While eating can give us a real pleasure, the type of foods we consume can be responsible for a wide range of health issues, including skin problems.
So, here I will give you a short list of foods that age your skin and can rob its glow, health and beauty.
Although it is understood that it is not always easy to avoid eating those foods completely, keeping their consumption low can help us balance their negative effects.
So, what are those foods that can promote wrinkles, fine lines and other signs of aging?
Foods Containing Saturated and Trans Fats
We all know that there are two types of fats, the good fats and the bad fats. Some people, especially the ones who want to lose weight have the wrong idea that fats should be totally excluded from a diet but this should not be the case since the exclusion of whole groups of foods can deteriorate skin’s health and trigger certain conditions such as dryness, itchiness and redness on the skin.
The bad fats are those ones that are called saturated and trans fats. Saturated fats are contained in fatty meats, full fat dairy products such as milk, cheese, butter, cream and ice cream but surprisingly enough we can also find high levels of saturated fats in coconut oil, cocoa butter and others.
The latter ones are widely contained in foods that are packaged such as crackers, cookies and chips.
Trans fats belong to the bad fats and they are man made fats. They are created by adding hydrogen to vegetable oil.
From what I have understood by searching more is that hydrogenation helps the final product become more firm and tasty as well as prolongs its shelf life.
So, while we are often told that fried foods are not good for our health, it is mainly those hydrogenated oils that the foods are fried into that makes them harmful.
If you want to avoid the inflammation and therefore the premature aging that is linked to a high consumption of saturated fats as well as trans fats, try to control the intake of packaged foods, full fat dairy products, animal fat products, packaged snacks and fast food, cakes and pastries, margarine and butter.
Sweets make some moments of our lives more enjoyable but a high consumption of those foods can affect our collagen, promote aging and imbalance our skin like triggering break outs or oiliness.
Sugar exists in a lot of foods that we never think or we tend to forget that they contain sugar, like juices, cereal, energy drinks, white pasta, mayonnaise, tomato ketchup and other packaged sauces.
To fulfill sugar cravings, there are a lot of natural solutions like healthy snacks that they can both provide you with valuable antioxidants and cover your need for something sweet such as dark chocolate in small amounts, dry fruits, honey, sesame bars, healthy smoothies and other healthy and skin loving solutions.
What I generally do to have some control over my sugar intake is to avoid as much as possible those foods that contain disguised sugar like sauces, juices, sugary yoghurt or others and eat a nice sweet or some chocolate whenever I want something sweet without putting myself under the pressure of not eating sweets at all.
High intake of alcohol can cause inflammation and accelerate skin aging but it can also be bad for certain skin conditions such as rosacea and others.
Still, drinks like wine and beer that derive from the process of fermentation and not distillation contain less alcohol but also other ingredients that surveys have shown to be beneficial for health.
Of course, even with those, you will only need but a small quantity to benefit yourself, so you don’t need to overdo it. Consuming water together with your alcohol beverage will also promote the quicker expel of alcohol from your blood.
Very Salty Foods
Excessive salt is responsible for water retention and can therefore lead to cellulitis, dull skin and dehydration. A high level of salt in our foods can also deteriorate your skin’s condition and make it more vulnerable to aging as the years pass by.
There are different types of salts and there are some which are more beneficial than the refined table salts or some other fake sea salts.
I am not an expert in this field of course but I know that the table salts people most commonly use are very much processed, so they may lack important nutrients.
Lately, I am using Dead Sea Salt as well as Himalayan Pink Salt which I think are more beneficial.
So, when it has to do with salt, try not to overdo it because it is not going to be good for your skin, either.
In conclusion, the above are some of those foods that can age your skin faster and make it look dull, unbalanced and less youthful. By helping your body from the inside through some healthier choices, you can boost both your skin’s beauty as well as your general health.