Skip These Wrinkle-Creating Foods
Did You Know Food Can Cause Wrinkles?
You are what you eat. You’ve heard that before, right? Well, it’s true about what you eat, and your health. As well as, you know… your skin! Surprise! Junk food like sugar, trans fats, and refined carbs are going to make your skin look like what you eat: junk. The author of The Sugar Detox, Patricia Farris, MD says, “We’re actually learning that poor nutrition is just as bad for your skin as cigarette smoking.” A poor diet can contribute to skin issues that make you look older than you really are by damaging the collagen in your skin.
ertain nutrients and ingredients can cause cell damage as well as inflammation. Both cell damage and inflammation can cause facial wrinkles and wrinkles even on other parts of your body because inflammation can damage both your skin’s elastin and collagen. These two things are the support systems for your skin; without collagen and elastin, you’ll see wrinkles in your skin. Limiting your intake of these two ingredients can significantly help you keep your skin youthful looking, as well as improve your overall health.
If your meals are filled with foods that cause chronic inflammation, you’re likely to see a difference in your skin. Foods that cause chronic inflammation include vegetable oils, margarine, red meats, sugary, processed foods, or white bread. Inflammation causes an accelerated wrinkle-formation process, which is totally preventable. Starting the prevention process won’t take much work, either. Foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids (think fish!) are olive oil, salmon, flaxseeds, flaxseed oil, and avocados. These tasty foods will help your skin keep a youthful glow, and a soft, supple look.
While some foods support healthy skin, some take away from your skin’s health. What are these mysterious wrinkle-causing foods?
Food Can Cause Wrinkles
There are lots of different kinds of foods that affect your skin, but here’s a lost of the top offenders. These bad boys should be eaten in moderation, or skipped altogether! Your skin and anti-aging efforts will be so glad you did.
Surprising, right? These tasty (or not so tasty) snacks can cause your blood sugar to rise. That’s a precursor for speeding up the formation of wrinkles, unfortunately. When your body metabolizes simple carbs in these rice cakes, your body metabolizes them in the same way it does sugar. It converts the simple carbs to glucose, and they hang on to skin-supporting proteins like collagen. That damages the collagen which is a huge pillar of support for your skin’s elasticity.
Hey, we all know sweet stuff comes in moderation. But maybe, candy is something to keep out of your diet, considering the amount of sugar in it. Candy, unfortunately, is full of processed sugar your body might not know how to handle. Looking at the way glucose affects proteins like collagen and elastin, it’s easy to believe candy can damage your skin. Since elastin and collagen help keep your skin soft, supple, and young, kicking your sugar habit can contribute to anti-aging efforts.
As a kid, you probably heard a glass of milk a day was important. It might be great for your body, but milk can be full of hormones that affect your skin. Studies show milk has growth hormones that remain biologically active even after pasteurization, and they make their way into the blood stream. There, they can affect your insulin, encourage oil production, and even cause inflammation. You’re likely to see breakouts as a result.
Let’s face it, no one likes adult acne. Breakouts damage your skin, and the proteins that support it. Treat your body to milk by trying the organic variety. Why organic? Only regularly occurring hormones, instead of additives, will show up in that variety.
We often look for alternatives to sugar, because we’ve learned sugar isn’t great for our bodies and health. Agave is made from agave plants, but the plant often is full of more fructose than high fructose corn syrup. While you might feel like you’ve traded in your sugar for a healthier alternative, there’s research showing agave syrup may affect your skin more than table sugar.
Fructose is metabolized by your liver where it turns into fat…and it also attaches to collagen, much like glucose. There are other natural sweeteners you can turn to, so don’t worry about getting your sweet-tooth fix!
Sometimes, a little bit of fat goes a long way especially as they’re not all created equal. Certain kinds of fat actually reduce your ability to hydrate yourself. A study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition found a higher intake of margarine was linked to increased skin wrinkling.
We’ve all been there; get home several hours late, and all you want to do is have dinner. Though easy, frozen dinners have insanely high amounts of sodium in them. Sodium increases your blood pressure, which is linked to… you guessed it, the formation of wrinkles and sunspots. Skip the frozen dinners!
Bacon, hot dogs, pepperoni or other processed meats are usually pretty high in saturated fats. Besides that, they contain nitrates too, which are big causes of inflammation. And remember, that leads to wrinkles! Unfortunately, staying away from these meats (and yes, bacon too) can be good for your health and your skin.
Save these meats for cheat meals!
…is this real life? Coffee is bad for your skin? Unfortunately, the news is true and coffee can affect your skin. Caffeine encourages more production of your stress hormone, cortisol. And that bad boy breaks down collagen. With too much cortisol, your skin won’t be able to repair itself as effectively. The next step is wrinkles, so cut back on the caffeine.
This is another very sad reality: gluten can affect your skin. Some people are sensitive to gluten, and their digestive systems don’t operate at full speed because of it. That also means you’re losing out on absorbing some of the nutrients you’re eating! You can’t fight off free radicals, environment damage, or otherwise without the help of vitamins and minerals that help fight wrinkles in your skin.
Can You Snack Your Way to Better Skin?
All of these foods might help the formation of wrinkles, but there’s a kicker: there are foods that can help your skin fight off wrinkles. With some diet tweaks, you can change the direction of your skin by preventing dehydration, dryness, and thinning skin. To fight the signs of aging, try these foods as regular snacks:
- flax seed and flaxseed oil
- red bell peppers
- lean beef
- lean poultry
Protein will help you fight the breakdown of collagen and elastin for better skin, longer.
In The End
Your diet will be reflected in your body, as well as in your skin. Loading up on fresh fruits and veggies alongside lots of protein will benefit your health. Well, of course it will; but you already knew that. Fresh fruits and veggies benefit you because they’re loaded with zinc, selenium, vitamin C, and beta carotene which are all ingredients in the recipe for collagen. They also help to minimize free radical damage, offered to you by the environment. Avoiding wrinkle-causing foods will truly benefit your skin and health in the long run.
It’s easy to set up fruits and veggies so you can constantly have a snack for the go. We’re all busy ladies, so we might as well prep ahead! Slice up bell peppers, carrots, and broccoli. Wash and prepare blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and other fruits like bananas or apples. Besides, berries are summer’s best kept weight loss secret.
Don’t forget to eat enough protein. This nutrient can’t be stressed enough, especially when recent studies show lack of enough protein can actually cause wrinkles or cracks in your skin. No thanks! Eggs, lean beef, lean poultry, or beans are easy ways to incorporate protein into each of your meals.
What foods will you give up for your skin?