The products you consume can directly affect your skin, changing your face beyond recognition. Keep a check on the quantities you consume. Too much of anything is going to affect your body and skin drastically.
If you see fine lines, wrinkles, acne, or increased dullness of your skin, it is time to watch what you take in. Sugars, alcohol, proteins, or gluten in your diet could be the culprits.
Things That Are Changing The Appearance Of Your Face
Here are 4 products you might be consuming that are making your face look different:
Sugar is known to affect the waistline and overall health. However, it can also make you older by speeding up the aging process of your skin and make your skin look dull as well. Acne, thinning of skin, pale or grayish skin, wrinkles, under-eye bags, and blemishes are some of the other symptoms of excess sugar consumption.
The sugar in your bloodstream attaches to proteins to form molecules that are harmful, by the process called glycation. The number of these harmful molecules increase with increased consumption of sugar. Collagen and elastin are protein fibers that are responsible for the firmness and elasticity of your skin. As these harmful molecules accumulate, they damage collagen and elastin, making them brittle and dry, and in turn leaving your skin wrinkled and saggy. The effects of glycation are mostly seen after the age of 35 and increase rapidly from then on.1 2
Additionally, eating excess sugar can make your skin more prone to sun damage as the body’s antioxidant enzymes are deactivated by the harmful molecules formed.
Wine may be good for your digestion but not when it is consumed in excess. In addition to sugar, wine contains alcohol that is responsible for dehydration. This takes away the moisture from your cells, causing fine lines, dryness, and showing premature signs of aging on your face.
Alcohol causes the blood vessels to dilate, which is seen as redness on your skin. It also makes the skin look unhealthy as alcohol reduces your appetite, affecting the nutrition intake. Also, drinking too much wine can lead to swollen eyelids.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. Acne on forehead, cheeks, and chin, swollen face, and cheeks, red cheeks, are the signs you need to look out for that may be indicators of gluten sensitivity. It is different from the celiac disease, that causes damage to the intestine.
Although grains may be good for your body, it can be difficult to metabolize the gluten that they contain, which affects your skin and changes the appearance of your face. Furthermore, gluten causes inflammation that leads to the flushed skin.
Milk is an essential product in for your diet. But as an excess of anything does no good, drinking too much milk can have adverse effects on your skin.
Milk contains sugars and proteins. If you are lactose intolerant, your body reacts to the sugars. On the other hand, problems with proteins in the milk lead to breakouts, red spots, and pale cheeks. Blemishes around the chin, swollen eyelids, and under-eye bags are some other symptoms of drinking too much milk.3
Moreover, milk also leads to fluid retention that is seen on the face as puffiness and dark circles. The hormones in the milk can lead to acne, by triggering an overgrowth of skin cells that block the pores on your skin.
|↑1||Jeanmaire, C., L. Danoux, and G. Pauly. “Glycation during human dermal intrinsic and actinic ageing: an in vivo and in vitro model study.” British Journal of Dermatology 145, no. 1 (2001): 10-18.|
|↑2||Jones Elsa. Goodbye Sugar – Hello Weight Loss, Great Skin, More Energy and Improved Mood: How You Can Beat Cravings and Emotional. Gill & Macmillan Ltd, 2015.|
|↑3||Talib Nigma. Younger Skin Starts in the Gut: 4-Week Program to Identify and Eliminate Your Skin-Aging Triggers – Gluten, Wine, Dairy, and Sugar. Ulysses Press, 2016.|