When it comes to fitness and general health there are certain foods that should be avoided or just enjoyed in moderation, and this is the same when it comes to the general health of your skin. To keep your skin in tip-top condition it’s best to avoid consuming too much of the following foodstuffs…
Too Much Salt
Too much salt in the body means that fluid is retained, which can cause swelling and even give your skin a puffed-up look. Consuming too much salt is not just down to adding salt to your food; salt can often be disguised in tinned foods and ready meals, so remember to check the daily intake advice on the labels of all foodstuffs.
Of course, too little salt can also be damaging to your health, so don’t cut it out completely. Salt can also lead to dehydration. People with too much salt in their diet will often feel very thirsty throughout the day which is very uncomfortable, so it’s generally good for your health and well-being to limit your salt intake.
We all know that eating excess sugar is bad for your teeth, but sugar can also affect your skin; this is because it’s highly acidic. Sugar can cause inflammation of the skin as it means that the volume of blood sugar in your blood will rise, then quickly fall. This can then lead to break outs, dehydration, problematic skin and premature aging such as enhanced wrinkles. It’s not unknown for too much sugar to cause rashes and redness of the skin.
Too Much Caffeine
Too much caffeine can lead to skin problems as it causes dehydration of the skin, which can lead to uncomfortable, dry skin that can peel and feel sore during the cold – this occurs due to the depletion of water caused by too much caffeine. Drinking too much caffeine, such as coffee, some teas, energy drinks and other caffeinated beverages, can have negative effects. However, many skin care products actually contain caffeine. Like everything, caffeine should be enjoyed in moderation.
Too much alcohol is bad for the body, especially the liver. Alcohol actually inhibits the anti-diuretic hormone which leads to dehydration; this can lead to dry skin and increase loss of water through the skin. This can cause premature aging and wrinkles. So, to avoid this, make sure that you don’t drink too much alcohol. Recommended units are:
- Women: 2-3 units a day
- Men: 3-4 units a day
2-3 units accounts for around 175ml of wine, whereas 3-4 units accounts for not much more than one pint of strong cider or beer.
So think about your diet – do you indulge in too much of one of the list above? If so, seriously consider cutting down. You don’t have to remove it from your diet completely, however by moderating what you eat, you’re sure to feel much better inside and out! If you feel your skin is suffering, take a look at our extensive product list we’re certain to have a treatment to help you.
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