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.
What’s so bad about our deep-fried guilty pleasures? It might mean trouble for that glowing skin you crave, thanks to trans fats. Trans fatty acids (TFAs) are found in ruminant animal meat, milk, dairy fat and industrial hardened vegetable oils (e.g. margarine). Commercially processed foods, as well as the use of partially hydrogenated cooking fat, are the main contributors to our dietary intake of trans fat. High levels exacerbate chronic inflammatory processes and the oxidative damage that occurs over time from those deep fried doughnuts is detrimental to the DNA within the skin’s structural matrix, (like collagen) which plays a major role in skin appearance. Further, research in animal models suggests that a high intake of trans fat can leave skin more vulnerable to the sun’s UV rays, and thus, its role in wrinkle formation and photo aging.