5 Foods That Are Bad for Your Skin
We wrote before which foods are good for your skin, and now we want to tell you about foods that can ruin your skin if you are stuck to them.
List of 5 Foods That Are Bad:
- Processed meats and fried foods
Processed meats are sausages, ham, salami, any smoked or cured meat, canned meat, salted meat, dried meat, and any other type of meats that undergone preservation with some kinds of chemicals, including salt.
Why processed meats bad for your skin? Mostly, all of these products contain much sodium and can cause water retention that leads to swelling. So, if you have got puffy bags under your eyes after you enjoyed a feast of salami and smoked bacon, you can blame sodium. Research has also shown that preservatives can contribute to oxidation that causes cell damage and premature aging.
- Refined carbs
Refined carbohydrates are all kinds of refined and processed sugars and refined grains. There are a few reasons why these products are bad for the skin.
Lack of fibers. Fibers improve digestion and help to maintain healthy levels of cholesterol and blood sugar. Lack of fibers causes congestion in bowels, producing bad bacteria and killing good bacteria. Through it, the body gets intoxicated, which leads to inflammations and can result in acne or skin irritation.
Increased sugar levels. Eating much food high in refined sugars triggers sugar and insulin spikes. Excessive blood sugar stimulates a process called glycation, in which portions of sugars build into molecules of proteins and transform them into AGEs (advanced glycation end-products). Lack of healthy proteins causes skin aging.
Additionally, such refined carbs as doughnuts, cakes, and other pastry contain much fat and can boost sebum (skin oil) production.
- Mayonnaise is rich in omega-6 that is considered “unhealthy fat”, and it may cause overproduction of oil that, in turn, blocks pores and induce acne. Industrially produced, mayonnaise also contains preservatives and falls into the category of processed foods, with all their downsides. If you adhere to this product, opt for a homemade version with a healthier choice of oils and no preservatives.
- Spicy food
It was found empirically that the worsening of skin appearance is often related to spices. Eating spicy food leads to excessive heat, and it may provoke inflammation, acne, and other skin conditions.
Alcohol is allergenic, and it dehydrates skin and destroys proteins. When mixed with sugar, it also bears all the evils of sugars we described above. If you thirsty for some pleasant sensations produced by alcohol beverages, a glass of red vine is the best option.