Foods That Age You Beyond Your Years

Youthful looking skin is something we’d all love to have. You likely have a daily routine of caring for your skin including moisturizers, exfoliators, face wash, night cream and more. Aside from what we can do on the outside, the health and appearance of our skin also comes from how well we take care of the inside.

Here’s what you should avoid eating to evade any additional aging to your skin:

Sweets. From sweet and tasty cakes to sugary candies, too much sugar in your body can wreak a lot of havoc. Excess amounts of sugar can tear down collagen in the skin, among many other negative effects that go on inside of your body. That’s not to say never to enjoy a slice of pie, but if it’s part of your everyday life, it’s time to try to lessen the load.

Overly salty foods. When you eat convenience foods and processed items, you intake more sodium than you would sprinkle on if you were cooking it yourself. That excess sodium makes you retain water, leaving you appearing puffy and swollen. The good news is that topical products with caffeine can help alleviate that, but you should start reading labels for sodium content to prevent issues from the inside out.

Excessive alcohol. A glass of wine won’t do you harm, but keeping alcohol at a minimum will do wonders for your skin. Regular alcohol consumption can cause your liver to gather build up which will leave your skin sallow, resulting in breakouts and wrinkles.

Too much caffeine. Because caffeine is a diuretic, it expels fluids from you more rapidly, dehydrating your body. When your body is dehydrated, it shows in your skin first. However, you don’t have to give up your cup of joe in the morning. Coffee has helpful antioxidants in it which are beneficial, but you can counter the  dehydration by simply drinking more water throughout the day.

On the outside, take care of your skin by looking for products with hyaluronic acid, which can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water and keep skin hydrated and replenished. By watching what you eat and using proper skincare, you’ll keep your skin looking fabulous for ages.

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