4 Foods That Can Promote Wrinkles

1. Fried Foods


We all fall for the occasional craving for McDonald’s french fries or that new seasonal donut from Dunkin Donuts. There is not anything wrong with indulging yourself to these treats once in a while. However, like anything else, moderation is key. That means much more in this case since these fried treats can have a serious effect on the health and appearance of your skin.


Foods fried in oil at high temperatures release free radicals that can cause cellular damage to the skin. Exposure to free radicals accelerates the aging process due to an action called cross-linking. Cross-linking affects DNA molecules and can weaken skin’s collagen levels, thus decreasing its elasticity. 



2. White Sugar


White sugar has been a key opponent of nutritionists since health reports regarding its negative effects were publicly highlighted. Even with that being said, we cannot get enough of it in our diets. It has become an integral part of diets, independent of the cultural background. Specifically, American diets have a very high intake of sugar. Similar to fried foods, white sugar can promote the formation of collagen-producing AGE’s. 


When our sugar levels are raised, this AGE process is triggered. Sunlight can further promote this process as well. So, instead of having ice cream on a hot sunny day, it’s probably best to go for some frozen fruit.

3. Butter/Margarine


It goes without saying that butter is not necessarily the most healthy thing to add to your dishes. According to this study, those who don’t consume margarine or butter have less skin damage and wrinkles than those who do. Margarine is actually considered worse than butter due to its high level of partially hydrogenated oils. These fatty acids make skin more vulnerable to ultraviolet radiation, which can damage skin’s collagen and elasticity. Olive oil or avocado would serve as a better alternative.

4. Dairy


Dairy is one of those foods that have many split between whether or not it is bad for your health. There are plenty of studies that can go either way on the topic. With that being said, it seems to be dependent upon the specific person. For some, it has been the culprit for skin acne or digestive issues. While for others it has had no effect. Scientifically however, dairy may increase inflammation in the body, which leads to oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is one of the main causes of premature aging.

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