The One Food Dermatologists Say You Should STOP Eating Because It Ages You

March 25, 2019 by Emily Belfiore
shefinds | beauty

Dermatologists say that the secret to healthier, younger-looking skin lies in your diet rather than your skincare routine. That’s why it’s recommended to eat nutrient-rich foods that are fortified with skin-healthy vitamins and minerals to ensure that your complexion is getting everything it needs to be radiant.

But, there’s one popular food that skincare experts say should be avoided at all costs of how it negatively impacts the skin; it can even cause you to look older in some cases. Curious to know if you’re guilty of eating the worst food for aging skin? It’s potato chips!

potato chips in a bowl

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Those worried about the appearance and quality of their skin should avoid chips and other salty foods because of the drying effect they have on skin. “Excess salt in the body draws more fluid out of the cells to help neutralize the salt and draw it out of the body,” Beth Warren, RD, told Bustle. “As a result, your skin gets drier because of the lack of fluid.” Dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe adds that wrinkles will appear deeper if your skin is dry and craving moisture. “Dry skin results in more pronounced fine lines whereas hydrated skin appears plump and healthy,” she says.

Foods that are high in sodium are also high on the glycemic index, which means they’re prone to clog pores and exacerbate any pre-existing skin conditions. They cause “the sugar in the blood [to go] up quickly, and that triggers a cascade of events that increases hormones and increases sebum,” according to dermatologist Dr. Linda Stein Gold.

Keep scrolling to shop our editors’ favorite anti-aging skincare products that will help you obtain a naturally-radiant complexion: 

The Ordinary Mandelic Acid 10% + Ha ($6.70)

Sunday Riley C.E.O Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric Face Oil ($80)

Olehenriksen Banana Bright Eye Crème ($38)

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask ($20)

Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Moisturizer ($68)

Farmacy Honeymoon Glow Aha Resurfacing Night Serum With Hydrating Honey + Gentle Flower Acids ($58)


Associate Editor

Emily Belfiore is a former associate editor of SheFinds. She wrote beauty, weight loss, wellness and celebrity stories for the site. She is a pop culture enthusiast.

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