What you eat has a massive impact on your complexion, remember that saying “you are what you eat” it’s true! If you are consuming refined carbohydrates, sugar and trans fats – your skin is going to show it. Did you know that many people consume an average of 20 teaspoons of sugar per day? This is three times more the recommended amount. Poor nutritional habits causes inflammation which leads to oxidative stress damaging and deteriorating the collagen in your skin. Avoid these 5 foods if you want a glowing complexion.

Sweets And Candy

We live in a candy orientated culture, think easter eggs and halloween trick or treat, our adolescence is always associated with breakouts and pimples. Unfortunately even if you aren’t a teenager anymore, adult breakouts indicate that you are still partaking in foods high in sugar. Sugar degrades not only collagen but elastin too, these are the proteins which keep your skin soft and supple.

Rice Cakes

Are you surprised? I was…. but here’s why. Rice cakes actually cause your blood sugar levels to rise dramatically as our body metabolizes the simple carbohydrates just like sugar converting them into glucose. They then adhere themselves to wrinkle protecting collagen which damages the collagen cell causing the formation of wrinkles.

Margarine

Fats are essential for maintaining supple and health skin, but fats are not created the same way and have the same benefits. The trans fats found in margarine actually cause dehydration in our bodies. The reduction in the amount of water in our body is harmful to our cells and blood vessels. Studies have found that the higher the intake of margarine increased skin wrinkling and loss of elasticity. Choose  natural nut butters or plain old fashioned organic butter instead.

So Called “Healthy” Cereal

Please don’t let the advertising and packaging the box deceive you. While we know that most whole grains are lower on the glycemic index many of these “healthy” cereals are highly refined and have loads of added sugar. Why do you think they taste so sweet? Which means consuming these cereals actually leads to glucose spikes causing deterioration of your collagen cells – hello wrinkles!

Store Bought Smoothies

It’s not the natural sugar found in fruit that’s the issue, it’s the store bought smoothie versions which include modified juice concentrate, frozen yogurt and sherbet to ramp up the sweetness. These are all packed with added sugar. Make your smoothie at home using only healthy ingredients like unsweetened milk or natural yogurt with real fruit that is full of fibre and nutrients.