If you’re like most women, you try to pay attention to external products that can help your skin. Do you ever consider how your diet may be helping (or hindering) your skincare routines? A number of studies have shown how a poor diet can cause inflammation, which triggers oxidative stress and in turn damages collagen and DNA, making you look older. Here are the top 7 food offenders to keep off your plate.
- Salt: Salt does not keep wrinkles at bay. Getting more than the recommendation of 1,500 mg of sodium can lead to high blood pressure, which can weaken the skin by affecting collagen. And that can cause wrinkles, especially in thin-skinned areas, like around your eyes. Salt also can cause puffiness by your eyes. Use more herbs and less salt.
- Sugar: Steer clear of those candy jars and candy bars. Dermatologist Doris J. Day, MD, author of Forget the Facelift and an integral member of the scientific advisory team that helped to develop Christie Brinkley Skin Care says that sugar can overload what’s called the insulin pathway. That affects your blood vessels and accelerates skin’s aging process. Sugar can also increase your chances for acne, even well beyond your teen years. Eat more fruit to satisfy your sweet tooth.
- Milk: Milk can be full of growth hormones that remain active even after pasteurization. Some studies show that these hormones can get into our blood stream and affect insulin which leads to inflammation and oil production. Consider organic milk instead of regular milk.
- Coffee: Coffee may be a great pick-me-up, but it’s not good for your skin. Coffee dehydrates your body, causing skin to dry out. Wrinkles around eyes become more prominent when the body’s not properly hydrated. Consider green tea instead of coffee. It’s an excellent antioxidant and less dehydrating
- Trans Fat: Manufactured fats, like those found in fast food products and margarine, make you look older because they clog arteries. This takes away elasticity from your skin because water can’t get through. Natural monounsaturated fats, like those in olive oil and coconut oil, are rich in vitamin E which helps stabilize cellular walls and protect against oxidation and free radicals that age skin.
- Chips: Chips are loaded with refined carbs which lead to increased inflammation. This triggers DNA- and collagen-damaging oxidative stress. Over time, you’ll notice more fine lines, wrinkles, and aged appearance.
- Simple Carbs: Foods like white bread and pasta have a high glycemic index. This inflames your skin and produces reactive oxygen species. Those break-down collagen, which keeps skin strong, and elastin, which keeps skin supple, resulting in less vibrancy and plumpness. When you’re craving carbs, choose complex ones like whole grains, recommends Dr. Day.