Have you heard the expression “you are what you eat?” This can be both a good and a bad expression of course, all depending on what exactly it is that you’re eating.
Some foods are powerful punches of antioxidants and vitamins that enrich our health and make our skin shine while other things we eat and drink have the ability to do the exact opposite and actually hurt our appearance more than we sometimes even realize.
We’ve curated a list of the absolute worst food and drinks for your skin that you may want to avoid all together. This list of the 6 worst foods and drinks for your skin have been found to be linked to many common skin problems such as acne, rosacea, aging or dry skin.
White Bread has a high glycemic index (70 or above) which, when eaten often, makes our bodies create an increase in glucose and insulin. Foods with a high glycemic index are linked to skin acne. Opt for whole wheat’s instead which are not only high in nutrients but in antioxidants as well.
Everyone has a sweet tooth sometimes, but did you know that consuming too much sugar weakens your ability to fight bacteria? With more bacteria means more toxins in the body which can lead to skin problems such as wrinkles! That’s right, by consuming too much sugar our bodies will create more wrinkles because sugar damages our natural collagen and elastin – two vital components in keeping our skin looking plump and young.
Albeit tasty, shellfish such as shrimp, crab, and lobster are high in iodine, which can lead to clogged pores and acne. Opt for Alaskan Salmon instead which has been proven to be very heart, skin and body healthy.
Alcohol is a dehydrating liquid which can severely lessen our skin’s elasticity and collagen and that can make our skin more prone to drooping and wrinkles. Alcohol can also cause vasodilatation (widening of the blood vessels), which aggravates rosacea.
Processed salt causes our tissues to swell, making us look swollen. Processed salt can also aggravate acne. Opt for Sea Salt instead. Sea Salt doesn’t undergo refinement and has the naturally occurring minerals found in seawater.
Sugar Alternatives (Splenda, Equal, etc.)
Artificial sweetener products often create inflammation and histamine reactions and our bodies tend to store these chemicals in our tissues therefore affecting the appearance of our skin.