5 Foods That Your Skin Hates

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Welcome back Goldenbelles! A few weeks back we covered the topic of eating healthy foods that your skin absolutely love (if you haven’t, check it out here). Since now you know your important do’s, today we will show you ladies on the critical dont’s. Here’s our top picks on foods (and drinks) you should avoid for better skin, with their alternatives:
  1. Alcohol
Wines, especially reds, may be touted as a good source of antioxidants, but alcohol is actually worse for your skin when it comes to acne and anti-aging. Alcohol is jam-packed with sugar, which drives blood sugar levels to the roof and contributes to aging by depleting collagen. Not to mention that it is dehydrating - preventing your skin from retaining moisture and may cause dark circles to appear around your eyes (unless you want to be a panda), and your skin will start to resemble a leather bag.

Once a while is fine, but if you really have to go out for a night’s drink with your friends, try sticking with clear spirits, which are lower in sugar, mixed with hydrating coconut water (or just drink enough water).

  1. Milk
Milk or other dairies are pro-inflammatory foods that can aggravate or worsen existing inflammatory skin conditions, such as acne, rashes, and eczema. To add with that, milk may contain growth hormones and antibiotics that tips off your body’s natural hormonal balance. In particular, excess estrogen (the female growth hormone) in your system is suspected to contribute to hormonal cystic acne, although this is yet to be fully confirmed.
Replace dairy with unsweetened nut milk, such as coconut milk, almond milk, and cashew milk. These alternatives are hormone, antibiotic and lactose-free, and have less of a negative impact on your liver and digestion.



  1. Coffee
It’s not actually the coffee, but the caffeine instead. Studies have shown regular caffeine consumption can increase your cortisol levels, which can impact your skin by causing inflammation, and throwing the rest of your hormones a bit cray-cray. A better solution to you coffee-lovers would be decaf, or better yet, herbal teas like dandelion or burdock root which also promotes detoxification.

  1. Fast Food
Most fast food items are deep-fried in refined vegetable oils, such as canola oil and peanut oil, and loaded with trans-fats. While vegetable oils may sound healthy (they do contain the word “vegetable” after all) they can worsen skin conditions because they’re extremely high in omega-6 fatty acids. Before we go further, it is important to note that omega-6 is essential for your growth and brain function, but being a pro-inflammatory agent, too much of it can cause unwanted skin conditions. Not to mention that omega-6 acids when exposed to high temperature (like deep-frying) can form free radicals which destroy our cells and accelerating premature aging.

Avoid deep fried foods altogether by eating healthy protein bars, nuts, seeds, fruit and vegetables instead. Or just grab a healthy smoothie or a bowl of salad when in a rush.

  1. Salt
Salt is capable of retaining a lot of water (as well as other nasty fluids).  We know, salt tastes darn good, there’s no debate about that, but having too much in your diet is bad for both your skin and heart.

An overabundance of sodium can lead to high blood pressure, and with a lack of adequate blood flow on top of fluid retention, your skin will look dried out. If you know someone who always has bags under their eyes, it’s likely because of too much sodium in their diet in addition to fluid retention. You can top off your foods with a hint of salt, but processed foods should be avoided at all costs.

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