Dark circles, under-eye bags, white spots, and acne, these are all your skin’s worst nightmare. And if you suffer from any of these things, you may be surprised to know the saying you are what you eat, may be playing out in full effect here. The new term coined “dairy face”, refers to your skin’s reaction to eating any dairy products. Apparently our western like diets, are often the culprit to our struggle with our skin. According to practitioners of naturopathic medicine, like Dr. Nigma Talib, who perform “face readings”, ” she sees a lot of “dairy face, wine face and gluten face.” The effects of these things in our system show up in ways we most often don’t find attractive. Simply put our bodies are sometimes more sensitive to the food we ingest than others.
Dairy specifically creates more sebum in the skin, and the hormones in the milk can cause inflammation and pre-mature breakdown of your skin cells. In Dr. Nigma’s new book, Reverse the Signs of Aging, she discusses her theory of “eating for beauty”, and she motivates you to learn which foods causes your skin to react in ways that aren’t pleasing.
You may have heard someone saying as they’ve gotten older they can’t seem to tolerate lactose as well as they did as a child. Well this is because as we age the enzymes in our bodies that help with the digestion of dairy products decrease causing your body to produce inflammation inducing chemicals. According to Dr. Nigma the best way to combat this is by cleaning up your gut. You can do this by eating foods rich in Vitamin A, such as eggs, liver and carrots, as well as Vitamin E, found in nuts and leafy vegetables.
To take it a step further, you could opt out of dairy all together. This may sound alarming, but it really isn’t as necessary to keep dairy in your diet as you might think. Women are said to need about 1000 mg of calcium per day. This can be achieved through foods like fish, beans, figs, collard greens, kale, soybeans, spinach, and hummus, among many other options.