We all know fresh fruits and vegetables are the ticket to improving overall health, clear skin and bright, youthful complexions. What you might not know is that some foods can actually prematurely age your skin.
Sugar: Sugar consumption is up there with sun exposure and smoking when it comes to the major causes of wrinkles. Sweets and refined carbohydrates raise your blood glucose levels, which interferes with the normal repair of collagen and elastin. Sodas and other sweetened drinks are a major “hidden source” of excess sugar. In short: too much sugar leads to sagging, wrinkled skin.
Processed Food: Processed foods contribute to free radicals in the body. Free radicals are a major source of ageing. Your body naturally has free radicals and naturally can defend itself—but if you tip the balance in favour of these little monsters, your face and body will start showing the wear and tear. Processed foods include meats and cheeses and anything with a long list of chemical ingredients.
Coffee: A little coffee is fine. But if you’re a coffee fiend, you should know that coffee can contribute to an old-before-your-time face. Coffee is dehydrating and a lack of water shows up in your skin.
Saturated fats: Diets high in saturated fats increase inflammation, which ages your skin.
Alcohol: While many studies show the potential benefits of red wine and resveratrol, alcohol does dehydrate your body, leaving skin tight and dry. Your liver also releases skin-ageing free radicals as it metabolises alcohol. Cocktails mixed with soda are a double-whammy of alcohol and sugar.