I’m a firm believer of the fact that your skin is what you eat. I’ve been on a strict diet regime for 6 months now and my skin has never been better. It may be the olive oil I’m cooking my food with, or the fruits and the veggies. So I’ll include the effects of everyone’s favourite things: dark chocolate, wine, and sugar on our faces.
I simply love dark chocolate; milk and white chocolate are okay but nothing replaces dark chocolate. Milk and white chocolate may not be as good as dark chocolate as they contain a lot of sugar. The best part about dark chocolate: you can eat it even when you’re on a diet. It aids weight loss. *hehe* Let’s see what it does to our skin.
Caution: I would recommend grabbing a piece of dark chocolate as you read ahead as reading further may result in deep dark cravings. 😉
Happy, healthy skin
Dark chocolate is a skin-friendly ingredient that helps to keep your skin healthy, glowing and just flawless. It contains a wide range of antioxidants which help to keep the skin smooth and supple and juvenile for long. Who doesn’t want that, right?
It has shielding properties against the sun and helps to prevent sunburns and skin cancer. Hungry yet? It also results in even complexion and helps in keeping the skin supple and nourished.
Stress is a huge beauty bummer. If not checked, it can ruin your entire personality. Dark chocolate boasts wonderful stress-relieving qualities and works wonders in getting you a glowing skin by reducing elevated stress hormones.
Skin cells cleanup
It helps in getting rid of the dead skin cells accumulated on the skin. It acts as a skin detoxifier along with caffeine. It removes the dead skin cells and leaves the skin fresh, giving you a smooth, supple feeling.
Now, let’s talk about everyone’s other favourite: red wine!
Red wines, particularly organic red wines, are packed with antioxidants like flavonoid, resveratrol and tannin that are very good for the skin. They help fight free radicals and ageing by restoring collagen and elastic fibres. Thus, a nice wine smoothens out the wrinkles and gives a boost to sagging skin. The application of red wine topically on the skin reduces fines lines and wrinkles and lightens skin pigmentation.
Say no to breakouts
Wines also contain natural AHAs, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Applying red wine on the face fights acne and clears the pores to prevent further breakouts. It also treats oily and congested skin.
Red wine is very rich in amino acids that boost the skin renewal and fight the harmful rays of the sun to prevent sun damage. The antioxidants in red wine create a protective barrier against sun damage to prevent skin cancer.
Soft, supple skin
Drinking red wine stimulates the development of new cells in the skin’s outer layers. It improves the hydration of the skin to make it look younger, supple and glowing. If you have dry skin, massage your face with red wine to keep it nourished and moisturised.
Now, let’s talk about the devil in our diets. What sugar can do to your skin is literally scary. Let’s read further.
Sugar causes inflammation due to its acidic properties; while all acidic substances cause inflammation, sugar is the worst. Sugar causes a rise in the blood sugar levels; this rise leads to inflammation and results in breakouts.
Sugar attacks the healthy supple collagen in the skin that keeps the skin wrinkle free. Sugar basically “eats” the collagen on a cellular level which leads to dehydrated, dull-looking skin. This is the reason for wrinkles due to sugar.
Rise in blood sugar level
Anytime you eat a food high in sugar, your blood sugar rises rapidly, and then falls shortly after insulin is released into your cells. This creates a huge drop in blood sugar that can make you shaky, hungry and moody. Anytime this happens, your body creates internal stress, which can lead to breakouts or dull-looking skin. Be sure to eat plenty of fibre, protein, and healthy fats at your meals to prevent this from happening.
If you suffer from rashes or are prone to yeast imbalances in the body, it could be because you are eating too much sugar. Rashes can be a sign of yeast imbalance and redness occurs mainly from inflammation. Eliminate all refined and added sugars and focus more on beautifying green veggies and fibre-rich options instead.
Sugar basically sucks all the water out of your cells, which can lead to dryness, puffiness and those terrible under eye circles we all hate! Sugar creates a major imbalance in your entire body. Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
Since you have the benefits now, choose your foods carefully. Hope you all have a great day!
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