The expression “you are what you eat” is a cliché because it is true. The worse food you put in your body, the worse you will feel. People usually associate unhealthy food with weight gain, but skin damage comes before the extra inches around the waistline.
“If one night before bed you’re eating a lot of processed foods that is high in sodium and trans fat, your skin will look bad the next morning,” Deborah Malkoff-Cohen, registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator, says. Other factors also play a role but not as much as what goes into your body.
“You have one set of skin and teeth, so you have to take care of them,” Malkoff adds.
The most important factor for a glowing and healthy skin is hydration. Avoiding everything that sucks the water out of your skin is crucial and replaces them with healthier options. Don’t fill up on refined sugar, complex carbs and processed foods.
If you are not sure whether you have a sugar addiction or a really poor diet, keep a diary, Malkoff suggests. “A lot of people forget little things like chewing gum or eating a cookie, but they can be the culprit,” she adds.
Unhealthy eating habits lead to inflammation, which causes oxidative stress, which is imbalance between the production of free radicals and the ability of the body to detoxify their harmful effects, making you look older.