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6 Of Your Favorite Things that are Terrible for Your Skin

6 Of Your Favorite Things that are Terrible for Your Skin

Unfortunately, a lot of our favorite things are terrible for our skin. Being the largest organ in the body, our skin requires a large number of vitamins and nutrients to stay healthy.

This is why not only the type and the number of nutrients is important but also where we source our nutrients comes into play.

The proteins from cheeseburgers are not the same as grass-fed steak and the results of consistently poor diet sources not only start to show up on your waist but your face as well.

Read on as we ruin some of your favorite things.

Junk Food

We love ourselves a good burger or some pizza but our skin doesn’t. The occasional loaded fries won’t kill you but a diet that’s high saturated fat will do plenty of damage to your skin.

Fast food can lead to more frequent insulin spikes and rising blood pressure.

“Over time high insulin levels can make skin drier, thicker, and flakes of dry skin block pores.

ABC Health & Wellbeing

There is a growing amount of research suggesting there is a link between diet and pimples (or acne), says Melbourne dermatologist Dr George Varigos. But this is still not the standard view among dermatologists and more research is needed to confirm findings.

“Most 17 to 18-year-olds have pimples and it can extend into the 20s and 30s. More severe cases have a genetic basis but generally, apart from genetic factors, it’s environmental and is triggered by food.”

You get pimples when the pores in your skin are blocked. Your pores become blocked when small glands (sebaceous or oil glands) inside the pore become inflamed.

Making fast food a staple of your diet can have negative effects on your skin long-term.

This inflammation occurs when the sebaceous glands produce excess oil, are irritated by extra dead skin cells, or the pore is plugged, boosting bacteria.

Alcohol

Alcohol is a lot of fun, who hasn’t spent a few too many late nights at a brewery or whiskey bar, laughing away the evening? The problem is that alcohol is terrible for our skin.

Everyone will have a passing familiarity with the red-nosed drunk, whose overindulgence is plastered all over their face. Well that comes from broken blood vessels in the skin, as a result of chronic inflammation.

When we constantly drink, it causes our skin to become inflamed, which in the short term can make our cheeks look flushed. Long term though, chorionic inflammation can lead to a skin condition referred to rosacea.

 

In more severe cases, the nose and cheeks can take on a purple hue and start to become severely disfigured as they become more bulbous.

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Outside of inflation, alcohol can also lead to dehydrated skin. When our skin is constantly dehydrated, it can lead to fine lines more easily developing into wrinkles.

Once wrinkles have developed, they can be minimised but never fully removed. This means that consistent drinking will lead you to look older than you are. Period.

 

Alcohol consumption also goes hand in hand with a lack of sleep or at best poor sleep, which neatly brings us to our next point.

Staying Up Late

When we talk about sleep, what can often be overlooked is the effects it can have on your skin.

Some of the most obvious signs of a poor night’s sleep come from our skin. From dark circles under the eyes to dull lifeless skin on our face.

As the largest organ in the body, our skin relies on a good nights sleep and no amount of moisturiser or serum is going to offset the damage caused by constant poor sleep.

A lack of sleep one night is bad for our skin but constant poor sleep? This is terrible for our skin.

The Circadian rhythms dictate how our body acts biologically during the day and night. Essentially how the body’s biological clock responds to light and dark [1]

Sleep is crucial for your skin’s health.

During the day, our skin is working hard to protect us from the damage that can be incurred by the external environment.

Things like UV rays, free radicals and pollution all have the potential to do our skin harm, so it’s primary focus throughout the day is protection.

At night, our skin has a chance to recover and work to release hormones that can repair any damage done throughout the day.

The first thing to note is that Melatonin is produced when we sleep. Melatonin is crucial for the maintenance and upkeep of our skin.

It ‘contains powerful anti-aging properties. Several studies have revealed that melatonin is crucial in mitigating the clinical signs of skin aging.’[2]

It goes on to say ‘Melatonin is a molecule that can break through lipid skin barriers, reduce oxidative stress, modify mitochondria function, reduce inflammation, and affect the expression of certain genes.

Consequently, melatonin has excellent beneficial anti aging effects on the skin, whose visible expression is a reduction in wrinkle formation.’[3]

Melatonin is produced when our optic nerve singles that it’s nighttime. That’s why sleep for your skin is so important, this wonder molecule won’t be produced during the day and is at it’s most effective during the evening.

Coffee

Coffee makes the world go around. It is one of the most widely consumed drinks in the world.

Worldwide we consume about 150 million bags of coffee a year, that’s almost 10 million tons.

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The caffeine content of coffee is a diuretic, meaning it affects how much water our body can retain. This is a problem for our skin, as water retention is what gives our skin bounce and glow.

Hydrated skin is firmer, recovers from wounds quicker and is overall healthier looking.

On the other hand, dehydration is terrible for our skin, as it leaves it looking grey and dull, more prone to producing wrinkles and can leave scars from even minor cuts.

Coffee Can Dehydrate skin

This is not only due to dehydration but also coffees effect on blood flow to the skin. The reduced circulation of blood vessels as a result of coffee.

We’ve spoken before about blood flow and it’s importance to overall skin health, so it’s important to note that coffee has been shown to reduce the circulation of blood vessels in our skin.

”When caffeine makes the blood vessels in our bodies narrower, this leaves less room for blood flow which, in turn, raises blood pressure.  ”

Vascular Health Clinics

Reduced blood flow means there can be a build of waste products in and free radicals in our skin, leading from simple dull skin to adult acne.

So, we can already hear you.

‘Give me coffee or give me death!”

Mornings are hard enough without coffee, we get it. Instead of entirely cutting coffee, look to reduce it’s impact overall. Have a coffee-free day or two each week, replacing it with tea instead.

The type of coffee you have can have a big impact on it’s effects, look to remove another skin killer, sugar, from your coffee wherever possible.

Sugar

The damage sugar can do has been well documented, with too much sugar leading to chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, cancer, fatty liver and heart disease. 

On top of all this, sugar is outright terrible for your skin, as it causes damage from the inside.

Continued excess sugar consumption spikes your blood sugar level, this can lead to a process known as glycation, where sugar permanently bonds to key proteins in your body. 

These proteins are elastin and Collagen, these two proteins bind cells and tissue together. Think of collagen as smoothing your skin and elastin as helping your skin recover to it’s normal state after being pulled or stretched. 

So why is sugar bonding to these proteins bad? The altered proteins can no longer function properly and this results in sagging, dry and wrinkled. More commonly known as premature aging.

This also leaves your skin much more vulnerable to environmental stress such as sun and free radicals, which will further damage your skin.

This should come as no surprise but diet is going to be the game-changer here. The easiest step to get you started is to lower your artificial foods. This can include things like baked goods, lollies, ice cream etc.

The next would be to drink water over soft drinks., as soft drinks contain huge amounts of processed sugar.

If you are going to consume sugar, look to get your fix from naturally occurring sources, such as fruit. Take our earlier example of an apple vs apple juice. While an apple still has empty calories from fructose, it also contains Fiber, Vitamin C & K, as well as potassium.

This ensures that your body is being fulled by vitamins and nutrients and not just sugar and artificial sweeteners that can be found in even the healthiest of apple juices.

Smoking

We saved the most obvious for last.

We all know smoking is bad for your health but did you know it’s bad for your face?

Long shown in Hollywood films as making you look cool, smoking actually, as in physically, makes you look terrible. Smoking cigarettes is guaranteed to make you look older than you really are and is just plain terrible for your skin.

”Smoking hasn’t affected my skin” Steve 32

Smoking stops our skin from being able to absorb oxygen and nutrients, as a result, smokers develop an uneven skin tone, leaving their skin pale and unhealthy looking.

Smoking also actively destroys collagen, which is the building block of our skin. Without collagen, our skin loses it’s strength and elasticity.

This makes our skin more vulnerable to pollution and free radicals, resulting in more wrinkles and tighter, dryer skin.

Vaping has also been shown to have some health concerns for our skin. A dermatologist for allure.com found

He has seen patients who don’t smoke — but do vape — show up with symptoms similar to those of smokers. “Every time you light up a cigarette, you’re decreasing the oxygen supply to your face,” says Downie. “Every time you vape, you’re also decreasing the oxygen supply to your face.”

allure.com

Just like regular cigarettes, if deprive our skin of oxygen, we are depriving it of valuable nutrients. Just like normal cigarettes, this is going to lead to skin that looks older than and should and no amount of moisturisers can reverse that damage.

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