When our skin isn’t doing so well, our first thought tends to be: “What can I put on it to fix this?!” We tend to forget that a gorgeous complexion, even if it is only skin-deep, also starts on the inside. But after all, our skin is the biggest organ in our body. So doesn’t it make sense that a healthy body makes for good skin? Here’s how common foods are really affecting your skin.
We know this isn’t very fun to hear, but, after the sun, sugar is probably your skin’s worst enemy. Eeks. That’s because sugar – especially white, highly refined sugar – causes inflammation in the body. Too much inflammation does a bunch of bad stuff for your body, and when it comes to your skin, it actually creates an enzyme that breaks down collagen and elastin. Yup, all the stuff your expensive skincare creams are trying so hard to boost. Of course, our bodies naturally need sugars to create energy, so don’t freak out and decide to cut out sugars entirely. That being said, the thing that makes sugars so dangerous is how excessively we consume it. Food for thought?
Downing lots of milk night and day might have been okay as a kid, but now that you’re all grown up, all that milk (and milk tea and milky coffees and cream and cheese and ice cream) actually not be good for your skin. Because of – you guessed it – inflammation. Lactose intolerance is more common in adults, and it’s common to become more sensitive to dairy as you get older. If it makes you feel any better, the worst kind of milk to drink is skim milk, because it replaces the natural fat content of milk with sugars. Best to stick to whole, or non-dairy alternatives!
Deep fried foods
We’ve all heard our moms tell us about this one. Too much oily and fried food will cause a breakout! Turns out… mom is right… as always. But did you also know that another really common ingredient that’s coming between you and your crystal clear complexion is…
Salt causes us to retain water, which causes puffy skin and swelling. If you are prone to breakouts, that’s bad news because the swelling could slowing down your skin’s natural healing process, taking you longer to get over a flare up of acne. French fries – good for the soul, but not for the skin 🙁
While resveratrol, an ingredient found in grapes, is great for the skin, drinking too much of your favourite wine isn’t quite as skin-friendly. That’s because alcohol is a natural diuretic (that’s why you have to pee so much!), which ends up leaving you dehydrated after an intense drinking session. Worse is if you’re always drinking beer or sweet cocktails, because not only are you consuming alcohol, but also large amounts of sugar. There’s no reason not to have fun, just remember to switch between alcohol and water when you hit the bar, and limit the number of high-sugar drinks you have, too.
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