Foods to avoid for healthy skin
Published on July 30, 2015
A flawless complexion is the ultimate goal whether you are fighting pimples or wrinkles. Sometimes the endless battle gradually continues from fighting one into fighting the other and we use numerous tools in the war. One of the best things you can do for your skin is maintain a healthy diet and avoid certain foods. Here’s a list of foods that, according to expert dermatologists, you shouldn’t eat for the sake of healthy and glowing skin.
Sugar that can harm the skin can be found in candy, cakes, soda, juices and smoothies. Refined sugar has several negative effects on the skin including accelerated aging, weakening the immune system and skin breakouts. Instead of refined sugar, opt for healthy alternatives like fruits – their natural sugar is better recognised by our bodies. Dermatologists say that just one week without sugar will show a significant difference in the health of your skin.
Salt along with sugar are called causes of ‘white death’ and they do have negative impacts on health. Excess salt causes high blood pressure and weakens collagen that keeps the skin young. As an alternative to salt, opt for herbs or lemon juice.
Milk, cheeses, yogurt and other dairy products might be beneficial for your health, but they are loaded with hormones. Hormonal imbalance is the main cause of acne, pigmentation, inflammation and other skin problems. It is best to cut down on dairy products and don’t worry about calcium deficiency, just eat more spinach – it’s loaded with calcium.
Fats in fast food and fried food
Hydrogenated fats, Trans fats and saturated fats are the worst enemies not only to your skin, but to your body overall. Your favourite chips and fries are actually oxidised fats that harm blood circulation and your metabolism which in the long run will take a negative toll on your skin. Slow circulation means lack of enough oxygen and weakened synthesis of collagen and elastin, which keep skin young. Fast food follows the same line with saturated fats causing blemishes and acne, while Trans fats found in products like margarine are a straight path to wrinkles. Next time you go grocery shopping, check the ingredients of things you buy; most processed foods have one of the three fats.
Caffeine, excess caffeine
The liquid that keeps us going is actually accelerating skin aging, especially in the thin layer of skin that forms wrinkles. It is due to the fact that coffee increases cortisol levels in the body; cortisol is the stress hormone which also ages the skin. Moreover, coffee like alcohol is diuretic, which means that it dehydrates your body and we all know the rule: The better hydration, the better skin.
Keep your diet more natural for healthier skin. Processed foods are filled with additives, colourings and preservatives that taste great but wreak havoc on your skin. Non-organic foods are filled with hormones, pesticides and the likes that also cause more harm than good. Go for more organic options for healthy and glowing skin.