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Skin and Food – Five types of food that could be ruining your complexion

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We all know that using the right natural skincare product/s are vital when it comes to maintaining a healthy-looking complexion. To ensure that your skin lives up to its full potential, however, it is a good idea to consider the ways in which food in your diet may be impacting your skin.

To help you out, we’ve put together a few food items that could be detrimental to your complexion:

White bread, white pasta, and other carbohydrates

Simple carbohydrates such as sugary drinks, white bread, white pasta, or biscuits will cause your blood sugar levels to quickly spike. Sugar that is not processed by the liver can enter your collagen. This may be identified as harmful by the body and therefore eliminated. This can cause inflammation and breakouts, as well as speeding up the rate at which wrinkles appear! If you’re a sugar addict, try weaning yourself off with natural, sugar-free sweeteners.

Yoghurt, cheese, and lattes

There is much anecdotal evidence that dairy foods can cause acne. Although evidence is not conclusive, it may be worth testing whether dairy has any effect on your skin by cutting it out for a few weeks and assessing whether your complexion improves at all.

Coffee

Coffee is a diuretic, meaning it flushes water out of the body, potentially causing skin cells to lose moisture and causing a sallow complexion. If you’re committed to your morning coffee, try to make up for the fluid loss by drinking a couple of glasses of water immediately afterwards.

Alcohol

Alcohol is another beverage that can seriously dry out the skin. If you do happen to slip up and have a few too many drinks. Remember to treat your skin with a natural moisturising product in the morning.

Milk chocolate

Chocolate is often demonised as the enemy of skin health. For milk chocolate, this is for good reason as the sugars contained in it can lead to a whole host of skin issues. It is worth noting, however, that dark chocolate does not carry the same detrimental properties. If you’re looking for a delicious pick-me-up, opt for chocolate with a cocoa percentage of 70 or more.

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