Above: Sheetal Rawal, scientist (human genetics) & founder of Apsara Skin Care
By: Marty S.
Getting glowing, ageless skin is a goal many of us want to achieve as quickly as possible, but in order to accomplish that, we often don’t realize how much work it takes to get there. Of course, you’ll need to use your daily skin care routine, but it might not be enough. Sometimes, we have to look beyond what we’re doing to our skin and see if a change or two in our lifestyle can help us see stunning results faster. One such change is to your diet.
People with ageless, glowing skin at all times, whether they’re people you know in real life or people you follow on social media, they have likely changed their diet significantly because they want to avoid blemishes and other imperfections as much as possible. Today, you will learn 3 of these foods that you should stop eating if you want ageless, glowing skin, too. These foods can increase your chances of developing acne, dullness, and more pronounced lines and wrinkles so you should get this list today if you want a stunning complexion.
1. Fast Food
Whenever we don’t have the time or energy to make a homecooked meal, we know that you always have the option to order fast food. With just a quick taps on your phone, you can get a hot meal delivered to your doorstep in less time than it would take to prepare a meal at home. However, while fast food can come through in an emergency, you should steer clear of eating it on a regular basis, especially if you want ageless, glowing skin. Fast food is often made with harsh chemicals like preservatives and artificial dyes, and it can be loaded with lots of fats and sodium (which we will get to below). This means that there usually isn’t any nutritional value in fast food, and these harsh chemicals could start affecting our skin. For example, you may start to notice more acne, skin dullness, and premature lines and wrinkles.
There is nothing wrong with eating fast food every once in a while, but it shouldn’t become a habit. One of the easiest ways to encourage yourself to cook more is to start planning out your meals. When you know what recipe you are going to make for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and you have all of the ingredients on hand, the cooking process becomes simpler. Even for those with busy schedules, cooking shouldn’t be too much of a problem when you can find recipes online that are guaranteed to take 30 minutes or less.
At Apsara Skin Care, we’ve published a few recipes that we enjoy using and can help you on your journey to ageless, glowing skin. To find out what these recipes are, click here.
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2. Foods High in Salt
Another reason to avoid fast food is that it usually contains a lot of salt, and a high sodium diet is not conducive to getting ageless, glowing skin. A diet that is rich in salt can lead to a lot of water retention. When your body is retaining a lot of water, you will typically experience puffiness and bloating, and this may make your skin look duller and more discolored. And yet, despite all of this water retention, a high sodium diet can also lead to skin dryness; if your skin tries to compensate with this dryness by pumping out a lot of sebum to nourish itself, you may begin to notice that your skin has become oilier than normal.
We all want our skin to be balanced and properly nourished, so maintaining a low sodium diet is ideal. As we mentioned above, one big factor to a high sodium diet can be fast food, but you can still be prone to a large intake of sodium if you oversalt your homecooked meals. Salt gives our meals a lot of flavor, but too much of it can not only impact your complexion but also your internal health, for example, an increased risk of high blood pressure. Therefore, you should use only the recommended amount of salt in the recipes you follow at home if you want to get ageless, glowing skin and a healthy body.
3. Drinks High in Sugar
If your diet is rich in salt, you will likely need to drink a lot of liquids to avoid that sensation of salt in your mouth. However, just like the foods in this article, what you drink will matter if you want ageless, glowing skin. You may be tempted by those sugary drinks to curb your sweet tooth, but you should try to avoid these at all costs. Sugar has been known to increase inflammation in your body. Higher levels of inflammation in your skin can typically lead to acne breakouts as well as fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin.
On a related note, while you may think that you are getting your daily recommended nutrition by drinking fruit or vegetable juices you purchased from the supermarket, think again. In Ayurveda, it is believed that food that is left sitting out will continue to lose its “prana” or “life energy”; the more prana that is in your food, the better it is for you. Because these juices are made with preservatives and other harsh chemicals to avoid spoiling, they will lose a lot of prana when they are left in the fridge or freezer for a long time and thus lack any significant nutritional value. (Similarly, Ayurveda advises against eating leftovers regularly for the same reason.) Plus, these juices are typically made with a lot of sugar, which is not good for your complexion.
To summarize, try to avoid drinks with a lot of sugar whenever you are thirsty. Instead, opt for a glass of warm water, freshly squeezed fruit or vegetable juice, or freshly brewed tea. Tea, in particular, is often a good source of antioxidants, which your skin needs if you want to curb free radical damage and stay as youthful for as long as possible.
Just as there are foods you should avoid, there are also foods you should eat to get clear, even-toned, and youthful skin. Listen to this episode of the Apsara Skin Care podcast to find out more. Enjoy and please leave us a review on our iTunes podcast page!
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Go natural. It is good karma!