Skin doesn’t like dairy. Its true. There are many cases of dairy sensitivity or dairy allergies showing up on your skin in the form of acne, eczema, and Rosacea. As humans, we are not supposed to be eating or drinking large amounts of milk – especially cow’s milk. As one of our favorite biochemists, Ben Fuchs, would say: “Cow’s milk is for baby cows, not humans. Don’t drink cow’s milk unless you want to look like a cow.” Our bodies do not digest dairy easily. I’m not suggesting that you eliminate all dairy from your life – unless you have major skin issues because of it. I am advising that you cut down on the amount of dairy you consume daily to achieve clearer skin.
Some easy ways to cut down on Dairy:
- Forget the yogurt. It’s filled with sugar and not a health food.
- Stop drinking cow’s milk with breakfast or dinner. You get Vitamin D and Calcium from carrot juice, seafood, dark green leafy vegetables, seeds (like almonds), and more. You do not need to drink milk to get it. Milk companies want you to think so…but that’s marketing. Instead, try nut milk or coconut milk for your recipes. Almond milk is delicious and a great alternative for traditional milk drinkers.
- Cheese is delicious, but cutting down will help your skin stay clearer. Limit yourself to one serving a day. If you want to have pizza or raviolis for dinner, don’t add cheese to your salad or sandwich at lunch.
Here’s a great recipe for making your own Almond Milk at home. It will save you money and ensure you wont find unwanted ingredients like carrageen, sugar or preservatives.
They have a couple great ideas for sweetening or blending your almond milk. We like to add in vanilla (but use the extract only) or agave or honey to ours.
Skin Care BONUS:
- Dry the leftover almond meal and save it for your skin!
- Add the dried almond meal to a bit of honey and use it as a gentle facial scrub in the shower.