We’re all familiar with the saying, “you are what you eat”. Though cliché, it couldn’t be truer. Not only does our diet impact our waistline and health, but also it affects our skin. Sure, you may have a vague understanding that fried and fatty foods can cause breakouts, but are you aware of how much your diet could be hurting you? To avoid unwelcome blemishes and wrinkles, eliminate these foods from your diet— or for at the very least, keep them to a minimum.
Packaged & Processed Foods
One problem with packaged and processed foods is they often have added sugar and sodium. We’ll get to the effect of sugar and sodium on the skin later. For now, let’s discuss another problem— the fact that processed foods lack nutrients and water. When they’re processed, nutrients get broken down and lost, and processed foods typically have low water content. People who consume a lot of packaged and processed foods often have nutrient deficiencies, which negatively impact the skin. Instead of processed foods, eat a nutrient-rich diet by consuming foods in their fresh state, particularly fruits and vegetables. Unlike processed foods, fruits and veggies have high water content which helps hydrate and detox the skin and regulate oil production.
Research shows organic foods are superior to their non-organic counterparts. They contain far more antioxidants, which promote healthy skin, and significantly fewer harmful compounds. Many non-organic foods are teeming with pesticides, hormones, fungicides, herbicides and waxes, which are linked to a number of health problems. Since our bodies don’t recognize these unnatural chemicals, they trigger an inflammatory response. Stick to organic foods to avoid these chemicals and get more nutrients for healthier, more radiant skin.
Sugar is one of the worst things for your skin, not to mention your overall health. Sugar weakens your immune system, which inhabits your body’s ability to fight off bacteria. This is why high sugar consumption can result in acne and other inflammatory skin issues. The more bacteria in your body, the more toxins there are, which is bad news for your skin. Additionally, sugar can damage your collagen and elastin levels— which are needed for young, supple skin— making your skin more prone to fine lines and wrinkles.
Like sugar, salt is horrible for your skin. Consuming too much salt can cause high blood pressure, which depletes your collagen levels and weakens the skin. This can result in wrinkles, particularly in thin-skinned areas like the under eyes. Salt can also cause puffy eyes and exacerbate acne. By avoiding processed foods and reading food labels, you can better control your sodium and sugar intake.
Fried foods don’t only contribute to weight gain; they can also age and breakout your skin. They contain fully oxidized saturated fat, which is terrible for your body. These fats are thicker and don’t detox from the body, contributing to poor circulation and metabolism. These weakened systems can slow down the production of collagen and elastin, thus aging the skin. Also, fried foods can trap bacteria and cause oil buildup, leading to acne breakouts.
As you can see, your diet plays a major role in your skin’s health. To promote healthy, youthful skin, be sure to avoid these bad foods!
Note: All views expressed in this blog post are the personal opinions of the guest blogger. mySkin.com doesn’t favor any particular skincare brand or take advertising from any of them. Our scientific algorithm is entirely unbiased and based on your skin profile.
Brittany Goodwin is a digital marketing professional and freelance writer in the Greater Philadelphia Area. She enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors. She currently represents a large client base, including Spa Week, a company that promotes all things wellness. Brittany holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Rutgers University.