Ask St. Eden: Do Carbs Age Skin Prematurely?
Food can be one of life's greatest pleasures. I for one, enjoy eating carbs, but I worry that it may be aging my skin prematurely. We all love to indulge in our favorite delicacies but could it be that our food choices are reflected in the health of our skin?
The answer is yes, Some of our favorite foods like pasta and baked goods can become harmful to your skin. In order to look your best, it is imperative to be mindful of what you are putting into your body.
A heavy diet of sugar and processed carbohydrates can make the collagen in your skin less resistant to wrinkles, and the carbs we love such as bread, potatoes eat away at the protein fibers in our skin. Elastin, Collagen and Protein based foods keep the muscle and skin intact while carbohydrates attach themselves to protein fibers and eventually weaken them causing breakage. This process is called Glycation.
When the metabolism of the body slows due to an unhealthy diet of processed carbs, it can no longer produce those youthful skin cells anymore. Which also blocks the skin from being penetrated by any product looking to overturn the damage. As you can see, you are what you eat!
Fresh fruits and vegetables can make a world of a difference in the health of your skin. Vitamin C is great for your inner and outer body. Substituting whole grains instead of white and processed will help as well. Ultimately keep in mind that with all these changes you should not expect to see results overnight. Be kind to yourself. when you treat your body well, it will treat you better.
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