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Is Your Diet Aging Your Skin?

Foods that accelerate the aging processAre you trying to prevent premature aging of your skin — by using premium products, staying out of the sun and getting plenty of sleep — but still seeing pesky wrinkles and lines? According to experts, the culprit could be your diet. In this blog post, the team at Allure Plastic Surgery in Miami reveals foods that are known to accelerate the aging process.

Processed Meats

If you frequently eat bacon for breakfast or sandwiches with deli meat, you might want to limit these processed meats. They have sulfites and other preservatives that can trigger inflammation in the skin and speed up the aging process. Processed meats are also high in salt, which can make your face look puffy. A better option is to swap out the meat for lean chicken breast or vegetables.

Desserts

It’s okay to indulge in the occasional dessert, but consuming too many sweets is terrible for your skin. As the body breaks down sugars (a process known as glycation), it can damage collagen, which is responsible for smooth, firm skin. Sugar is also harmful to your teeth and can lead to discoloration, which gives your smile a dull look. Replace sugar with all-natural herbal sweeteners for your coffee, tea and oatmeal.

Barbecue

The black char that marks a burger or grilled chicken breast may contain pro-inflammatory hydrocarbons, which breaks down the skin’s supply of collagen. To protect your skin, scrape off the black marks from barbecued meats and clean your grill after using it to avoid contaminating future meals.

Lack of Fat

Healthy fats are part of a balanced diet — and essential to keep the body and skin hydrated. Without essential fatty acids, the skin can start to look dry (also, nails can become brittle and hair can start to fall out). Avocado, nuts and olive oil are great sources of healthy fat.

Spicy Curry

Not only does spicy food aggravate skin conditions like rosacea, it can also dilate blood vessels and cause blotchy and older-looking skin. Menopausal women are at a heightened risk because it is believed that during menopause, the blood vessels are more reactive than normal. The occasional spicy curry is fine, but moderation is important.

Want Younger Looking Skin?

In addition to following the recommendations mentioned in this post, our team can help rejuvenate prematurely aged skin with a variety of non-surgical treatment options. Botox and dermal fillers can smooth noticeable wrinkles, and certain skin resurfacing procedures can help to stimulate the production of collagen for firm, elastic skin.

To learn more about these treatment options, please contact Allure Plastic Surgery in Miami today.