How does your diet affect your skin?

Most people would make an attempt at maintaining some form of skincare regime for the sake of self-preservation as we go about our daily lives but how often do we stop to think about the co-relation between our skin and what we put into our bodies? Also, as easy as it may be to make good choices when it comes to our eating habits, are we aware that some of our not-so-healthy consumer habits could be causing us to look older and more haggard?

We get it. Sometimes that greasy burger or fries flavored with salt calls out so lovingly to us that it’s easier to give in to our cravings and just say “yes” but the aftermath shows up in the form of zits or dehydrated skin.

Needless to say, the extent of the effects of cigarettes and alcohol extends past just internally damaging our bodies; our appearance can also be affected with the prolonged absorption of over 4000 chemical compounds and 400 toxic chemicals found in a single cigarette and taxing our livers by binge drinking. 

Expectedly, our epidermis certainly takes a beating. Skin conditions like Psoriasis and Eczema can be aggravated by smoking and drinking bouts that dry out the skin and leave it open to possible inflammation. Once the skin’s barrier against the elements is weakened, our skin is at the mercy of environmental irritants and allergens that may leave people looking prematurely aged (yes, we’re talking about those deep wrinkles) and with sagging skin.

While the destruction is not instantaneous, including products like oligopeptides into your beauty routine could prove to be wondrous. Larger peptides, or proteins as they are commonly known, are not able to be absorbed into the top layer of the dermis, smaller peptides serve this purpose by penetrating deep into the cellular level. By stimulating your cells to pump out more collagen, it triggers the repair mechanism which plumps and smoothens out skin thereby reducing the appearance of wrinkles while boosting protection against UV damage.

So before you quaff that next glass of booze, light up another cigarette or polish of another unhealthy meal, think of the effort and cost required to repair the skin’s elasticity and vitality.