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Your Favorite Summer Treats Could Be Harming Your Skin!

by Cindy Sim |

It's beach and boardwalk season, which means it's time to enjoy ice-old popsicles by the water and indulge in crispy funnel cakes in the carnival. But did you know that your diet directly impacts your skin's appearance this summer? Here's how to eat happily but healthily to maintain your skin's natural glow:

Foods to Avoid/Reduce Consumption of

Sugary Foods/Sweets

If you have a sweet tooth, you may want to consider how sugar deteriorates the collagen fibers directly underneath your dermis. Weakened collagen causes cellulite.

In addition, studies have also shown that an excessive sugar diet can cause acne. Sugar increases your body's production of insulin, a hormone that is responsible for breakouts

Salty Foods

Yes, your all-time favorites of french fries and chips that are rich in sodium will cause the skin around your eyes to puff. Sodium causes your body to retain water, which can give your skin a swelling/bloated appearance that may not align with your ideal beach body.

Alcohol

A frozen margarita by the poolside is tempting, but control your alcohol intake for your skin's sake! Alcohol is a natural diuretic, which means it will dehydrate you and cause your skin to lose moisture. This can lead to the appearance of wrinkles and dry skin.

Foods That Help Your Skin Glow

Fruits and Vegetables 

Fruits and vegetables like strawberries, oranges, cauliflower, and cabbage are all rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C assists with collagen production and protects your skin against the free radicals from the sun.

Salmon, sardines, anchovies

These fish contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids that strengthen your skin's cell membrane to lock in hydration and keep toxins from entering your skin. It also protects against sun damage.

Water

This one is the simplest yet most important addition to your diet that will help your skin glow! Water helps your skin appear plump, elastic, and prevents breakouts. Dehydrated skin signals changes in oil glands that trigger breakouts. 

On top of eating a balanced diet and consuming generous amounts of water every day, it is also important to hydrate your skin directly. The Queen Bee mask fights acne and the Go-Getter Goddess mask fights photoaging and both masks restore the water that you may lose while strolling around under the sun this summer.

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