How your diet shows up on your face
Question: Can your face reveal what's going on in your digestive system?
Answer: Yes, according to practitioners of naturopathic medicine, like Dr. Nigma Talib, who performed "face readings" at a recent launch event for Charlotte Tilbury's makeup line. Talib studies the skin to determine underlying health issues and says she sees a lot of "dairy face, wine face and gluten face," or hormonal imbalances in the gut which show up in the form of bloating and dark circles (dairy), dehydration, pronounced lines and redness (wine) and all-over puffiness (gluten). Dr. Francesca Fusco, a New York City dermatologist, sees all of these in her practice, in addition to salt sensitivity.
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"Some individuals are more sensitive to foods/ingredients than others and it can manifest as dryness, lines, sallowness and dullness," she says. "Redness is common among those sensitive to foods high in histamines, and more commonly, swelling-I remind my patients not to ingest salty foods at least 24 hours prior to fillers." And while we've all woken up with dark circles after a late night drinking wine-and probably didn't look so hot the day after Thanksgiving dinner, either-it's when these symptoms become chronic that you want to consider seeing a nutritionist for blood work and food intolerance tests.
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