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We all try hard to maintain the glow on our skin. Going for a facial, eating the right type of foods, applying healthy face packs and washing the face regularly is a basic skin care routine. However, few silly mistakes can damage your skin and make you look dull and dark.
It is a true saying that, you are what you eat and your appearance reflects your diet clearly. If you eat healthy foods, you will be healthy and good looking too. However, eating unhealthy food and maintaining a bad lifestyle definitely affects your skin as well. There are few foods that can be harmful for your skin. A poor diet increases the production of inflammatory chemicals on the skin that leads to skin problems like acne, blemishes etc. An improper diet also increases the signs of ageing.
So, closely watch out what you eat. There are few foods that are bad for your skin. According to experts and researchers, the below foods damage the skin.
Foods that are bad for the skin:
Shellfish is rich in iodine and this can be harmful for your skin. Iodine rich diet is very bad for the skin as it leads to dehydration and acne.
Foods rich in high glycemic index like white bread, white pasta, potato chips etc increases your blood sugar levels and affect the skin. High glycemic index is also associated with acne breakouts.
Fried foods are very bad for the skin as it clogs pores, leads to acne, increases bacteria build-up and causes flaky skin. As they are rich in trans fats, dried food digest slowly and this increases toxins in the body.
It dehydrate the body and makes you look dull and dry. Caffeine increases cortisol (stress hormone) which speeds up ageing process and damages the skin. Moreover, caffeine thins the skin. To have a healthy and glowing skin, have hydrating foods like watermelon, lettuce and cucumber.
Dairy products especially milk is considered bad for skin. Many cows are being fed hormones to keep lactating year around. These hormones increases acne, breakouts by increasing the production of estrogen.
Excessive salt consumption is one of the causes behind puffy eyes. Swelling under the eyes is due to dehydration and can also increase the formation of fine lines.
If your blood sugar level shoots up, your skin starts looking bad. This is because high sugar content in the body affects tissues like collagen, thus weakens the skin. So, avoid artificial sweeteners and starchy foods.
Red meat is considered as one of the most harmful foods for skin. Although red meat is very good for the health ue to its richness in iron, vitamins and calcium, you can replace red meat with fava beans, carrots and spinach.
They are not only high in sugar but, in fats too. Candy bars are bad for skin as well as teeth as it increases the growth of bacteria in the gums.
It is a diuretic; the more you drink, the more dehydrated you become. It also takes away moisture from the skin thus making it look dull and dry.
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