The state of your skin will reflect what you eat. Some foods are good for your skin, giving it the nutrients that it needs, making it look smooth, radiant and young. While some foods can cause you to have bad skin, leading to premature aging, tired looking skin or even break outs!
Let’s look at some of these foods that contribute to bad skin:
1. Caffeine – Caffeine is present in beverages like coffee, tea, hot chocolate and colas. It makes your skin look tired, dull and aged. Caffeine also reduces the moisture level of your skin. Our dermal layers need fluids to replenish cells and maintain healthy cell growth. Hence, you should try to cut down on caffinated beverages as much is you can to achieve a healthy, glowing skin.
2. Processed Foods – The consumption of processed foods does not just affect the appearance of your skin but is harmful to your body as a whole. Due to processing, foods lose most of their important nutrients and thus may not be able to provide our body with the vital nutrients it needs to function effectively. More importantly, preservatives, artificial food colors and other chemical additives, which are added during processing, may cause allergic reactions and other skin problems.
3. Oily and fatty foods – Foods that contain huge amounts of saturated fats, trans fats and hydrogenated oil are bad for the skin. When these bad fats are subjected to heat from cooking, it may release toxins or free radicals. Free radicals are one of the many causes of aging. Thus, consumption of foods packed with bad fats will increase the risks of skin break outs.
4. Alcohol – Alcohol is bad for your liver, which is like your filter system. By drinking alcohol, you will increase the chances of damaging your liver, and deprive your skin of receiving its necessary nutrients. Hence, regular consumption will result in tired looking skin. Not only that, alcohol dehydrates your skin, making it dry and irritated. It also dilates the capillaries, making fine blood vessels visible. This is why heavy drinkers tend to look red and if drinking is not controlled, the capillaries will remain dilated.
5. Salt – Salt causes tissues to swell, and the subsequent deflating results in reduced elasticity for your skin. This is why salt is known for causing water retention and you should avoid eating salty foods late at night to prevent getting your face all puffed up the following morning.
6. High Glycemic Index Foods – Foods that are high GI includes white rice, white bread, baked potato and most desserts. High GI foods are easily digested and readily converted into sugar or glucose. Such high levels of glucose in the blood can trigger several hormonal activities which may cause acne. Also, sugar molecules attach readily to collagen. This results in collagen depletion which will cause your skin to lose its elasticity eventually lead to premature aging.
After looking at what bad foods can do to your skin, you may want to start watching what you put into your mouth. You will feel healthier and see the positive changes in your skin!