Find out which foods can hold you back from looking and feeling your best.
While staying on top of your skincare regimen is always a good idea, if you want to look and feel your best, it has to start from within. By drinking plenty of water, eating lots of fresh produce, getting enough sleep, and exercising on a regular basis, you can stay healthy and gain a glowing complexion at the same time. Wondering which foods are worth avoiding on your quest to younger-looking skin? We spoke to Rachel Swanson, MS, RD, LDN, who uncovered seven major offenders.
We usually associate alcohol with our liver health, but research has shown how detrimental it can be to our delicate skin tissue too. How does this damage occur? There is an increased production of reactive oxygen species (ROS), or free radicals, formed in various pathways when alcohol is metabolized. This can be problematic because it can lead to oxidative damage in our skin. Unfortunately, having fewer antioxidants concentrated in the skin provides less protection against UV light when spending time outdoors. This leaves us exposed to a greater risk of sunburn — a fast track to premature skin aging. If you don’t plan to stop enjoying your cocktails anytime soon, then make it a goal to counteract those oxidants with antioxidants! You should bolster up your internal sunscreen because a true anti-aging regimen should start from the inside. Quench those free radicals by choosing smart snacks like fruit, salad, and grilled veggies.