You probably have heard the phrase: “You are what you eat”; more times than you care to remember. Fortunately (for some of us unfortunately) it’s real and proven to be true, even when it comes to skincare. At O Naturals, we always take the being healthy on the inside-and-out approach. So we thought we would help you out on the inside a little bit by talking about a few nummy no-no’s, foods to avoid for healthy skin that is. We know it’s annoying to hear that you can’t eat some of your favorite foods but if you take your skincare seriously, it’s just something you will care to do.
Before we get started, please remember that this does not necessarily mean that you have to give up these types of foods entirely. Rather, you just need to watch your portion size and remember that everything in healthy eating for skincare is about moderation and balance.
Say goodbye to everything from milk to low fat dairy products because dairy is one of the biggest, bad skin offenders there is. The first problem with dairy is that it is a pro-inflammatory food. This means that if you are already having skin inflammation problems, that Greek Yogurt you just ate is going feed the flames, whether its eczema, psoriasis, rashes, itchiness, etc., and you don’t want it to get worse.
Another key issue with dairy is that it is full of hormones, both male and female. These hormones may interfere with your body’s natural hormonal balance. Precursors to testosterone and other androgens cause the hormone receptors in the skin to turn on the process that causes acne. Likewise, excess estrogen in your system contributes to hormonal cystic acne. All in all, you can expect an increase oil production and blocked pores leading to blackheads and breakouts.
Therefore, before you choose to eat eggplant Parmesan for dinner with ice cream for desert, think twice because your skin may pay the price.
Foods with High Glycemic and Gluten Load (Wheat, Barley & Rye) make it difficult for the body’s immune system to fight off acne. Yes, dairy is hard enough to cut back but now you’re not going to have any delicious types of bread to put it on as well. To top it off, if you have a gluten allergy or if you are acne-prone, have acne, or have any autoimmune skin condition, then your risk sky rockets.
If you want to keep acne at bay, put the bread away.
Since you now know that you shouldn’t be having a bagel with cream cheese, you probably figured out that you aren’t going to get a grilled cheese sandwich either.
Remember, it’s all for the cause of having clear, healthy skin. So why are fried foods bad for your skin?
You probably already guessed one problem which is that fried foods lead to excess oil production within the skin so you are looking at more acne breakouts. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg because the vegetable oils used for most deep-frying are actually a free radical monster.
When vegetable oils become superheated, they are highly oxidative and reactive. This causes them to release free radicals in the body. These free radicals act like toxins and cause oxidative stress in the cells, which cause them to age faster. This means that all of the textbook signs of aging pop up on your skin: dark spots, blemishes, wrinkles, fine lines, and more.
Worse yet, they also induce inflammation in the body which means more problems if you are trying to maintain clear skin. Not to mention that the Trans fats contained in fried food also have a negative impact on your complexion.
So how do fried chicken wings sound right about now?
You already know that sugar isn’t good for you in general so it should come as no surprise that cookies, candy, soda, doughnuts, and every other delicious, sweet thing that you crave is bad for your skin. Yes, even fruit juices are filled with sugar. So if you think a glass of orange juice is going to help your skin, think again.
So why must all delicious deserts be avoided for good skin? Sugar glycates collagen. In layman’s terms that means that it causes the collagen to not function properly. This causes your clear skin to lose its firmness and elasticity, and soon enough, it’s not clear at all. So if you are looking to avoid premature signs of aging, you best avoid sugar.
Now that we’ve destroyed your hopes of ever eating anything tasty for desert, we have another skin killer that means you can’t drink your disappointment away.
Do you fancy a glass of wine or, perhaps, a mojito? From whiskey to beer, you better steer clear because alcohol will dry your skin out. Alcohol causes you to lose heat because it dilates the blood vessels. In turn, this causes you to be dehydrated. The dehydration then leads to dry skin.
As if dry skin wasn’t bad enough, Alcohol can do some pretty serious premature aging damage to your skin. Alcohol can reduce the amount of Vitamin A in your body. This is bad because Vitamin A is a very important antioxidant is vital in the regeneration of new cells and that means your collagen cells are going to be taking a big hit. This means your skin could start showing premature wrinkles, loss of collagen, elasticity, redness, dehydration and puffiness.
We bet you could use a stiff drink right about now. But it’s not all doom and gloom because if you carefully moderate your portion size, you can alleviate some of these skin-damaging effect. Of course if you have any allergies to these foods or any pre-existing skin conditions, then it’s cold-turkey for you. Besides, there are plenty of natural, non-damaging foods and beverages out there that you can enjoy. On top of that, your skin will be fantastic and that makes it worth the effort!