Many factors affect the condition of our skin: ecology, stress, sleep, bad habits, cosmetics, and nutrition. Foods high in antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and collagen are very beneficial for the skin. Still, on the contrary, some foods can provoke the appearance of acne, redness, wrinkles, and so on.
Here are a few foods to cut back on for anyone looking for a smoother, cleaner, healthier complexion.
Frying and heating for a long time can lead to the formation of free radicals in food, which damage cells. Such an effect can accelerate the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of skin aging, such as loss of elasticity, dullness, age spots, and so on.
Excessive consumption of salty foods leads to dehydration of the skin and accelerated aging. The saltiest foods include chips, French fries, convenience foods, sauces, and instant noodles.
Sweets and other high glycemic foods
Sweets and foods with a high glycemic index (GI) dramatically increase blood glucose levels and promote inflammation in the body. This inflammation, in turn, provokes an exacerbation of skin diseases and leads to the appearance of acne, inflammation, and early wrinkles. Here are a few high-GI foods: white bread, corn, buns, honey, semolina, popcorn, and so on.
Ultra-processed meats (sausages, hotdogs, bacon) contain too much salt, saturated fat, and various preservatives. All this can deprive the skin of the necessary moisture and impair the production of collagen – a protein that provides the strength and elasticity of our body’s connective tissues.
Frequent alcohol consumption increases blood flow to the face, which can cause rosacea, a red vascular network on the cheeks, nose, or chin. This mesh looks very unaesthetic, and getting rid of it is very difficult and often quite costly. In addition, alcohol leads to dehydration of the skin and the entire body.