Summer is here! At Austin Skin Plus we can feel the excitement that summer has arrived! Summer is filled with days at the pool (Don’t forget to wear your SPF!), grabbing a bite to eat with friends, taking the time to travel, and celebrating graduations. This means eating out more, and making it harder to stick to the food restrictions your Skin Coach STRONGLY advises you to follow. You’re trying to balance between avoiding a breakout from food and enjoying time with friends and family. What do you do?!

Here are 9 tips for eating out this summer & keeping clear skin:

1.If you can, look at the menu before you go to a restaurant. Look for the dairy-free, low sodium, minimally processed options. Choose 2 to 3 items from the menu you can eat, so you have a few options when you show up depending on what you’re in the mood for. 

2. If you opt for a salad, sandwich or burger, ask for no cheese. Wondering why you should avoid cheese? Pop on over to our blog “3 Reasons to Avoid Dairy.”. Also, check out Go Dairy Free’s Restaurant Recommendations and Fast Food Guide for dairy-free options.

3. Beware of salad dressings. Many contain added sugar. If you choose a salad, ask for olive oil & vinegar or lemons for your dressing.

4. If you and your friends or family are deciding on a restaurant, give your input. Recommend restaurants you know offer dairy-free options or minimally processed food. There are so many great restaurant options in Austin that have high quality, locally sourced ingredients. Some local Austin recommendations are: Picnik, Flower Child, Hopdoddy, Via 313, Bouldin Creek Cafe.

5. Avoid ordering a sugary drink. Instead think about ordering water, unsweetened tea, sparkling water, or an iced coffee with dairy-free milk.

6. Eat a light, healthy snack before you go out to eat to avoid overeating and indulging. Let’s be honest, if you show up to a restaurant famished, you have less self-control in choosing a healthy meal.

7. Sometimes you have to live a little, so if you decide to have dessert, choose a dairy-free option and share with the whole table. That way you only have a few bites and don’t over do it with the sugar.

8. It seems like everyone these days has some type of dietary restriction, so don’t be afraid to ask your waiter about the ingredients on the menu, and what the dairy-free, low sodium options are. Many restaurants today are very accommodating. 

9. Avoid fried food if you can. Many fried foods are heavy on the salt, and if you have acne-prone skin, you want to avoid the infamous inflammation from sodium. 

Try not to overthink it. Do the best you can with your options. Let’s not forget stress is an acne trigger. Enjoy your summer and send us any recommendations for food or restaurant options in Austin!

Carly @ Austin Skin Plus