What you eat affects your skin - for better or for worse. Now you know why your skin felt a little off after a series of holiday parties or BBQs. A continuous poor diet would accelerate the aging process of your skin and teeth over time. What are some of the foods to avoid or to consume in moderation ?
Any excess sugar in your food would kickstart a process called glycation which would damage your skin's collagen. And as we already know, too much sweet stuff is also bad for your teeth, encouraging bacteria, decay and discoloration.
Too much alcohol will result in toxins building up in your liver which if not broken down properly will result in your skin developing a series of issues like acne, sallowness and wrinkles. Limit to 1 drink a day.
3) Processed meat
Think deli meat, sausage and bacon. Many of these meats have high levels of preservatives, which can trigger inflammation in the skin thus accelerating the appearance of aging. The high level of sodium in these processed meat will also make your skin look puffy. If you can't say goodbye to process meat, use in moderation and load up on your greens.
4) Spicy Food
This is a surprising aging food. As our blood vessels are more reactive during menopause, our skin is more prone to damage from eating spicy food. Menopausal women may find their skin looking blotchy and less youthful during this time. Order your food mild whenever possible.
Another surprising find. All citrus wears away your enamel, but lemons are the worst of the lot. Lemon juice creates the most dental damage. Add sugar into the equation and you have enamel wear from the acid and plaque buidup from the sugar, creating stains and decay. Sip from a straw to avoid contact with teeth.
Anything caffeinated can make you excrete fluid and deplete your body of moisture. Anything dehydrating your body would dehydrate your skin too, resulting in dull aged skin. Limit your java to 1-2 cups a day.
7) Trans Fat
The trans fat found in our food can promote inflammation which is bad news for the skin. It will also make you more vulnerable to UV damage which is the number one cause of aging.