We take a look at which foods could be causing issues...
Drinking a sufficient amount of water is vital for overall good health, but did you know it can work wonders on your skin too? Try drinking six to eight glasses per day. CAUSES: Ageing and fine lines. WHY: It was reported in 2013 that eating a packet of crisps a day was like “drinking five litres of cooking oil in a year”. ALTERNATIVE: Cut them out altogether or opt for baked alternatives.
CAUSES: Dry skin and wrinkles. WHY: Like fast food, it contains trans fats which deplete hydration. Margarine is also synthetic and laden with additives. ALTERNATIVE: Switch to butter.
CAUSES: Acne and ageing. WHY: A 2013 study found a connection between chocolate and skin changes leading to acne. Research linked chocolate to encouraging bacterial infection, which makes acne worse. Also, it was concluded that the higher amount of sugar you consume, the older you look. ALTERNATIVE: Cut back on chocolate to notice a difference, or switch to dark chocolate.
FRUIT JUICES AND SMOOTHIES
CAUSES: Inflammation. WHY: You may think that choosing a few glasses of fruit juice and a big smoothie each day is you being health conscious, but it could be having a negative effect on your skin. Juices and smoothies contain a lot of natural sugar, so your 'healthy option' could actually contain more sugar than a bar of chocolate. And whilst natural sugar is of course better for you than the refined alternative, if you're drinking juices and smoothies to excess, it will impact your skin. ALTERNATIVE: Have a smoothie just a couple of times a week max and drink water the rest of the time.
SUGAR WATER! WATER AND MORE WATER!