Save your summertime skin

By Elle Fleenor and Riya Bhula

Summer is right around the corner and so is the free time to eat whenever and whatever you want. If the wrong kinds of foods are eaten, your skin may get clogged pores, irritation and more. Eating the proper foods can help you maintain healthy skin.

Water helps keeps skin moisturized, helps blood flow and helps cells take in nutrients and get rid of toxins. It is recommended to drink 8 glasses a day. Water can be found in fruits, vegetables, juice and milk.

Dark chocolate contains high levels of flavonoid (a potent type of antioxidant) that hydrates your skin making it firmer and more supple.

Yogurt helps skin become more resistant to lines because of the protein in dairy. It can make your complexion smoother, calm irritation or sensitive skin.

Walnuts contain omega-3 fatty acids which improve elasticity in the skin. They are also loaded with copper that helps in boosting collagen production. This will help improve your complexion’s texture.

With good foods, there also come bad foods for your skin. Bad foods for your skin can lead to skin inflammation and acne.

Sugary drinks and fruit juices will lead to many diseases and fat gain when consumed in large amounts. The added sugar in these drinks will first increase the inflammation in your body. Then, when the sugar is going through your body, it will attach to a collagen protein. This is a process called glycation. High glycation puts you at risk of having acne and other skin problems. The acidity in soda is also harsh on your skin, as it allows for fat cells to swell.

Pasta can make acne worse, cellulite grow and change the fluid levels in the body if it is made out of white flour. The carbs in pasta cause faces to get puffy after eating too many.

Dairy is also a known factor to do harm to your skin. Skim milk is most likely to cause acne because of the hormones, sugar and whey protein in it. Other dairy products combined with high levels of refined food are shown to cause acne. Taking out dairy from your diet can help with skin texture, skin tone and conditions like acne and rosacea (a common skin disease that causes redness and acne on your face). Not all dairy products have been linked to causing acne though. Foods like yogurt and cheese don’t seem to have the same effect.

Fried foods can lead to inflamed skin. The excessive oil used in frying foods will cause excess oil production in your skin. The hydrogenated trans fats that are found in fried foods can also have an effect on complexion. These cause inflammatory fats which cause inflammation of the skin.

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