10 Worst foods for your skin that you should avoid
Care about your skin? Then you need to read about the foods that could be causing more harm to your skin than you realise. Most of us care about the way we look, and since our skin is our largest and most visible organ, it’s kinda important that we do what we can to look after it. Diet plays a crucial role in keeping us healthy but it also plays a starring role in how we look. Diet can strengthen or weaken hair and nails, and it can either give our skin a healthy glow – or it can age us super quick. There’s never been a truer saying, than “you are what you eat”. Let’s take a look at 10 unexpected foods that can be toxic for your skin.
Dairy, of course, has its benefits. Eggs are stuffed with protein, while milk is a good source of calcium. But we all know that there’s such a thing as too much of a good thing, and this is as true of dairy as it is anything else. Basically, too much dairy can cause cystic breakouts. What are these? A cystic breakout is a tough, rather sore blemish under your skin that lasts a long time. They’re usually found on your neck, on your jaw line or on your chin. They’re not cool but if you consume too much dairy, your body works extra hard to eliminate toxins. And unfortunately, these cystic blemishes get pushed out at the same time, and they tend to stick around.
The likes of lobster and crab might be a bit of an expensive luxury in some parts of the world, but they’re so rich in iodine that they can cause acne. If you love fish, consider getting your fix from the likes of salmon and tuna instead.
Caffeine is one of those foods which has pros and cons. For every article that tells you to drink it, there’s an article that tells you to avoid it. If you’re a coffee drinker, today is your unlucky day, as we’re here to tell you to cut down on it! The problem is that, while caffeine makes us more alert and focused, it also dehydrates us. And when this happens, our supply of collagen runs dry and our skins loses its elasticity. NOT COOL because what happens next is wrinkles start to form and our skin begins to sag. OH. If you’re a big coffee drinker, try to ween yourself off it and substitute cups of Joe for glasses of water, or simply limit your coffee intake for one cup a day.
Rice cakes really will be a surprise for some of you, because these are what super models used to eat all the time. They became well-known for being super SUPER low in calories, and anyone who ate them did so to lose weight. But here’s the thing: Why would supermodels eat something that’s bad for their skin!? Good question, and the answer is that they probably didn’t know that rice cakes were bad for their skin at the time! The science is this: Rice cakes cause a spike in our blood sugar levels, which in turn increases the likelihood of wrinkles.
This is bad news for vegans, but soy crops are heavily engineered. Moreover, soy is rich in compounds called phyto-oestrogens, which replicate the oestrogen found in our body. They can cause hormonal imbalance, which can trigger skin conditions.
Okay, so you know alcohol is pretty bad for your liver, but did you know that it’s also not exactly a friend of your skins? In fact, booze of any kind really hates your skin. It dehydrates you, which leaves your skin prone to fine lines and wrinkles, and it also messes with your hormones, which can cause acne. Worse, alcohol wrecks your immune system, which can create more skin issues. We’re not saying that you should cut alcohol out altogether, as clearly some folk drink wine and beer and still look good. But maybe cut back or just limit your drinking to the weekends.
First, we took alcohol away and now we’re taking away milk chocolate! Okay, we’re not taking it away completely, but whereas dark chocolate’s health benefits are well document, milk chocolate combines two very bad worlds – sugar with dairy, which are two of the worst foods for your skin. Although it tastes good, it’s bad for your skin. If you have a chocolate craving, go for the dark stuff instead, as it’s much more beneficial.
Unfortunately, yes. It might be a bit of a delicacy, it might be expensive and it might be a “treat” but sushi also hates your skin. Consider the roll itself. It contains salt, which is very bad for your skin. Then there’s rice which, as we mentioned earlier, causes spikes in your blood sugar levels. It can lead to dry skin and it can accelerate the ageing process. If you still want to eat sushi, we suggest drinking more water next time. Maybe do some facial exercise afterwards, too.
Okay, you can probably understand caffeine and booze being here but can you understand fruit juice being here or are you freaking out right now?! The thing with fruit juice is that, yes, it contains fruit and, yes, fruit is of course good for us! But whereas fruit contains fibre, fruit juice doesn’t. And this means that your skin is missing out on some pretty important nutrients, while getting floored with a load of sugar. The best thing to do is avoid fruit juices and instead either make your own smoothies at home using fruit and vegetables, or just eat whole fruits.
There are a lot of cereals on the market that, though they’re promoted as being super healthy and natural, actually aren’t. Granola is a huge case in point. Take a look at the list of ingredients on cereals and you’ll soon realise that there’s a lot of stuff in there that irritates your skin, causing itchiness and even acne. Avoid.
Feel free to share what are those worst foods for your skin that you simply love eating?