29 Aug 6 Foods We Should Avoid For Flawless Skin & What Glycation Is
We all love to consume pizza, sugary treats, French fries and cappuccinos but can these foods and beverages do more harm than good to our skin when consumed in excess amounts? Continue reading to find out which foods to avoid or at least control to have a flawless skin.
1. Excess Caffeine
We hinge on caffeine to wake us up and get us through the day when we’re feeling tired. But there are some bad effects of excess caffeine consumption. Some people experience unwanted side effects like restlessness and sleep problems. When you aren’t getting enough sleep at night, you might be left with the appearance of fatigued, tired-looking skin. Since our skin manages any potential imbalances of moisture levels during sleep, lack of sleep can lead to dry skin. Dry skin boosts the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles. Fight against caffeine-related complexion issues by drinking similar amounts of water as your caffeinated drink intake. Perk up your skin with our anti-glycation Skin Tight Lifting Elixir!
2. Foods With A High-Glycemic Index
Research has shown that high-glycemic diets may aggravate acne. A diet with a low-glycemic index may perk up the appearance of acne symptoms. Foods with a high-glycemic index break down into simple carbohydrates; these comprise things such as high fructose corn syrup present in soda, white bread, cupcakes, and table sugar. Speaking of sugar……
Sugar causes glycation. When the sugar in your bloodstream attaches to proteins, it forms harmful molecules called advanced glycation end products (AGEs for short). The more sugar you eat, the more AGEs you develop. These substances cause skin to be wrinkled and cell structures to harden. If you think of the way arteries harden to cause coronary heart disease, a similar process takes place in the cells of the skin.
When sugar is contained naturally within food, such as in fruit, you’re also usually taking in a lot of fiber which slows the digestion of the sugar and causes less of an impact on blood sugar. Refined sugars are where the problems are.
Skin proteins most susceptible to glycation are collagen and elastin, the same ones that make a youthful skin plump and springy. When bonded with excess glucose, the type of sugar that fuels glycation, these normally resilient fibers become stiff and inflexible. This damage leads to an increase in fine lines and wrinkles. AGEs also interfere with the production of new collagen and elastin, making repair efforts difficult. While glycation can’t be completely stopped, it can be slowed and even reversed. Our GHK-Cu Copper Peptide Serum can really help!
4. Lunch Meat and Hot Dogs
Lunch meats and hot dogs are tasty for meat eaters (which I’m not) though they are infamous for their excessive sodium content. Consumption of too much sodium can lead to water retention, leaving your skin looking puffy, specially under the eyes. The recommendation of American Heart Association for adults is to consume no more than 1500 mg of sodium per day. Always consider the nutrition label for the sodium content. Our NCN Eye Fix is an anti-glycation product that reduces under eye puffiness and dark circles!
5. Alcohol (moderation is key!)
Alcohol is a diuretic which can contribute to the dehydration of the body and the skin as well. Excessive alcohol consumption leads to dull skin and wrinkles may be more visible due to dehydration. But, you don’t have to abstain from alcohol forever, but rather you limit. Moderate alcohol consumption for Americans is up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men. Keep your skin hydrated with our award winning anti-glycation DNA Serum.
6. Highly Processed Foods
Highly processed foods such as breakfast cereal, canned vegetables, processed cheese, bread, bacon, ham and microwave meals are extremely high in sodium. Furthermore, these foods may not have nourishing phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals. The combination of high sodium content and low water content in these foods can lead to dry, puffy skin. Go for a diet consist of fresh fruits and vegetables that provide your body with phytonutrients, vitamins, and adequate amount water. Our Multi-Active Peptide Matrixyl Serum 25% slows the glycation process!
You are what you eat. So, eating the right foods could lead your way to a clear, glowing skin that looks and feels great!