There’s a reason why your skin feels a little off after a series of holiday parties, BBQs, or mojito-filled beach days. While a few indulgences won’t age you overnight, a continuously poor diet can accelerate the ageing process of your skin (and teeth) over time. Here, 14 foods to consume in moderation in order to look as young as you feel.
Sugar overload may kick-start a process called glycation. The theory: When you eat more sugar than your cells can process, the excess sugar molecules combine with proteins, creating “advanced glycation end products” (appropriately referred to as “AGES”). Ultimately, AGES may damage your skin’s collagen, the protein that keeps skin firm and youthful.
Unsurprisingly, too much sweet stuff is also bad for your smile. Sugar sticks to your teeth, encouraging bacteria, decay, and discolouration. If you treat yourself to something sweet, swish water around your mouth afterward to remove any buildup.
A healthy liver means healthy skin. When your liver is functioning well, toxins that could potentially affect the skin are expelled naturally through your body. But if toxins build up in your liver, and aren’t broken down properly, your skin can develop a variety of issues, like acne, sallowness, and wrinkles.Drinking can also trigger rosacea outbreaks.
To top it off, alcohol is dehydrating and bad for your sleep, which was associated with accelerated ageing. Inadequate sleep is linked to wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, and reduced skin elasticity.
4. Charred meat
That black char on your burger? It may contain pro-inflammatory hydrocarbons, which could present a problem since inflammation breaks down the collagen in your skin. You don’t necessarily need to banish BBQ from your vocab, but at least make sure you scrape off the black stuff, and clean the grill afterward so you don’t contaminate your next meal.
5. Salty foods
You might not cook with salt, but that doesn’t guarantee your intake is low. Many canned foods are preserved with sodium, which can make you retain water and cause a ‘puffy’ look. If you need a quick fix, combat fluid retention with a moisturizer that contains caffeine (it’s known for reducing puffiness when applied topically).
6. Processed meats
Think: Deli meat, sausage, and bacon. Many of these meats have sulphites and other preservatives, which can trigger inflammation in the skin, and accelerate the appearance of ageing. They also tend to be high in salt, which can make you look puffy. (Not to mention, processed red meats have been linked to heart disease.) Try swapping the deli meat on your sandwich for chicken or turkey. If you can’t say goodbye for good, use less meat, and load up on veggies.
All citrus wears away your enamel, but lemons may be the worst of the worst: lemon juice created the most dental damage, compared to orange and grapefruit juice.Add the sugar in lemonade to the equation, and you have enamel wear from the acid, plus plaque buildup from the sugar, creating stains and decay. As with energy drinks, sip from a straw if you must.
8. Anything caffeinated
Caffeine is like any other diuretic; it can make you excrete fluid, and deplete your body of moisture. And yes, that includes your skin: Anything dehydrating can dehydrate your skin, making it look dull and aged.
Good news: It’s simple to combat the consequences of one too many cups of coffee. Moisturizer, hands down, is the easiest way to look younger instantly.Try one that has hyaluronic acid, a super-moisturizing ingredient that holds 1,000 times its weight in water.MYNEWSHUB/Text: SARA KHALID