Dr Neil Niren names some ingredients that can damage your skin

The main reasons for bad and unhealthy appearance of your skin are most often lie in what we eat and drink. What you eat and drink greatly affects the skin, and as certified dermatologist Neil Niren explains, this can be in a positive or negative sense. Diet is just as important for skin care as well as the variety of anti-aging creams and tonics that often cost a fortune.

Wrinkles, dryness, lack of elasticity and patches are a natural consequence of aging, and nurturing the skin from the inside can help slow down the biological clock and the aging process. With year of experience in dermatology, Neil Niren MD is aware that while some foods slow down the effects of aging, others accelerate the aging process.

Here, Niren selected some of the most common foods whose intake you should reduce, if you want to maintain that youthful appearance for as long as you can.

He starts of his list with probably the most harmful, yet most consumed products, and that is sugar. Large amounts of sugar can initiate undesirable chemical processes in the body. When you consume more sugar than your cells can process, the excess sugar connects to proteins in a process called glycosylation. The products of glycosylation can cause damage to collagen, the protein that gives your skin a youthful appearance. Large quantities of sugar and sweets negatively affect your teeth and smile because the sugar sticks to your teeth, and attracts bacteria causing spoilage. If you decide for treatment, Niren recommends something sweet, make sure to drink water with it.

The second harmful ingredient for your skin, which Niren warns about, is too salty food. Even if you are careful and watch the amount of salt you use in food preparation, still there is no guarantee that your salt intake is automatically low. What Neil Niren recommends is to pay attention to those foods that aren’t as salty as you think, or better said are saltier than you can taste. The US Disease Control Center has isolated a number of foods categorized as “salt warehouse”. For example baked goods can have up to 230 mg of salt. One slice of pizza contains up to 760 mg, and a bowl of noodle soup up to 940 mg of salt. Meat products, including steaks and chicken medallions, are also full with salt. Sandwiches with cold cuts, cheese and sauces are true salt bombs, containing up to 1.500 mg of salt. Food that is rich in salt can cause fluid retention and puffiness.

Trans Unsaturated Fats are the third and last reason that Neil Niren M.D. suggests avoiding, if you’re looking to maintain a healthy radiant looking skin complexion. In addition to increasing risk of heart diseases, fat can harm your skin as well. Fats cause inflammations that can damage collagen and make you more sensitive to ultraviolet light, which is the first sign of skin aging. Don’t allow to be fooled by the declaration that says “0 g Trans fat” because it can still mean that a food contains 0.5 g artificial fats. Especially avoid products that among other ingredients contain hydrogenated oil.

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