Being on a diet has become a lifestyle for many women; and some would say a badge of honor for their perseverance and discipline. While we applaud and celebrate everyone who has managed to lose weight through eating right and working out, it is important to be kind to those at the other end of the spectrum: constantly battling with food despite being of an acceptable weight, fear of getting fat and undereating.
Part 3 of our undereating series look at the effects dieting can have on our skin and how to love our skin while shedding some pounds. Remember to check out Part 1: What is Undereating, and Part 2: The 7 Effects of Undereating if you have not!
As in the previous posts, undereating not only reverses and acts against any efforts to lose more weight - it also has severe negative effects on both our mental and physical health. It is always important to be mindful of your health in the long-run and seek professional advice on the best way to lose weight for your current health conditions and intended weight goals.
Dieting can lead to dull, tired looking skin – but fret not! We have some tips to keep your skin looking radiant and healthy even while you lose them pounds:
1. Use Skin Care Products with Vitamins, Minerals & Active Ingredients
A diet restricts food to reduce calorie intake – and therefore limiting nutrients for the body. Your body has many functions – all of which require energy and nutrients to carry out. Hence, your body now has less energy to go around – leading to a reduction in skin metabolism.
Skin metabolism is the biological process that occur amongst the epidermal and dermal cells to regulate the rate of cell turnover and collagen production. It also repairs any damage that occurs due to UV exposure or ageing. Without sufficient nutrition, your skin becomes dry and dry, and may even experience signs of premature ageing! It is therefore of utmost importance that you use the right skin care products to nourish your skin to keep your complexion looking great.
The 96 Intensive Hydrating Cream refreshes the skin and provides an optimum short and long-term supply of moisture to ensure your skin remains hydrated without becoming oily. Vitamin A is used to assist the skin’s activity and stimulate cell renewal to prevent premature ageing. Anti-ageing antioxidants in Vitamin E is also used to protect your skin from oxidative stress and improve skin health so you’re your skin looks naturally bright and radiant.
2. Protect Your Skin from Cellulite and Stretch Marks
The appearance of cellulite and stretch marks occur naturally in most women – and especially so after drastic weight loss. Cellulite refers to the appearance of bumpy and dimpled skin on areas like the abdomen, hips, thighs and buttocks. Caused by hormonal changes, genetics, weight loss, a poor diet and other factors, cellulite and stretch marks are uncomfortable problems for many women.
Focus on muscle toning exercises that include High Intensity Interval Training and light weight training to firm up the skin and reduce signs of cellulite. Research has also shown that quitting smoking, nutritious food and external products and treatments can reduce the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks.
L’Essenza’s signature Detoxifying Seasalt Body Scrub Treatment and Warm Dead Sea Mud Therapy is an excellent duo to brighten and hydrate your skin, while reducing the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks. The Sea Salt used contains high concentrations of minerals and trace elements – thus restoring moisture to the skin while detoxifying the body from within. The manual movements and absorption of the sea salt’s minerals help toxins leave the body via the blood stream through sweat and urine. In addition, dead skin cells are eliminated - resulting in supple, glowing skin with a lighter appearance of stretch marks.
The Dead Sea Mud is then applied to reduce water retention and thoroughly cleanse your pores. Blood circulation is improved – leading to skin cell renewal and a more youthful appearance. Joint inflammation, muscle aches and bruises are also reduced.
The Maria Galland 401 Essence Anti-Cellulite has been specifically developed to reduce the symptoms of cellulite, and to smooth and improve the overall appearance of the skin. Containing Phyto Extract, the volume of existing fat cells is reduced to combat signs of cellulite. Algae Extract, rich in oligopeptides, minerals and proteins, is used to improve microcirculation, thus reducing the uneven appearance of the skin. It stimulates collagen and elastin production so that skin firmness is improved and reduces stretch marks.
Acne caused by weight loss is likely due to the hormonal changes that result from the calorie reduction and change in nutrition. It is thus important to take care of the skin if this happens to prevent acne and the subsequent scarring that can happen.
By cutting out certain food groups or reducing food intake, your body will not have all the nutrition it needs – it is thus always important to focus on whole foods that are healthy. Also, do not be afraid to have cheat-days to boost your body’s metabolism, reduce cravings and boost your diet results. Remember, everything in moderation ;)
It is also important to deep-cleanse and detox your skin to improve the skin’s complexion and reduce acne. L’Essenza’s latest deep-cleansing treatment, the Skin Detox Treatment, contains Vitamin B6, Papaya Complex, Horseradish Tree Extract, Fruit Acid Extract and Enzymes to boost your skin with nutrition. The active ingredients used not only eliminate toxins on the skin’s surface, it also thoroughly deep-cleanses your skin from within and imbue it with all the right nutrition.
We covered 3 ways to love and protect your skin while being on a diet today. Remember, don’t be restricted by societal expectations of how you should look and fit into clothes – at the end of the day, your happiness is determined only by yourself. You do you, girl!