Is What You’re Eating Causing you to Age?

For all our skincare and makeup fans out there, there is an often unspoken truth in the beauty industry that needs to be discussed. Though it’s not revolutionary, it seems to go under the radar in our quest for unblemished, glowing skin. Are you ready? 

You need to eat better. 

There, it’s been said. 

Underscoring the importance of our internal state doesn’t help anyone achieve healthy skin, it only intensifies the issue. Our skin’s appearance is tightly woven with the foods and beverages we choose. Food is integral to our bodies’ functioning and what we choose to put in them will determine whether we thrive or wither. 

In a nutshell, cells absorb the food we eat and use that energy to carry out specific functions in our body, one of them being skin repair and restoration. If we are giving our cells low-quality nutrients, depriving them of nutrients, or overloading them with potentially toxic substances, we are weakening our cell’s ability to perform their job. 

Maintaining a healthy diet can be much more difficult in this day of readily accessible processed foods and conflicting nutritional advice.  So while there are plenty of foods that might hurt our skin but they may not be the ones you’re thinking. 

There are a number of potential clues for your skin woes, but certain foods could still have the potential to be aggravating your skin concerns. Below are a few common culprits.

Salt

Ever wake up feeling a little puffy around the eyes? Too much salt can cause some of us to retain water. Because the skin around the eyes is so thin, he explains, the area swells easily — and leaves you cursing last night’s popcorn when you catch your reflection the next morning.

Excess sodium dehydrates your skin leaving it drier and more prone to irritation and inflammation. 

Sugar

Sugar is on the wanted list for over health perpetrators.  Sugar can wreck your skin from the inside out acting a dehydrator and testosterone producer.  High blood sugar can weaken the skin by affecting tissues like collagen, and leave you more vulnerable to lines and wrinkles. Not to mention that food with a high glycemic index, like white bread, candies, soda, and cake, can trigger hormones that prompt your body to create more oil. 

On the upside, this means that there isn’t anything particular to chocolate, a rumored breakout culprit, that’s giving you trouble, but the high sugar content of that sweet treat. A good choice is to opt for dark chocolate since they are usually lower in sugar and higher in antioxidants. 

Alcohol 

Alcohol is a natural diuretic, which means the more you drink, the more dehydrated you become. It saps the natural moisture from your skin as well, which can make those wrinkles and fine lines look more pronounced. 

Aside from leaving you parched alcohol triggers inflammation all over the body. It creates a histamine reaction that leaves you red and flushed. The alcohol is generally out of your system within a day or two, and though your body will recover from a night out, prolonged bouts of drinking can leave you with an overall puffy, red, and unhealthy appearance. 

Dairy

Some dairy products may contribute to skin problems. While there are multiple theories as to why milk affects acne the most commons ones revolve around hormones and lactose. Cow’s milk is filled with proteins that stimulate growth and hormones that have been shown to trigger breakouts. Additionally, the added hormones from the cow’s milk can influence our own endocrine system and thus further signal for a breakout. 

The second reason blames the lactose, or the natural sugar present in milk, as one reason for breakouts. Did you know that most people, 65% to be exact, are lactose intolerant? And for the rest of us, humans just don’t break down lactose easily after infancy. Some studies have indicated that these sensitivities could be the reason for acne breakouts. 

 

 

If you’re like us, reading this list sparked some despair. It seems like every food out there carries one of these ingredients. So what to do? It’s best to stick to the easiest (in theory) nutrition advice out there. Eat a balanced diet of whole foods, drink lots of water, and get some exercise. Those steps alone can have a significant impact on your skin’s appearance and health.  

Some people might find that of the previously mentioned list that some are particularly irritating while others have no reaction within their skin. The best options are to limit potentially harmful ingredients and take note of what your skin reacts to best and adjust your diet accordingly. 

 

 References:https://www.healthline.com/health/dairy-and-acne#how-dairy-affects-skin
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4106357/
https://www.thecut.com/2016/04/sugar-skin-face-beauty.html

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