Lifestyle Affects On Skin
Lifestyle Affects On Skin
Nick Lowe (Professor of Dermatology) gives expert video advice on: What foods affect my skin?; How much water should I drink for healthy skin?; What effect does alcohol have on my skin? and more...
What foods affect my skin?
There's many myths and half-truths about diet and the skin problems. There are some things that, for example, can make acne worse. If you're prone to acne, some foods that are very high in iodine content, and this includes some salts, some marine foods such as seaweed that you might eat at a sushi bar, and certain prawns that have very high iodine content, can make acne worse. There's a few people that genuinely do get worse with eating lots of chocolate. But in general, chocolate and acne, if you look at a hundred people you're not going to see a close link, but you will see individuals that may have that problem. If you're one of those individuals where you find something that worsens you, if you eat very spicy food and your rosacea gets worse, you'll have to sadly avoid or reduce the spiciness. If you drink lots of cups of hot tea and your rosacea gets worse, reduce that. If you drink a fair amount of your favorite wine and your psoriasis gets worse, reduce it. These are the things to look for in diet. It's personal connections with your skin problem rather than an overall guidance. Overall guidances for the skin are to eat a healthy diet with multiple supplemental vitamins as you would for general health, including fresh fruits and fresh vegetables as part of your healthy diet.
How much water should I drink for healthy skin?
Water in the skin is another of these half-truths. You need to drink enough water for your general health, to keep your urine output, your kidneys working at a resonable rate for it to clear some of the toxins. Not all toxins are cleared by the kidneys, but some are. A good guideline about how much water you can take is if you keep your urine looking a light amber color. If it's too dark brown or yellow, you're not drinking enough. If it's too pale, you're drinking too much. So that's a good guidance.
What effect does smoking have on my skin?
If you are a smoker, not only for your general health but also for your looks, give up smoking. I've seen so many people that have given up smoking and within a matter of weeks their skin looked much healthier and they are feeling a lot healthier. So try and give up smoking. There are lots of good ways of helping to give up smoking, ranging from hypnotherapy, nicotine patches, and psychotherapy if it's a real problem.
What effect does alcohol have on my skin?
If you're a binge drinker, stop binge drinking because that can give you spider veins by damage to the surface blood vessels.