You Are What You Eat: The Relationship Between Food And Your Skin

by Gio

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“Did you eat ALL that already?!”

ALL that was six small pieces of pistachio baklava. Mr BWB had brought them home one Monday evening after work and, for some reason I will never understand, thought he’d have till Wednesday afternoon to eat at least one piece.

Hello, do you even know me?

I can’t resist sweets. Put one in front of me and I’ll eat it straight away. Guilt-free. Cos life’s too short not to eat a slice of cake for fear you may put on a bit of weight.

Just eat some veggies first. Go for a walk later. Done.

Or not?

If you don’t want to put on weight, yep. But, lately, I’ve been thinking of how sugar (and the rest of my diet) are affecting my skin.

It’s all Dr Stefanie Williams’ fault. I got a copy of her book, Future Proof Your Skin, which is all about how diet affects your skin. Of course, sugar had to be the worst offender. Boo hoo!

Even the tiniest amount makes your insulin level spike and creates inflammation through your body. And guess what causes premature aging? Inflammation.

Like that weren’t bad enough, sugar attaches itself to proteins in the body, creating “advanced glycation end products.” Or AGEs, for short (ain’t that ironic?).

And it’s not just sweets. I went to the supermarket today trying to fill my cart with healthy foods to counteract the damage I’ve been doing to my skin.

And I had such a hard time finding something without sugar. Bread. Meat. Ready made quiches. Sugar was literally everywhere!

And then there’s all the healthy stuff that’s not that healthy at all. According to Stefanie, we should avoid all grains (yep, even quinoa), legumes and even smoothies! Gosh, being a good girl is SO hard these days.

Now, I don’t think I can do everything Stefanie suggests. I’ll cut down on sugar but dare take my pizza away and I’ll rip your head off. I’m Italian. I can’t survive without at least one small pizza every couple of weeks.

But, it makes you think, doesn’t it? About the relationship between what you eat and your skin. You never give it even a passing thought when things go well.

Like, when an aesthetician told me the level of hydration in my skin was perfect after measuring it with a machine a few months ago, I never realised it’s probably down to how much water I drink.

That’s just something I’ve been used to all my life. In Italy, soda drinks are something you only drink at parties. They’re the boring, safe options for teetotallers.

The rest of the time, you drink plain old water. Ok, sometimes you drink alcohol and coffee, too. But water is what you have with most of your meals (unless it’s a special occasion) and to quench your thirst throughout the day. And I’ve never linked this healthy habit to my skin’s health. Duh, I know.

So, what’s the point of this post? It’s my way to let you know that I’ll be investigating the relationship between food and skin a lot more closely in the future. And, of course, I’ll share what I discover with you all. Stay tuned.

Cos using all the right skincare products is all well and good, but if you’re sabotaging your skincare routine by eating all sorts of crap, is it really any wonder they don’t really do anything for you?

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6 comments

audrey March 8, 2017 - 6:41 am

Sweetened beverages are my guilty pleasures! It used to be milk tea or cafe au latte, but now it’s sweetened iced tea. It feels so refreshing and innocent because it feels like water (not heavy like milk tea) and sugar definitely amped up my mood. I’ll try to reduce it for health and beauty’s sake. Thank you for such a wake-up call to my bad diet habit! I also love dr. Stefanie W, and hoping I can visit her in her clinic when I visit London. dr. Sam Bunting is also one of my favorite dermatologist at London but she doesn’t have a blog, only a Youtube Channel. She’s also amazing and her skincare knowledge is unbelievable 🙂

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Gio March 10, 2017 - 8:25 pm

Audrey, sugar makes everything taste better, doesn’t it? I think a drink every now and then is ok, but if you’re serious about anti-aging, you have to curb the habit a bit, sorry! I follow Sam Bunting too. She’s so knowledgeable and down to earth. 🙂

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audrey March 11, 2017 - 10:15 am

I will definitely try my best to limit my sugar intake from now on 🙂 Don’t wanna lose even more collagen than I already have.

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Gio March 12, 2017 - 2:47 pm

🙂 Every little bit counts.

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Amanda June 8, 2017 - 1:52 pm

Sigh, they put sugar in EVERYTHING! I would love to have a largely sugar-free diet but am limited by certain food choices in the where I reside. Even island fruit tends to be higher in natural sugars. On the island I reside we do not have large choices of vegan or even vegetarian foods sadly. I also think I have to give up cheese (sobs) because I believe it is making my awful cystic acne worse. I also have overdone it with chocolates, biscuits and chips over the years so guess my skin is paying the price now.

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Gio June 10, 2017 - 7:22 pm

Amanda, they sure do! I wish there were more sugar-free alternatives out there. A little sugar every now and then is not that bad but we’re definitely eating way too much of it. It’s just too hard to escape. We’ve all overdone it in the past but every day brings us a choice to do better. A healthier diet really does wonders for the skin.

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