What you eat affects your skin—for better or worse. While a few indulgences won’t age you overnight, a continuously poor diet can speed up the aging process of your skin over time.
Here are 8 foods that make us look older.
“Caffeine is like any other diuretic; it can make you excrete fluid, and deplete your body of moisture”, says Dr. Hirsch. “Anything dehydrating can dehydrate your skin, making it look dull and aged”.
2. Sugared lemon juice
According to experts, lemonade could damage the enamel of your teeth. Keep in mind to sip a mouthful of water after drinking lemonade, wait at least an hour before brushing your teeths and, last but not least, don’t add sugar to your lemon juice to avoid tooth plaque.
3. Black tea
People who drink tea often can have stained teeth due to the high tannin content. However, a study published in the Journal of Dental Hygiene reveals that the casein in milk reduces the risk of tooth stains, while the citric acid contained in the lemon makes your enamel more porous and your teeth more vulnerable to stains.
4. Processed meat
Sausages, bacon, Vienna sausages and so on. “Many of these meats have sulfites and other preservatives, which can trigger inflammation in the skin, and accelerate the appearance of aging”, says Ostad. They also tend to contain large amounts of salt.
5. Charred meat
Black chars on grilled meat contain pro-inflammatory hydrocarbons, which could cause the collagen of your skin to be damaged, Ostad explains. You don’t necessarily need to avoid barbecuing, but, in any case, you should make sure you scrape off the black chars and clean the grill when you’re finished.
When people consume more sugar than their cells can synthetize, excess sugar molecules bond with proteins and trigger a process that can affect the skin collagen (the protein that keeps the skin elastic and youthful). Also, sugar damages teeth causing tooth decay and discoloration.
“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,” says Dr. Ostad. Alcohol is also bad for your sleep because it dehydrates. “Inadequate sleep is linked to wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, and reduced skin elasticity”.
8. Salty foods
Salty foods retain water and cause a “puffy” look. It is advisable to season with little salt and go for fresh foods, rather than preserved or pre-cooked foods.