We all have our routines for maintaining a clear healthy skin, but how sure are we that the routine is right for our skin?

First, we need to acknowledge that we live in a pressure filled time, we are all living in an era where having perfectly clear and flawless skin is a trend that litters anybody’s social media timeline. These encourage the influx of all sorts of products into the beauty market and we are more than ever forced to make insane buying decisions.

Let’s talk about skin care routines for a bit. A good skin-care routine should encompass these three things, Cleansing- Washing your face; Toning- Balancing the skin and Moisturizing– Hydrating and softening the skin.

While beauty and skin care products are great, it would be nice to note, no matter your routine, you are what you eat.

This in my opinion should be the number one beauty rule. For clear skin, shiny hair  and a healthy glow, eat healthy nutritionally balanced meals. Naturally gorgeous skin often starts with your diet.

According to Dr. Jessica Wu dermatologist and creator of Dr. Jessica Wu Skincare, who’s written her own guide to eating for beauty, ‘Feed Your Face’. “Foods get digested and broken down into vitamins, minerals and amino acids that your body can use to build healthy skin. If you crash diet or eat highly processed foods, your skin won’t be as strong and supple as it could be. For example, if you don’t eat enough protein, you are depriving your skin of the amino acids that go into making collagen (which makes your skin strong) and elastic tissue (which makes it supple).”

According to Dr. Wu, protein bars are one of the biggest beauty offenders. “Protein bars are essentially a candy bar,” she warns, “The sugar will quickly get into your bloodstream, making your insulin levels spike, which can aggravate acne, wrinkles and rashes. If you need a quick, portable snack in the middle of the day or after a workout, it’s better to have a handful of almonds and a piece of whole fruit. You’ll be eating better for your skin, and you’ll feel more satisfied.” Your skin needs the right balance of nutrients to do its job.

Next time you’re at that beauty store, thinking of buying a new product, remember the number one beauty routine is to eat healthy.

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