In 2016 I decided to heal my gut on the #whole30 ‘diet’ when I stumbled on the #itstartswithfood book. That is I eliminated all the culprit foods: gluten, dairy, soy, grains, sugar...for 30 days.
It was tough at first but overall I got loads of energy from it. Though I found I was eating too much meat. I’m happiest when I only eat meat once a day, and my skin is best then too.
This still somewhat resembles how I eat today, with my plate over 60% veggies (raw and cooked), no gluten, no dairy, no soy except for the occasional sushi night, low sugar, and little to no grains.
Ironically, this was also around the time I started my jojoba oil skincare experiment.
So though I was eating super clean, my skin was becoming more and more congested with tiny colourless bumps.
What some health people will tell you is that your body is ‘just detoxing’ from your terrible prior lifestyle.
But what sanity will show you, is that your body detoxes every single day on the toilet. It doesn’t hold onto toxins — because that would be deadly.
The context here shows that eating clean while having a terrible skincare routine doesn’t work for clear skin.
That is, skincare matters.
It’s like if you stopped brushing your teeth just because the food you eat is super healthy...Your oral health would suffer despite all the awesome nutrition your body is getting.
Because, like your teeth (that deal with food), your skin deals with environmental stressors...external things like dust, dirt, pollution, and the SUN.
That means your skin needs to be cleaned, healed, and protected from the accumulation of these things on its surface — because though your body doesn’t accumulate toxins, it CAN accumulate dirt and impurities and excess sebum and dead skin cells that then create a congested, rough, shell over your skin.
The rough shell won’t allow sebum to flow unobstructed, and will lead to increased breakouts.
A good skincare routine will yield clear, glowy, healthy skin.
If your skin isn’t clear and glowy, then before adjusting your diet, I would adjust your skincare.