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What Does a Keto Diet Do For Your Skin?

What Does a Keto Diet Do For Your Skin?

Sounds weird; cut the carbs, eat more fat and protein - lose weight and get better skin?! Well, ketogenic diets are increasingly popular because of their promise to treat a number of diseases and promote weight loss. To you and me, it seems counterintuitive to eat more fats and less carbs for clearer skin, but according to dermatologist Jennifer Gordon, MD, that’s exactly how keto may help improve your complexion. But, thats provided you’re cutting back on the right carbs and upping your intake of the right fats. By eliminating simple carbohydrates in particular, you’re targeting the body’s excess inflammation — which is a huge promoter of acne. “It’s usually simple carbohydrates that create inflammation,” she says. “When you lower inflammation in the body, you can see this in your skin as feeling more radiant, less red, and less congested.”

Lets Dig a Bit Deeper.

Omega-3 fatty acids have many benefits both hair and skin, Dr. Gordon points out. “There are always people who worry that eating too much fat gives you acne,” she says. “This is actually untrue.” But don’t think that means you can go and smash the junk food. It is important to be increasing healthy-fat intake (especially sources of omega-3s, such as salmon and walnuts) may help soothe dry, itchy, scaly skin. Sharp also adds that avoiding omega-6 fats, such as vegetable oils, has been associated with improvements in inflammatory acne.

Whilst the keto diet has the potential to clear up acne, this benefit cannot be guaranteed. After all, everyone’s skin is different. So, instead of trying keto to make your skin glow, Gordon suggests making simpler lifestyle changes, such as making sure you’re drinking enough water, avoiding highly saturated “bad” fats (think butter, margarine, and fatty meats, such as pork), and cutting down on simple carbs (like white bread, white pasta, cookies, and cake).

 

So, Should You Do It?

Whatever your intentions for doing keto, make sure to consult your doctor because the keto diet can pose dangers for certain people. Notably, while some people with type 2 diabetes may indeed benefit from the diet, keto isn’t for everyone. The concentration on protein, for example, may negatively affect people with kidney damage. According to the Mayo Clinic, a dysfunctional kidney would have a hard time digesting protein compounds. Others who may want to avoid the ketogenic diet include expecting mothers, young children, and people on certain kinds of medication.

 

Ultimately, if you’re hoping to use keto to help clear your skin, talk to your doctor and dermatologist before trying it out to see if it’s safe for you. 

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7 Tips to Reduce Stress Eating

7 Tips to Reduce Stress Eating

Stress eating entails turning to food as a means of coping with stressful stimuli, finding comfort or relief, or rewarding ourselves, and it is actually a very common behaviour that many people struggle to get control of. 


Reaching for another slice of pizza or topping up that last glass of red when you are strung out may be more common than you realise, but unfortunately, this eating habit does not pay off and is often accompanied by feelings of shame and/or guilt. 


That said, here is your guide to the 7 most important things you can do to help ease the temptation of stress eating.

  1. Remove Temptations

The number one thing you can do to help curve your stress eating habits is to remove temptations


This can mean keeping snack foods stored out of sight, or swapping them out for mostly healthy choices. Keeping junk food within your line of sight makes it that much easier for the idea to get planted in your mind, so simply shifting some things around may make a difference. 

On the other hand, keeping healthy foods within arms’ reach or within eyesight might work in your favor. 

When you first start learning to combat stress eating, you may still find yourself searching for a snack sometimes, and that’s okay. That being said, if the first snack you see is a healthy one, the associated feelings of shame and guilt may be lessened when you give in.


  1. Do Not Restrict Yourself

One of the absolute most important things you can do for your body and mind is to make sure that you are not restricting yourself and depriving your body of food when you are hungry. Taking on an extremely restrictive diet in order to compensate for periods of stress eating usually just results in a binge when the restriction ends, and this cycle continues such that no real changes are made. 

Instead, you should focus on balance. Aim to eat healthy, balanced meals 70% of the time, and then have some snacks or treat-foods 30% of the time. 


  1. Maintain a Regular Meal Schedule

Maintaining a regular, balanced meal schedule, whatever that looks like for you, can be a big help when it comes to overeating. 

Sticking to your normal eating schedule can help you maintain control and a sense of normalcy even when other aspects of your life become overwhelming.


  1. Move Your Body

Making time each day for physical activity can distract you from the temptations of stress eating. Not only that, but physical activity itself also reduces stress, which may in turn help reduce the feeling that you need to eat to cope with any stress you are experiencing. Even if you do not make it all the way to the gym, doing a 30-minute workout in the comfort of your own home is sufficient. 

Supporting your body after working out is also an important part of self-care. So, if you regularly engage in strenuous workouts, or plan on doing so, it is a good idea to plan for muscle recovery, too. A good hit of protein (whey, hydrolysed collagen peptides, pea or whatever the source. Check out these protein myths over at Livestrong

 
  1. Drink Enough Water

Staying hydrated throughout the day may also help keep you from stress eating. Proper hydration supports your overall health and wellbeing, and it may, at times, help you feel fuller and differentiate between physical and emotional hunger. 


  1. Choose Filling Foods

Opting foods that are more filling and have higher nutritional value can help with stress eating. The best kinds of foods to reach for are those that are high in protein, fiber, and healthy fats, as these will help keep you full which may reduce the appeal of stress eating. 

It may be helpful to keep a food diary while you make use of this tip so that you can track which foods seem to be most beneficial in your specific case, and which foods do not seem to help you at all. Finding some new favorite foods that are filling and nutritious can make it easier to stop automatically reaching for junk.


  1. Check in With Yourself

Checking in with yourself is crucial to your overall health and wellbeing, and can be a huge part of moving away from stress eating, too. 

When cravings are hitting, or just as you see fit, take a moment to pause and look inwards. How are you feeling? What is going on in your life right now that is making you feel stressed or overwhelmed? What are some easy steps you can take towards completing stressful projects, or what are a few small things that you can do to become more organised? What are your emotions looking like? 

Checking in with yourself can look different for you than it does for someone else, because the truth is that self-care comes in different shapes and sizes. When you need to take a step back, do so in a way that brings you comfort. 

Supporting your body in these different ways can contribute to less stress overall.


The Bottom Line:

Stress eating is when a person turns to food as a way of coping or managing stressful, overwhelming experiences. It is a habit that plenty of people face, and you are certainly not alone in trying to find other ways to cope. 

It is possible to get a handle on this eating habit, and it mostly comes down to turning to other strategies of coping with stress, and finding ways to avoid automatically reaching for snacks during high pressure times. 

Following tips like removing temptations from your line of sight, making sure you stay hydrated, and getting regular exercise can help prevent stress eating by offering distractions and working to reduce the likelihood and ease of you grabbing a snack each time you are stressed out.

By starting to incorporate some of these seven tips into your life, you may be able to change your eating habits for the better and find healthier, more productive ways of managing your stress.

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Real Men Wear Pink (Masks)!

Real Men Wear Pink (Masks)!

There is still some weird stigma about men using masks to help fix and maintain their skin. Even more concerning is the belief that just because something is pink means that it is not 'manly'.

 

Clay masks have the potential to absorb oil from your skin and prevent mild forms of acne, such as pimples, blackheads , and whiteheads. These types of acne form when your pores are clogged with excessive dirt and oil. The heat helps increase perspiration and the amount of oil and dirt your skin releases.

 

An Australian pink clay mask  have become popularised recently. Whether it’s used for tightening pores, cleansing, and detoxifying skin, reducing inflammation or preventing breakouts, Australian pink clay has many benefits for your skin and there are no doubts on why it's taking the world by storm. It works by drawing out impurities, toxins and pollutants, and oils that clog the pores. Used regularly, it will help keep your pores clean and prevent breakouts - and you only need to leave it on for 10 minutes to work its magic (but we recommend 15-20 mins).

Pink clay is a form of kaolin clay and is a combination of white clay and red clay, safe for all types of sensitive skin!

 

Red kaolin clay is great for very oily skin while white kaolin clay is the opposite and is mild on the skin. Therefore, pink clay is the perfect combination of both these clays. Pink clay helps to restore and replenish skin with moisture while also drawing out impurities. It is safe for sensitive skin but still delivers amazing results, almost instantly.

 

Pink Kaolin Clay is rich in silica, which will help to improve skin elasticity and cell renewal for vibrant, younger-looking skin. Silica also works as a natural anti-inflammatory substance that assists with retaining moisture. As well as silica, Pink clay is also rich in minerals such as kaolinite and calcite. An Australian pink clay mask is a one-stop-shop for a brighter, clearer complexion that results in a fresh and healthy glow.

 

The huge advantage of pink clay masks is that they can produce instant results with the very first application.  So, if you are anticipating an important event or a date, this mask will help you look your best in a short period of time. However, as with any instant results, the glowing effect won’t last forever.  You will need to use a clay mask on a regular basis for permanent or prolonged results (we recommend 1-2 times per week for best results).

Pink clay masks are very easy to prepare.  All you have to do is to dissolve appropriate amount of clay in water, walk around for 15 minutes and as a result you will have radiant and glowing skin.

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