5 FOODS TO AVOID - if you want great skin February 12 2014, 0 Comments
Diet plays a big part in the condition of our skin. Like it or not, your skin often reflects what you put in your mouth.
Plenty of studies have been carried out across the globe that focuses on how our diet can affect our skin. Here we look at the top five foods you should avoid or limit in your diet if you want to maintain a healthy, glowing complexion.
1Pastas, breads and other starchy foodsTypically, carbohydrates are said to hamper weight-loss, and it seems there is another reason we should be avoiding these starchy foods. There has been a link made between acne and foods with a high glycaemic content (like pasta and white breads) because they cause a rapid spike in blood sugar. Furthermore, an Australian study found that eating a low-GI diet reduced pimples in young men.
2SugarNo surprises here. It’s a well-known fact that sugar is not your complexion's friend. High blood sugar can weaken the skin by affecting tissue like collagen and leave you more vulnerable to lines and wrinkles. Limiting your sugar intake will allow you to step out with confidence, rather than with a paper bag over your speckled face!
3AlcoholPack your moisturiser if you’re planning a big night of drinking. The irony of alcohol consumption is that the more you drink, the thirstier you become. This dehydration factor also applies to your skin. Drinking alcohol dries your skin out and in turn makes lines and wrinkles more pronounced – who wants that?
4SaltOn the other end of the dehydration scale, too much salt can cause our bodies to retain water, which can cause our skin to become red and puffy, particularly around areas of our face where the skin is quite thin such as our eyes. The older you get, the more salt will affect your complexion so keep this in mind when seasoning your next steak.
5ShellfishLovers of shellfish beware. The high iodine content of most seafood has a strong correlation to acne. You don’t need to worry about this if you only occasionally indulge in seafood but if you are acne-prone, consume these foods a couple of times a month rather than a couple of times a week. Remember: everything in moderation!
It’s not all bad news when it comes to foods and maintaining healthy skin. There are some foods that are both delicious and beneficial for our faces. Eat things like dark chocolate, yoghurt, walnuts and green tea to help prevent and reduce wrinkles, and keep your skin glowing!
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