Making the effort to take care of our skin involves juggling a myriad of factors to ensure that we keep our skin as healthy as possible. Most of the time we’re so busy making sure our products are the right kind for our skin that we lose sight of other factors. After all, it is hard to think about what you’re eating or if you’re exercising enough when you’re already trying to figure out if that redness is due to a new product or simply a bit of unexpected sun damage. Proper care for your body is instrumental in maintaining healthy skin though. Exercise does wonders to improve overall blood flow and thereby better distributing the various nutrients that your skin needs more effectively. A good diet is what provides those nutrients too. It is why so many skincare experts suggest a healthy lifestyle to help maintain healthy skin. We do need to stress that some foods are better for your skin than others. With that in mind, let’s take a quick look at some foods you’ll want to avoid so they can’t hurt your skincare goals.

Fruit Juice
Reaching for a glass of juice instead of a soft drink tends to feel good. After all, we’re putting something natural into our bodies and that can’t hurt it too badly, right? Juices can be a good method for delivering various nutrients to the body, but they’re also notoriously high in sugars. That’s part of why we tend to enjoy fruit even if we don’t know it. Processed juices are even worse as companies tend to add further sugars to make the juice even sweeter and more appealing to our taste buds. This leads to a problem: blood sugar spiking. Too much easily processed sugar at once leads to your blood sugar rapidly rising and causing inflammation throughout your body. Your skin tends to suffer from this because inflamed skin is easier to damage overall. This doesn’t do anyone any favors when trying to keep their skin healthy and youthful. We don’t recommend giving up fruit at all, but we do heavily recommend getting your fruit juice along with the rest of the edible parts of the fruit.

While we’re destroying common health myths, let’s add smoothies to the list of things you might actually want to avoid. There’s a distinct difference between ones you make yourself and the ones you can buy in a store. All those pre-packaged smoothies tend to share in the same problem as packaged fruit juice: sugar. Companies want them to be as appealing as possible so that you’ll keep buying the smoothie. It makes good business sense but doesn’t help our collective health any. Don’t assume that you’re safe if you go to a smoothie bar or another business that makes them either. The same rule applies. That business is more interested in making sure you enjoy the experience than your health. Anyone who has ever made a homemade smoothie can tell you that they tend to be drastically less appealing than the pre-made kind until you get used to them. Do yourself a favor and acquire the taste for smoothies you make yourself if you want to avoid hurting your skin.

Most of us will likely have to clean out our cupboards after this, but the last bit of bad news is that your cereal may very well be a problem for your skin as well. We tend to swap to ostensibly “healthy” cereals as we age without pausing to look at the ingredients on the label. After all, it is “adult” cereal that lacks the colorful packaging of our youth and certainly can’t have any excess sugar. This assumption is highly misleading. A lot of the cereals we take for granted frequently have unexpected sugar in them to, once again, make them more appealing and palatable overall. The dusting of sugar isn’t necessarily visible like it is on cereals marketed towards children, but it is there and capable of causing the same kind of blood sugar spike. You can do yourself a favor by checking the ingredients on the nutrition label to make sure there isn’t an excess amount of sugar. This can help you find a cereal that will help start your day without contributing to skin damage.

Eating the right foods helps to support your skin by giving it the right nutrients. You can build on this by working to cut out less than healthy things from your diet to reduce the amount of unknown damage you’re causing your skin. This two-step approach will help you move towards a skin-friendlier existence that will complement any products you choose to use. In the end, you’ll end up maintaining a healthy appearance for longer and help yourself to age gracefully.

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