Beauty and the Greens
The beauty and cosmetics industry is steadily on the rise as consumers are constantly seeking for products that can improve their skin health and longevity. A big factor that influences our skin is diet and lifestyle. More often than not, poor skin can be attributed to a diet filled with highly acidic foods that include highly processed foods, high protein, and high sugar products.
How does an acidic body affect our skin?
A diet rich in processed foods especially sugar does not only increase the body’s acidity but has shown to induce protein glycation1. This occurs when sugar molecules bind with our DNA and proteins in the body which may increase the risk of renal disease as well as reduced skin elasticity-meaning saggy skin!
Studies have shown that high levels of uric acid may influence dermal cells (aka skins cells) to produce acid hence causing the skin to be more prone to fungal and bacterial infection2.
As we get older, our skin pH tends to become slightly acidic due to reduced oxygen supply which may negatively impact our skin3.
We should instead look towards natural ways to enhance our beauty and this can first be derived from our diet through the nutrients we introduce into our body! The best way to maximise all the goodness in our foods is by incorporating fresh fruits and vegetables as most of its vitamins and minerals are still present. Green vegetables in particular are extremely beneficial to the skin as they contain the green pigment chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is naturally alkaline which can help to neutralise excess acidity in the body and as a result improve skin cell function and health. Green veggies also contain good sources of fibre that aid in enhancing digestion and bowel movement so that it reduces build- up of unwanted waste that may cause skin inflammation and infections. If you don’t have enough time to prepare a salad, blend your favourite alkalising greens including kale, spinach, cucumber, apples (for taste), lemon and lime to alkalise your body and keep you glowing from head to toe!
- Draelos Z, 2012, ‘Cosmetics, diet and the future’, Dermatologic Therapy, 25(3): 267-272
- Yosipovitch G, Morduchowiz G and Boner G, 1992, ‘Skin Surface pH, moisture and pruritus in haemodialysis patients’, Oxford Journals, 8(10): 1129-1132
- Waller J and Maibach H, 2005, ‘Age and skin structure and function, a quantitative approach (I): blood flow, pH, thickness and ultrasound echogenicity’, Skin Research and Technology, 11(4): 221-235