Glowing skin is not just about the creams you put on your face or the various procedures you undergo, it is also about what you put on your plate.
‘The best weapon against skin ageing is your fork,’ explains top nutritionist and skin specialist, Karen Fischer.
‘Eating the right foods supplies your skin with the nutrients it needs to produce new collagen, fight AGEs and look healthier and younger,’ Ms Fisher said.
Sugar can cause damaging molecules called Advanced Glycation End products (or AGEs) to form in skin, causing premature aging.
Here are the top culprits that are damaging your skin:
1. Rice Cakes
Rice cakes, like any other unnaturally white foods, are refined carbohydrates, broken down into sugar by the body. This in turn triggers destructive molecules called Advanced Glycation End products (or AGEs) to form
These sticky brown compounds stiffen the otherwise elastic fibres in the skin, creating lines, blotches and wrinkles.
2. Watermelons and Dates
High GI foods, such as watermelon, can have an effect on acne because of the hormonal fluctuations that are triggered
High GI foods cause a spike in hormone levels including insulin which is thought to instigate production of sebum – the oily substance which blocks pores, causing spots.
Milk is thought to affect acne because of the hormones it contains. A 2007 study carried out by Harvard School of Public Health found that there was a clear link between those who drank milk regularly and suffered with acne.
Interestingly, those who drank skimmed milk suffered with the worst breakouts, with a 44 per cent increase in the likelihood of developing blemishes. It is thought that processing the milk increases the levels of hormones in the drink.
4. Red Meat
Some experts believe red meat is linked to bad skin because it can increase levels of the male sex hormone testosterone in the body.
People who are more sensitive to testosterone are more likely to suffer breakouts.
This is because higher levels of the hormones lead to more skin cells growing, and more sebum being produced. This can, in turn, block pores and causes acne.
Studies have found high levels of alcohol consumption exacerbate the skin condition psoriasis, which often presents itself as reddish spots and patches covered with silvery scales.
It also causing bloating and dark circles under your eyes and can lead to wrinkles and premature ageing.
The skin may also become dry and flaky because booze causes dehydration, and alcohol also depletes vitamin C in the body’s tissues, so bruises will show up more clearly.