Losing weight is great for your health, but it can also impact your complexion. That’s because any significant change to your diet also changes your skin’s chemistry. Here’s a look at how different diet plans affect your face:
Let’s start with: High-protein, low-carb diets, like South Beach and Atkins. Dermatologist Dr. Francesca Fusco says there’s good and bad news. On the good side, cutting back on white bread, pasta and refined sugar lowers your baseline cortisol level. And lower stress hormones means fewer breakouts. Plus all the extra protein makes it easier for your body to produce wrinkle-preventing collagen. On the bad side: Don’t eat too much fatty meat. Otherwise, you’ll boost your body’s production of free radicals, which can make your skin look prematurely old.
Next how does a vegetarian or vegan diet affect your skin? Well, the antioxidants in fresh produce and whole grains are great for your complexion because they neutralize the compounds that contribute to wrinkles, brown spots and other signs of aging. But vegetarian or vegan diets have a downside, too. Your skin needs some fat to retain moisture and absorb vitamins so it looks smooth and supple. So try to get 20-percent of your calories from the healthy fats found in nuts, flaxseed and olive oil.
So what’s the best diet for your skin? The Mediterranean Diet. Experts say that’s because the diet is heavy in fish and olive oil which provide plenty of omega-3 fatty acids. And that’ll help prevent wrinkles. Even better, a recent study found that omega-3s also protect against melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.