The Worst Foods for Your Skin
The old saying, “You are what you eat,” has always been true, especially when it comes to your skin. All your food intake affects the health of your skin. Some foods are really good for it because they offer nutrients and emollients that make your skin look smooth and young. However, there are other foods that can have a detrimental effect on your skin.
Here are some of the worst foods for your skin that you should avoid:
- Salt. If you have been waking up feeling a little puffy around your eyes, then you should start avoiding salt because it can cause you to retain water, which can lead to swelling. The skin around your eyes is so thin that it swells easily. If you simply cannot bring yourself to avoid salty foods, at least eat them in moderation and in smaller portion sizes that will satisfy your craving without adding too much to your body.
- Sugary foods. They raise your insulin production, which causes inflammation and eventually slows down your skin’s ability to regenerate itself. It can also weaken the skin by affecting tissues like collagen, which makes it more vulnerable to lines and wrinkles.
- Alcohol. It makes your skin dry and irritated and can even result in vasodilatation, which are swollen blood vessels that make red veins appear at the surface of your skin. Alcohol saps the natural moisture from your skin and makes wrinkles and fine lines more noticeable.
- Fried Food. The unhealthy fats produced by fried foods release free radicals in your body that can clog the pores. Think twice before eating French fries or fried chicken.
- Barbecue. Heating meat at a high temperature produces a chemical reaction between the fat and protein that produces compounds called Advanced Glycation End Products. These compounds are linked to oxidative stress and inflammation that can make your skin look ruddier, duller, and more wrinkled.
- Shellfish. Shrimp, crab, and lobster are naturally high in iodine. A diet with too much iodine can lead to acne, and the frequency of breakouts over time will often occur in direct correlation to how much iodine is in your system. If your are acne-prone, decrease your consumption of high-iodine foods, and it should help minimize your breakouts.
-M. Germaine Parra
D.C. Area Realtor, Feng Shui Consultant
Licensed in DC, MD and VA
Long and Foster Realtors
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