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10 Foods That Speed Up Aging and Make You Look Older

An innocent cupcake with a fragrant cup of coffee that you enjoyed this morning, or a nourishing sandwich with salami you had for lunch might seem harmless to you at first. Though, many products have negative effects on our body. Sugars, unhealthy fats, excessive salt, alcohol, and even caffeine can destroy important proteins and dehydrate us, and our skin is the first to suffer.

The Bright Side team tries their best to eat healthy, and we’ve decided that it’s time to present our readers with a list of 10 products that have a bad influence on our skin and should be eaten with a sense of caution.

1. Sugar destroys protein and lipids.

Sugar is responsible for weight gain, creating wrinkles, making your skin saggy, and harming your health in general. Eating too much sugar starts a process that called glycation: consuming more sugar that you can process makes glycose bind with proteins and lipids. This process damages your skin’s collagen (because these proteins are responsible for the firmness of the skin) and encourages the development of wrinkles.

2. Trans fats weaken the blood flow to the skin.

Trans fats can be found in fast food, deep fried foods, margarine, canned frosting, any junk food, and the list goes on and on. Not only do they raise the risk of developing heart disease, but they also stiffen the arteries or constrict the blood vessels. This weakens the blood flow to the skin and causes premature aging and wrinkles.

Don’t believe the packages with labels that say, “Zero trans fats” because the products inside might still contain under 0.5g of it.

3. Alcohol builds up toxins.

A rare glass of wine won’t do any harm to your body, but drinking regularly will affect your liver. When your liver works well, toxins are expelled naturally through your body. But if these toxins build up in your liver, and they aren’t broken down properly, it can cause damage to your skin, like acne, sallowness and wrinkles, loss of collagen, loss of elasticity, redness, dehydration, and puffiness.

4. Low consumption of healthy fats

Healthy fats are essential for your health and your skin’s youthfulness. They reduce inflammation in the skin, encourage hair growth, and build strong cell membranes that reduce water loss in the skin cells, among other advantages.

Here are the healthy fats that should be consumed regularly to maintain healthy skin:

  • Salmon
  • Chia seeds
  • Avocados
  • Almonds
  • Wheat germ
  • All nuts and seeds
  • Dark green leafy veggies
  • Omega 3-fortified eggs
  • Coconut oil

5. Salt makes you retain water.

Excess salt can be found in a lot of popular products: cheese, pepperoni pizza, chips, crackers, cereals, etc. Salt causes the body to retain water and leads to a “puffy” look. It also causes the cells to shrink and leads to dehydration. Not enough water leaves the skin with wrinkles and, as a result, makes it age faster.

6. Processed meats cause dehydration.

Loved by many, sausages, bacon, and deli meat contain a lot of salt and preservatives. The consumption of processed meats leads to dehydration and triggers inflammation. Moreover, these products reduce vitamin C in the body, which is important for collagen formation. Try to swap processed meat with chicken or turkey instead. If it seems a bit too hard for you, just try to eat just less of it and add some veggies to your sandwich.

7. Charred meat harms the skin.

Black char on your meat may contain pro-inflammatory hydrocarbons, which are very inflammatory to the body. This can break down essentials for your skin like collagen, which leads to an aged appearance. Though, there is no need to give up on BBQ with your friends, just make sure that you remove the black char from your meat.

8. Fried potatoes use up important minerals from your body.

Potatoes almost instantly break down into sugars once they get inside of our bodies. Foods fried in oil at high temperatures release free radicals and this causes cellular damage to the skin. If you want to enjoy your potato in the most harmless way — bake it!

9. Coffee and caffeinated drinks leave your skin dry.

Caffeine is a diuretic, which makes you excrete fluid and creates a lack of moisture in your body. This makes your skin dry and fragile. But luckily this problem can be solved: just drink an extra glass of water for each cup of coffee you consume. Also, don’t forget to hydrate your skin.

10. Spicy foods cause redness and puffiness.

Spicy foods can cause rosacea on your skin since it dilates the blood vessels. This, in turn, can cause skin to look red, blotchy, and less youthful. There is nothing bad about eating something spicy occasionally, but regular flare-ups could lead to spider veins, puffiness, and/or permanent redness.

Bonus: Products that keep your skin young

Here is a list of the best products that will help you keep your skin looking fresh and young:

  • Pomegranates: contain vitamins and antioxidants, help fight off sun damage.
  • Extra virgin olive oil: contains omega 3 and fatty acids that are good for the skin.
  • Blueberries: are rich in antioxidants, they help to keep blood vessels elastic and lower blood pressure.
  • Green tea: helps to prevent oxidative damage to your skin from UV radiation.
  • Green leafy vegetables: like spinach and kale are anti-inflammatory vegetables that fight against aging and are packed with vitamins K, A, C, and E.
  • Fatty fish: like salmon, tuna, sardines, and mackerel are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids that reduce inflammatory conditions.
  • Water: plays the most important role in fighting the aging process. Drink it to keep your organs and joints functioning well, to support your metabolic processes, and to hydrate your skin.

Eating healthy is not easy sometimes! Did we mention any of your favorite products here? Will it be easy for you to reduce sugar and salt consumption? Share with us in the comment section!

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