We give so much effort and money to our skin, expecting that we will achieve and have the best skin using various anti-aging products. However, not all people know that what we eat is just as important as what we apply to our skin. The aging process is not only limited to the amount of stress we have but also to how often we smoke and drink, and how much sun exposure we are getting. It also has something to do with the food we eat.
They say that what you eat shows on your body. Aging is a natural process and there are some foods that will make you look older than expected. As we age, the foods that we eat always play a big role in speeding up the aging process.
If you want to prevent the aging process, some of the foods you avoid to preserve your youthful glow.
A lot of people love sugar but it is one of the outrageous competitors to unwelcome skin concerns including the most hated skin problem, acne. According to Medical News Today, high sugar consumption increases the rate of glycation, a procedure where blood sugars bind to proteins to form new molecules called advanced glycation end products or AGEs. These AGEs destroys close by proteins and results to turn collagen brittle, dry, and feeble.
Once sugar levels get high, this AGE process is activated and it will even speed up faster if there is sunlight involved. So try avoiding eating ice cream on the beach. Instead, opt for healthy frozen fruit, fruit juice like cucumber juice, or a sugar-free popsicle.
If you are really craving for sweets, try grabbing fruits or dark chocolate. You may want also try blueberries as they are particularly great in preventing loss of collagen. So back away from cupcakes once and a while.
If you don’t want to lose that healthy glow of yours, you must avoid refined, processed oils and fats such as soybean, safflower, corn, canola oil, and fried foods. Focus more on healthy and rich anti-inflammatory fats including avocado, olives, nuts, seeds, and fish.
Maybe you’ve been always curious about understanding what trans fat is when reading your food’s nutrition facts. If you are consuming excessive trans fat, your skin will appear stiff and rigid. Consuming plenty of trans fat can clog and harden the arteries and smaller blood vessels which will make the skin appear older.
We bet most of you can resist junk foods! But where the salt goes, water will always follow. And if you consume foods high in salt, it can pull water outside the cells and dehydrate your body. Once the body gets dehydrated, you become fatigued, which will give you the appearance of being bloated, tired, and worn out. So drink that eight to ten glasses of water every day!
Butter or Margarine
Buttery foods are very tasty and delicious, right? But according to the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, those who don’t consume margarine or butter have better protection against skin damage and fewer wrinkles than those who do.
Plus, margarine is nastier compared to moderate amounts of real butter because of the fact that it’s high in partly hydrogenated oils. They can make the skin unprotected from ultraviolet radiation, which can harm the skin’s collagen and elasticity.
You can exchange butter for olive oil or smear avocados. Because these two are rich in anti-aging antioxidants, on your bread and sandwiches instead.
You may ditch the bacon, sausage, pepperoni, and hotdogs which are all examples of processed meats. That can be damaging to the skin. These types of meat contain so much sodium, saturated fats, and sulfite, which can all result in dehydrated skin and weakened collagen by causing inflammation.
Affordable protein options in a swap of processed meats are eggs or beans. You may also opt for leaner meats like turkey and chicken. These meats contain protein and amino acids that are important in the natural formation of collagen.
Soda and Coffee
These two culprits have more relation with sleep than our skin. They’re both high in caffeine, and if you drink them from day to night, it may affect your sleep. And if you have poor sleep, it can add up to more signs of aging, darker eye circles, visible wrinkles, and fine lines. You can do swaps, such as drinking golden milk instead of coffee. Golden milk has turmeric which is high in antioxidants and one of the most effective anti-aging compounds around.
Author Bio: Ivandrea is a daytime writer for Napoleon Perdis Makeup Academy, one of Australia’s leading makeup and skincare brands with 85 concept stores, over 100 department store counters. Ivandrea loves anything skincare-related and also believes that makeup is another form of art. She is also a content crafter who researches and writes custom content about travel, fashion, finance, business, home improvements, health, and beauty in order to provide helpful information and tips for her readers. Ivandrea graduated from St. Scholastica’s College, Manila, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism in 2016.