You are what you eat. Food on your plate can dictate about your skin. When it comes to your skin, the quality of your appearance reflects the quality of your diet in many ways. Your food affects your skin positively or negatively. Here are the 6 foods that are the worst offenders you need to avoid in order to have glowing, dewy complexion:
Acne loves sugar. Redness and inflammation will continue and be constant factors if sugar is not removed from the diet. Sugar can weaken our immune system making our bodies less effective at fighting off bacteria–a catalyst for acne and other inflammatory skin conditions. Eating a lot of sugar (raisins, soda, honey, agave nectar) or simple carbs (bagels, pasta, cupcakes) can throw off your insulin levels which can lead to inflammation inside the body as well as on your face. Giving up sweets and starches can also help you lose weight.
This is the hardest ingredient to remove from the diet as most of us are addicted to it and when you begin to look at every food label, you will be surprised to know that most of the food items have sugar in it.
Many of us are unaware regarding the fact that skim milk triggers skin flare-ups and acne breakouts. The hormones and milk proteins found in milk can clog pores. Your skin acts as an excretory system to get rid of things that your body does not agree with, so when you take too much dairy, it comes out in the form of cystic blemishes in the lower area of the face.
Cutting out dairy may do a lot for your acne-prone skin. Yogurt seems to have the weakest effect.
Highly processed junk foods made with additives and preservatives such as white bread, chips, French fries, soda, and candy make your blood-sugar levels spike. This causes your hormones to stimulate excessive oil production, clogging pores and aging the skin. High levels of sodium lurk in overly processed foods. Salty foods cause your body to hold onto water resulting in a puffy face and the appearance of under-eye bags. Iodized salt is especially bad for skin in high doses as it has been shown to aggravate acne.
Caffeinated drinks dehydrate you, and will deplete your skin of its vital nutrients, doing a number on your skin’s elasticity and collagen and it can make your skin more prone to sagging and wrinkles. But if you cannot do without caffeine a day, then make sure to drink recommended 8 glasses of water daily to keep your body and skin hydrated.
Shrimp, crab, and lobster and certain leafy greens like seaweed and spinach are high in iodine which can lead to clogged pores and acne. A better option is fish as it contains omega fatty acids which help to improve your skin. Foods with omega-3 fatty acids add hydration to skin and decrease inflammation.
Meat cooked in high temperatures:
Heating meat in high temperatures produces chemical reaction between proteins and fats that results in compounds advanced glycation end products (commonly shortened, appropriately, to AGEs). Eating tons of sugar also forms AGEs. This causes protein fibers in the body to become stiff and malformed.