Skin problems and diets – how certain foods affect your skin11/03/2015
We all know the drill when it comes to keeping chocolate intake down to avoid sudden skin breakouts. But chocolate isn’t the only enemy when it comes to skin problems. Keeping up with a seaweed skincare routine will help keep your skin glowing, but for a perfect complexion, cutting down on some problem foods might be the natural approach you need!
Read on to discover the foods you should eat only in moderation, in order to keep your skin in tip top shape and to keep skin problems at bay.
White breads, pasta, cake and biscuits
Carbs have long been the enemy for most people trying to lose weight, but carbs with a high glycemic index are also doing your skin no favours. When you eat a lot of food with high GI (white bread, pasta), your glucose and insulin levels increase. This has been linked to acne, and those on low glycemic diets report 50% fewer incidents of acne.
That doesn’t mean you should avoid bread and pasta altogether though. You can switch to whole grain bread and pasta, which has the added benefits of being high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory.
Caffeine and Skin Problems
You may have heard that catching some shut eye does wonders for your skin, but doubling down on the caffeine to get through the work day is doing more than preventing you sleeping at night!
Caffeine is a diuretic and severely dehydrates you, drying out your skin something awful. Add in the higher levels of cortisol and you’re also at risk of prematurely aging your skin. Heading to bed a little earlier at night will do your skin far more good than that double espresso in the morning.
You can’t always help your salt intake, but where you can, you should avoid it. Not only will your heart thank you, but if you’ve been looking a little puffy lately, your skin might thank you too.
Salt causes your body’s tissues to swell, giving you that puffy, unhealthy look. This can also really aggravate acne if that’s something you already suffer from. Putting down the salt shaker will help, but more importantly, check the labels for salt levels on processed foods and snacks before you throw them in the trolley!
We know, we know – what sort of cruel world offers you sweet, delicious sugar, but makes it bad for you? But sugar really is one of the worst offenders for skin. It damages your collagen and elastin, the two things that keep you looking fresh and young. Too much sugar dulls your skin’s glow and, as the most aging food we consume, it’s doing your wrinkles no favours.
To add insult to injury, sugar weakens your immune system and stops your body fighting dastardly bacteria, leaving more and more toxins behind to wreak havoc on your skin.
If you’re craving sugar, the best we can advise is to satisfy your sweet tooth with natural sugars, like those found in fruits or nibble on a square of dark chocolate with a high cocoa content.
Reward yourself for healthy eating with a pamper session!
We know it’s tough changing your diet in an effort to improve your skin’s condition, so don’t forget to reward yourself with some pampering. You deserve a treat, just hopefully not a sugar-y one!
Seaweed may not appeal to your taste buds, but seaweed skincare works wonders on skin, and it’s a natural solution to boot. VOYA’s Maskerade seaweed-based moisturising mask is a real treat. Follow up with our Dream Crème, which is packed with algae extracts, for the ultimate skin pick-me-up.
Food products causing you breakouts?
Have you been suffering from food-related breakouts recently? We’d love to hear from you. Let us know what you’re cutting down on in the comments section below. For more tips on looking after your skin using seaweed skincare, follow us on Twitter @VOYABeauty or like us on Facebook today.