydrates. For example, I use a lot of coconut flour in my cooking instead of plain white flour….the sugar content per serve for the coconut flour is 2.8g as is the carbohydrate….whereas the plain white flour content is only 2.5g per serve yet the carbohydrate is a whopping 73g!!! Hence I won’t touch the latter! Looking at sugar on it’s own is tough without the carb component and level of processing, e.g. wheat based pasta vs. buckwheat pasta.
      Rough rule of thumb I aim for sugar content less than 1g per serve which makes picking food in the supermarket a challenge…hence look at alternative places for healthier options! Some supermarkets are finally catching on and supplying better food options….
      Cheers Gina

  • Hi Gina,

    Thanks for the tips. I have come to understand that sugar is a huge problem recently and limiting its intake has had a huge difference to my weight. In fact I lost 10kgs in a very short period of time by eating very little sugar. It was hard at the start but now its quiet easy. People have made comments that I look much better and my face looks radiant.

    Cheers,
    harry

    • Thank you Shanthy

      I’m intending to add more posts around my research on sugar and gut health to achieve healthy and younger looking skin
      Stay tuned…..!!

      Cheers Gina

  • Hi Gina,

    I am a diabetic for 22 years. ..I am acutely aware of the problems that sugar can cause….but didn’t know about its effects on the skin. …many thanks on your tips. It’s an eye opener. 8 have to rethink my “less sugar” diet….seriously!

  • Hi Gina,
    Great article- I couldn’t agree more. Some months ago I quit sugar for a month, it was TOUGH!! Made me aware that It is in nearly 70% or more I dare say in food products and drinks at your local grocery store which lead us to be all so dependent, it’s scary when we become aware of how much sugar we take in daily! I’m afraid I am one those mothers who check every product label to see how much sugar is in it before purchasing.

    Cheers,
    Sharm

    • Hi Sharmilah

      I know it’s time consuming but you are such a great mum trying to look after your family and providing them with great healthy choices and in the process teaching them good healthy habits!

      Cheers Gina

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