What foods to stay away from this summer

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We spend all the months leading up to summer working on the perfect body only to devour the best of foods during the hot months. We can’t be blamed of course, who says ‘no’ to yummy, greasy, cheesy food? Our tummies absolutely love it, our skin, not so much! We’re sure you’ve heard that greasy and sugary foods cause you to breakout, its been the talk of the town for years now, but do you have a list of what to stay away from this summer? No? We got you!

It’s not a secret that keeping yourself hydrated quenches your skin’s thirst allowing it to glow in the gloomiest of days. Fruits and vegetables have high water content that not only fills you up and aids your digestive system, it also helps in keeping your skin clear. Some people like fruit bowls and smoothies while others need convincing to step away from greasy burgers! Either way, knowing how these foods can help your skin, might convince you to include them more frequently into your diet especially during the summer.

The number one on the list, and the one you’d probably make the most fuss about, is alcohol. Summer vacation is when school is out, children go to summer camps and have sleepovers while adults enjoy beers and fried food, right? It’s not like we sit there going, “hmm, I wonder how this will affect my skin?” Drinking although a great past time once in a while, can honestly affect your skin negatively. Moderate amounts are alright of course! Alcohol is a diuretic which means that it makes you urinate a lot more than usual. Putting common sense to use, if your body is losing water, it gets dehydrated by the minute leaving your skin dry. Dryness gives the appearance of aged and rough skin, and the longer your body stays dehydrated, the worse it is for your skin.

Next on the list, is sugar and salt! Sugar, although a part of foods both cooked and processed, can wreak havoc on skin if eaten in too much quantity. Sugar is actually said to have an affect on the immune system of your body – it weakens it. When your immune system is not functioning at its optimum, your skin cells aren’t doing their best at fighting off any germs it comes in contact with, therefore causing breakouts. Limiting the amount of sugar in the foods you eat, at least the meals you cook yourself, would help your skin out.

The quantity of salt present in your body directly affects the amount of water you retain, not to mention it also affects the way your heart functions. When it comes to skin, too much salt can result in retaining too much water causing puffiness of the face – especially your eyes.

Now to one of the main culprits, fast food! We all love our burgers, hot dogs, fries and pizzas but the amount of oil and grease present in these foods can result  in dreaded pimples.

Pasta, in all its glory is one of the most yummiest carbs on the planet! No matter the protein present in it though, too much of it is still unhealthy. High in the glycemic index, besides increasing the fat in your body, it causes unhealthy skin (due to stretching resulting in wrinkles, unwanted lines and older looking skin) omit . Instead of consuming carbs in high quantities, try incorporating whole grain products into your diet and see the wonders it does for your skin.

We understand that people have many responsibilities and not enough sleep, and caffeine is everyone’s go to. Caffeine causes your skin to look as though it is thinning giving it a dull appearance. The hormone cortisol is released during stressful moments, and this hormone is also released when the body has too much caffeine – cortisol is researched to result in skin becoming paler and looking more aged .

Obviously, these are not the only products that cause ill effects to skin, but there are some of the most common things that you should stay away from. All of these are to be meant to be had in moderation, it doesn’t mean you have to completely remove them from your diet – that’s not good either. Balancing the frequency of them in your diet, is the point. Your skin is very precious and regardless of the type of skin you have, it is sensitive in some aspects. It is also affected by almost everything – what you eat and drink, what products you use, and even weather conditions. Granted all of this is hard to keep track of, but if you’d like to honestly take care of your skin, nutrition is one of the main things that should be kept in mind.