6 Food Mistakes That Hurt Your Skin

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What you eat can make a huge impact on your skin. Luxury skincare and a great routine help but you also have to work from within too. 

Sometimes, the last thing you need to do to get perfect skin is tweak your diet. If your eating habits are far from healthy, your skin will bear the consequences too. Here are the five foods you should avoid for healthier skin:

1. Too much salt

If you find yourself asking your dining companion to “pass the salt” too many times, then you’ll need to stop. Too much salt can cause water retention in your body, which causes swelling, puffy eyes and sometimes, dark circles. Just as how excess salt can affect your health, the same applies to your skin too!

2. Added sugar

While it does feel good to indulge in a tub of ice cream on a bad day, too much sugar indulgence may destroy your skin. Excess sugar can cause inflammation in the body, which can lead to breakouts on your skin, as well as premature aging caused by glycation, a process where the elastin and collagen break down and are destroyed. Start by cutting out white sugar and limiting your intake on dessert.

3. Crash diets

By depriving your body of the nutrients it needs, your skin will resort to dark circles and dull complexion. If you’re trying to lose weight, eat a balanced diet with lots of veggies (the greens keep your skin supple and plump) and have a consistent exercise routine. The effects of crash dieting are not only seen on your body but also on your skin.

4. Lack of water

Honestly, water is the most underrated beauty secret. When your skin is dehydrated, you’ll notice more dryness on your skin and a dull complexion. Keep a bottle of water with you and sip throughout the day. Aim for 8-10 glasses of water to keep your body and skin hydrated and you’ll notice a natural glow.

5. Too much junk food

Junk food has high levels of salt, preservatives, hydrogenated fats and sugar which can wreak havoc on our skin. Instead of reaching out for a pack of chips at 3pm, have a peach or a square of dark chocolate. Junk food can cause acne breakouts, dehydrated and water retention, which you wouldn’t want after investing in an expensive serum. 

6. Alcohol

An occasional glass of wine is OK. But not if you’re doing it several times a day. Alcohol dehydrates your skin, leaving it dry and prone to breakouts and wrinkles. Limit yourself to one glass at dinner or lunch and keep drinking water throughout the day, so that your skin will remain plump and hydrated throughout the night.

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photo: Madewell

 

What you eat can make a huge impact on your skin. Luxury skincare and a great routine help but you also have to work from within too. 

Sometimes, the last thing you need to do to get perfect skin is tweak your diet. If your eating habits are far from healthy, your skin will bear the consequences too. Here are the five foods you should avoid for healthier skin:

1. Too much salt

If you find yourself asking your dining companion to “pass the salt” too many times, then you’ll need to stop. Too much salt can cause water retention in your body, which causes swelling, puffy eyes and sometimes, dark circles. Just as how excess salt can affect your health, the same applies to your skin too!

2. Added sugar

While it does feel good to indulge in a tub of ice cream on a bad day, too much sugar indulgence may destroy your skin. Excess sugar can cause inflammation in the body, which can lead to breakouts on your skin, as well as premature aging caused by glycation, a process where the elastin and collagen break down and are destroyed. Start by cutting out white sugar and limiting your intake on dessert.

3. Crash diets

By depriving your body of the nutrients it needs, your skin will resort to dark circles and dull complexion. If you’re trying to lose weight, eat a balanced diet with lots of veggies (the greens keep your skin supple and plump) and have a consistent exercise routine. The effects of crash dieting are not only seen on your body but also on your skin.

4. Lack of water

Honestly, water is the most underrated beauty secret. When your skin is dehydrated, you’ll notice more dryness on your skin and a dull complexion. Keep a bottle of water with you and sip throughout the day. Aim for 8-10 glasses of water to keep your body and skin hydrated and you’ll notice a natural glow.

5. Too much junk food

Junk food has high levels of salt, preservatives, hydrogenated fats and sugar which can wreak havoc on our skin. Instead of reaching out for a pack of chips at 3pm, have a peach or a square of dark chocolate. Junk food can cause acne breakouts, dehydrated and water retention, which you wouldn’t want after investing in an expensive serum. 

6. Alcohol

An occasional glass of wine is OK. But not if you’re doing it several times a day. Alcohol dehydrates your skin, leaving it dry and prone to breakouts and wrinkles. Limit yourself to one glass at dinner or lunch and keep drinking water throughout the day, so that your skin will remain plump and hydrated throughout the night.

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