We all know there are certain foods that aren’t so good for our health, but did you know that some foods actually speed the aging process giving you premature lines and wrinkles? It’s true. When we eat certain foods the effects of those foods can show up on our faces in the way of lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone and even dryness.
So let’s get started -- what are the foods that can cause our skin to prematurely age?
1. Fried Foods
They damage your heart health and your skin because they are typically coated with trans fats. These fats clog arteries that causes the skin to stiffen rather than being pliable and soft. Additionally, when food is fried in trans fats at high heat, hydrocarbons are produced which causes the inflammatory processes to flare and break down collagen.
Sugar causes the process called glycation which breaks down the collagen in skin. A lack of collagen is known to cause skin to sag and allow fine lines and wrinkles to appear.
3. Breads, Refined Cereals and Simple Carbohydrates
Simple or refined carbs are nothing more than sugars masquerading as real food. They damage collagen and elastin, and can lead to skin inflammation. Instead, opt for whole grains like whole wheat, brown rice and oats.
The sulfites and nitrates in processed meats like hot dogs, bacon, sausage and cold cuts can lead to skin inflammation, which weakens collagen. These meat products also tend to be high in sodium, causing puffiness, bloating and dehydration.
5. Grilled Foods
If you grill your food on your outdoor grill, you may want to rethink your cooking method. Cooked over gas or charcoal, these foods are loaded with hydrocarbons (especially in those black sear marks). Carbons can lead to inflammation, which damages collagen and causes wrinkles.
A healthy liver means healthy skin. When your liver is functioning well, toxins that could potentially affect the skin are expelled naturally through your body. But if toxins build up in your liver, and aren't broken down properly, your skin can develop a variety of issues, like acne, sallowness, and wrinkles. Also, alcohol is dehydrating and bad for your sleep, which was associated with accelerated aging. Not getting your shut eye is linked to wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, and reduced skin elasticity.
So what’s a girl to do? While we know these things can cause accelerated aging (among other problems) we both know we are going to eat them sometimes anyway. Luckily, we have a solution. That’s where Theraderm’s OPC Reparative Serum comes into play. Packed with antioxidants that are 20 times more effective than Vitamin C and 50 times more powerful than Vitamin E as free radical scavengers, OPC combats the effects of these foods on your skin. Applied twice a day, OPC Reparative Serum will repair damage to the collagen caused by inflammation, leaving skin feeling stronger and healthier. The best part is -- it is a lightweight serum so it fits perfectly into your skin care routine.