Growing up, there were a few phrases that most of us heard our mothers say all the time: “Be home by 9,” “Be nice to your sister,” and “Get out of the cookie jar or you’ll get a pimple.” We might not have listened then (on more than one account), but recent studies show that Mom might have been right with that last bit of wisdom.
The market is rich right now with superfood-infused products (to eat and for your skin), like collagen face masks and antioxidant “smoothie boosters,” that can make your skin look and feel younger. But there are also a number of foods you should avoid if you’re looking to keep wrinkles, age spots, acne, and other skin issues at bay.
White Bread, Pasta, and Rice (Oh My)
We might have just listed your three favorite foods (hey, no judgment here), but foods with a high glycemic index are not only linked to acne breakouts but they’re also associated with premature aging. High blood sugar levels (which can be triggered by foods with a high glycemic index) affects our hormones, leading to breakouts. It also triggers a process called glycation, where sugar molecules attach to collagen in the skin. This causes the collagen to harden and break apart, making wrinkles and fine lines more pronounced. We’d never tell you to give up bread for good (we love our carbs, too), but if you’re eating for your skin, stick to whole grains rather than processed flour.
Over-the-Top Milkshakes, Big Gooey Cookies…
…Basically, all of the sweet stuff you see on your Instagram feed (looking at you, colorful plate of macarons). Once again, high blood sugar levels can break down collagen and elastin, giving your skin a dull, crepey appearance over time. But it can also cause hormone changes and inflammation that lead to acne breakouts. Everyone deserves an ice cream cone now and then, but remember: everything in moderation.
Your Morning Coffee
If it gets you out of bed, keep drinking it. But try alternating your morning espresso shots with a big glass of water. Coffee acts as a diuretic, causing you to dehydrate quickly. And when your skin cells lose water, you’re going to lose that I-woke-up-like-this glow and plumpness. That means your fine lines, like the ones under your eyes, are bound to be more obvious.
Yogurt, Cereal, and Cappuccinos
Dairy gets a lot of flack for being bad for your skin, but the truth is, there isn’t enough data to say for sure one way or the other. So far, studies have shown a correlation between dairy and acne but not causation.
Eating right is not only important for your overall health, but it can make a big impact on your skin. Our staff has some great tips to help you make smart choices when it comes to foods and your skincare, as well as other important insight to help you look and feel your best. Experience the difference that our team here at DCA can make to your skincare experience when you schedule an appointment at 337-235-6886.