Society has always valued looking youthful, healthy, and fresh. We use lots of moisturizers and wrinkle creams to maintain smooth and bright skin, take supplements for energy and focus, and exercise like we’re training for a decathlon. Taking those steps can help maintain a superficial glow, but the truth is that the best moisturizer money could buy may not outrun the hands of time. You need to care for yourself inside and out.
We’ve discussed the positive impact food can have on your appearance before. From DIY facial masks you can make from kitchen staples to consuming the right foods for healthy hair and skin, we’ve covered it all. So it makes sense that certain foods could have the opposite desired effect, and age you faster than you may care to believe.
Dr. Karyn Grossman, a board-certified dermatologist who specializes in cosmetic dermatology, says that certain foods’ properties work against the skin. The most common negative effects food has are draining skin of luster, vibrancy, and elasticity.
For instance, your morning cup of coffee may perk you up, but it can physically bring you down. Unfortunately, that habit can cause dehydration and make a person look older and more haggard. Sweets, while delicious, are another guilty party in the aging game. You want your wrinkles to go away? Put down the candy bar and pick up a glass of water.
Grossman shared with us some foods to avoid if you want to keep that healthy glow.
“Alcohol causes your body to become dehydrated. When you are dehydrated, it causes your skin to have less luster and can accentuate fine lines. Alcohol can also lead to some extra pounds, as well as contribute to puffiness around the eyes, making existing bags look worse or creating bags you don’t normally have. Some feel that alcohol stresses the body, raising the cortisol levels, which can add to extra weight around the facial area.”
“Salt increases water retention and contributes to puffy eyes; as mentioned above, it accentuates existing bags and can create bags you don’t have. Salt can also lead to puffy upper eyelids, making them appear heavier.”