7 skin damaging foods to avoid
If you are like most of us, you would be unaware of the consequences of unhealthy foods on our skin. Many people believe that whatever we eat has a direct impact on our health, but does it makes any difference to our skin? Yes, of course. Various studies reveal the secret of beautiful skin that can be achieved by avoiding certain skin damaging foods that we eat unknowingly. Let’s take a look at how certain unhealthy foods may ruin your looks.
Sugar = Collagen damage
Eating foods rich in sugar may increase your blood sugar level which affects the tissues of the skin like collagen. Excessive sugar is known to induce a process called glycosylation, in which the sugar gets attached to the protein molecules and obstruct its functioning. Since collagen constitutes largely of proteins, it gets affected causing much damage to skin. As a consequence you will see more wrinkles and fine lines.
Salt = Swelling and loss in skin elasticity
High concentration of salt in food may contribute to water retention. Studies show that excessive salt tends to draw water from skin cells which cause swollen tissues. This is probably the only reason why you wake up with puffy eyes after consuming salted popcorn in the previous night. Swollen skin may further lead to irreparable damage like loss in elasticity.
Refined carbohydrates = Clogged pores and acne
It is always better to keep away from foods made of refined carbohydrates not only to maintain a healthy weight but also for a problem free skin. Foods like pasta, breads, processed food including refined sugar should be completely avoided. Such foods increase the stress hormone cortisol and make your skin prone to breakouts. Moreover, excessive consumption of refined carbohydrates amplifies the production of male hormone androgen’s in the body which may result in increased production of sebum. This is another reason for clogged pores and acne.
Fats = Skin damage
Though all fats are not bad for our skin but those coming from refined carbs and sugars definitely have negative effect on it causing various disorders. Since the deposited fat inhibits the supply of oxygen to the skin cells, it may cause damage to the skin. Skin tissues need oxygen for its proper functioning and boost collagen and elastin. Thus deposition of excessive fats in skin tissues may be the precursor for damaged skin, fine lines and wrinkles. Although there are certain essential fatty acids like omega 3 fatty acids which are considered beneficial for skin and overall health.
Alcohol = Skin dehydration
We are well aware of the fact that alcohol acts a natural diuretic that means it leaves you dehydrated. It has a same effect on your skin too, that is the more you drink the more it draws water from your skin. Apart from causing dry skin, fine lines and wrinkles it can also triggers skin disorders like outbreaks, rosacea and broken capillaries. It also dilates blood vessels present on skin causing inflammation and skin damage. Moreover, excessive alcohol is bad for your health too, so now you have more than one reason to avoid it.
Caffeine and sodas = skin rashes and acne
If you have a tendency to sip coffee often, you may face skin dehydration, rashes and other skin problems. Though the effect of caffeine on our skin is controversial, there are some evidences that prove that drinking 4-7 cups of coffee per day may cause diuretic effect on your body. This leaves your skin dehydrated and prone to damage. It is also related with worsening of already existing acne. Moreover, it may have toxic effect on liver leading to breakouts. Beverages containing sodas are also high in sugars, caffeine and artificial sweeteners that may bring similar skin problems. Besides, sodas also contain a preservative known as sodium benzoate, causing skin rashes in many.
Dairy = Acne
High consumption of dairy products especially milk may contribute to a number of skin problems including acne. A recent research revealed that consuming milk; specifically skim milk may lead to acne breakout. The reason behind this is skim milk is high in a bio-available hormone (that are not absorbed by its surrounding fat) may stimulate glands that produce oil in our skin. Overproduction of this natural oil may cause acne and other related problems. Although yoghurt may be used among dairy products, as it does not have any damaging effect on skin.
Julia Taylor is a blogger for SkinTagFree who contributes her knowledge on various skin care issues. Actively attending affiliated seminars and networking events in the world of beauty.