Four foods your skin hates
There’s a no-go zone in the centre of bh HQ right now. Here you’ll find biscuits, chocolates, potato chips, lollies – you name it. We call it a treat desk (perhaps because diabetes-waiting-to-happen-desk doesn’t have the same ring to it), and I’m trying my best to avoid it.
Why? Because that instant hit of joy on the tongue could actually be storing up pretty some unpleasant side-effects for my skin, including sagginess, dehydration and wrinkles. I’ve been trying to eat better for my complexion’s sake for some time now, but I’ve struggled to get the motivation to really make the change.
This is why I did some research on just why I should be cutting down on sugar, and found a few other foods my skin would love me to ditch in the process.
Four foods your skin hates
1) Sugary lollies and cakes
Something that tastes and looks that good has to have a downside, right? And when it comes to your skin, the downside of sugar is huge. Scientists have recently established a direct link between high blood sugar levels and looking older. This is down to a process caused by sugar called glycation, which reduces the effectiveness of collagen and elastin, leading to saggier, more wrinkle-prone skin. And, in worse news, simply cutting out the obvious culprits such as sugar in tea and coffee won’t substantially reduce your intake of the sweet stuff. Experts recommend seriously reducing the amount of cakes, biscuits and white bread you eat, too.
2) Salty snacks
Ever noticed how your dehydration levels hit desert proportions when you’ve had a day eating lots of salted potato chips and processed meats? Imagine, then, how thirsty your skin must be. High levels of sodium cause the body to retain water, which can lead to bloating, puffy skin and even under-eye bags. Our tip: cut down on the processed foods and always check food labels for hidden added salt
Aside from the ‘I’m a zombie from planet hangover’ look that drinking one too many causes, alcohol can irritate skin conditions such as acne and rosacea. Also, long-term alcohol consumption can lead to wrinkles because it dehydrates the skin and can deplete vitamin A, which assists in cell renewal. Moderation is key here if you want to avoid a cocktail of dull skin, blotchiness and premature ageing.
Before you rush to pour all the milk in your fridge down the kitchen sink, it’s important to acknowledge that the white stuff does have health benefits, especially as a source of calcium for growing kids and teenagers. However, dermatologists have shown that hormones in milk and milk products stimulate the oil glands that cause acne. So, if you do struggle with acne-prone skin, it’s worth looking at swapping out dairy products for alternatives such as soy or rice milk.
Have you tried ditching any of the foods above to improve your skin? What are your diet tips for a youthful, healthy complexion?
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