There are many puzzle pieces when it comes to maintaining a healthy complexion and it's deeper than just the products you use. Of course, it helps to use quality, natural skincare from Honr…. wink! But also, focusing on a few key factors such as: eating a diet rich in protein with a variety of vegetables, healthy fats like omega 3-6-9’s and avoiding refined carbohydrates like white breads and sugar can have an enormous impact on your skin health. 

Increase your collagen levels
Collagen is a long-chain amino acid and is actually the most abundant protein in the body. You could call it the “glue” that holds us together. It makes our top spot because of its incredible benefits, think skin elasticity, hair strength, connective tissue integrity and it makes up 70% of the protein in your skin. Try incorporating more protein and amino acids into your diet, with foods like wild salmon, beef, and bone broth. For vegetarians sourcing amino acids adding eggs, avocados and pumpkin seeds all help your body to increase collagen production. 

Fatty acids are your friend
Choosing foods rich in fatty acids and balancing the ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 in your diet is vital for skin health. Omega 3’s are highly anti-inflammatory which slows signs of aging, sun damage and in some cases skin conditions like acne and rosacea. Cold water fatty fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and tuna are some of the best sources for omega-3. If you can’t stomach seafood, you can also take a high quality fish oil supplement or consume more nuts and seeds like flax. 

Low Glycemic vs. High Glycemic
Simply means eating foods that don’t cause large spikes in your blood sugar. This study used 43 males and saw improvement in acne after 12 weeks on a low-glycemic-load diet. Staying away from high- glycemic foods means not eating cakes, pastries, candies basically minimizing foods with high sugar content. Instead, choose low-glycemic options such as starchy vegetables, fruits and whole grains.

We hope these quick tips are useful and you incorporate them into your daily routine!