Keeping skin healthy is a constant battle. It doesn’t end once we rid ourselves of the dreaded teen acne, either. Throughout our lives we battle aging, and our skin takes the most obvious hit. One thing many people fail to realize is the impact our diet has on our skin. While you may not want to completely change your diet to improve your complexion, here are a few of the worst foods and drinks for your skin that you should avoid when possible.
Grease and sugar combine to wreak havoc on skin when you indulge in doughnuts. That’s not to say you shouldn’t enjoy yourself from time to time, but do so in moderation for your skin’s sake.
Numerous studies have linked acne to the consumption of greasy foods. Think about how your skin feels if you touch it with greasy, pizza-covered fingers. Now, imagine that happening from the inside of your body out. Clogged pores are only the beginning.
A little salty and sweet may sound nice, but foods with high sodium levels cause water retention, which your skin just won’t thank you for.
White Bread and Rice
White bread and white rice have a high glycemic index and cause blood sugar to spike. This has been shown by research to lead to acne.
Although they may seem harmless, condiments are full of hidden sugar and salt. They can put serious stress on your skin.
Drinks high in sugar mess with collagen levels. The skin needs collagen to keep it firm, healthy and supple. Water is always the best choice when it comes to drinks.
Alcohol dehydrates your body and in turn your skin. If you really want to indulge occasionally, try upping your water intake before, after and during to combat some of the effects of alcohol on your skin.
It may be a Southern staple, but sweet tea contains insane amounts of sugar, and a high sugar intake can inhibit your body’s collagen production, which is vital to skin health.
Coffee or Caffeinated Tea
Caffeine found in coffee, some teas and many other drinks can dehydrate skin and mess with your sleep. Your skin relies on getting good beauty sleep to reset and rejuvenate.
Even though you may feel like you can’t get through the day without an energy drink to put a pep in your afternoon step, skip these sugary caffeinated drinks, which only cause problems for skin.