While there are foods we can eat that will help support our skin, there are also some choices that are not so great.
Now, I’m not suggesting you swear off your favorite snacks and sweets forever!
By all means, enjoy the occasional treat.
Just make sure you’re eating a balanced diet comprised mostly of the nutrient-rich good stuff to support your natural beauty!
This is especially important for aging skin, which has a tougher time maintaining firmness and elasticity.
Let’s take a look at some of the food items that should be dietary visitors rather than permanent residents!
Soda, or pop (depending on where you reside), is full of sugar.
Stick to good ol’ water as your drink of choice – especially if it’s infused with vitamin-rich fruit – or refreshing unsweetened iced tea.
- Artificial ingredients and lots of sugar break down collagen and skin firmness
You don’t have to shun happy hour – just enjoy in moderation.
Also, make sure you’re drinking enough water by following the “every other” rule: each time you have an alcoholic drink, follow it up with one glass of water.
- Can have a diuretic effect, which means it depletes moisture, making skin look sunken, saggy, and dull
Enjoy the occasional treat rather than eating sweet stuff on the reg.
- Lots of sugar creates inflammation, redness, blemishes, and loss of collagen and elastin
You’ve probably heard that oily food causes bad skin.
While some of that is due, in part, to touching your skin with french fry fingers, it can also affect skin on a deeper level.
- Foods high in fat inhibit blood flow and circulation
- Leads to bloating (hello, next-day puffiness)
Studies show that eating foods like this lunchbox staple and other highly processed carbs causes blood sugar and insulin to spike due to their high glycemic index.
This spells bad news for skin in the form of aging and acne.
Go for whole grain slices of bread for your toast and sammies.
The American Heart Association recommends that you limit your intake to 1,500 mg of sodium per day.
Go for veggies or unsalted snacks!
- High salt intake results in puffiness and water retention
Go easy on the mayo, or try healthier alternatives like mashed avocado on sandwiches.
- High fat and oil content can lead to breakouts and blemishes
Packaged and Processed Foods
All those packaged snacks and frozen foods can be full of all kinds of skin-damaging stuff.
- High salt
- High sugar
- Artificial additives
When possible, eat fresh fruits or vegetables, or look for frozen versions with no added salt or sugar.
Bottom Line: By all means, enjoy some indulgent treats every once in awhile. Just make sure you’re getting a balanced diet of some nourishing, good-for-you foods, too!