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The Worst Eating Habits that Age Your Skin Faster, Says Science

Making sure you're lowering your added sugar intake and staying hydrated is key.

There's no arguing the fact that it's important to take care of your skin by wearing sunscreen, washing your face daily, and using the right products.

But while these actions are important in having healthy skin as you age, it's important to factor in things like your stress levels and diet as well.

Continue reading to learn about some of the eating habits that age your skin faster, and for healthy aging tips, make sure to check out The Best Foods To Slow Aging After 50.


Consuming too much sugar

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Consuming too much sugar in your diet can have negative effects on many areas of health, but recent reports have found that it may be aging your skin as well.

One of the ways sugar can age your skin faster is through something called advanced glycation end products (also known as AGEs), which are formed when a sugar molecule attaches to a protein or lipid. According to Skin Therapy Letter, AGEs can make your skin look older by lowering its ability to heal from wounds and decreasing its resistance to stress.

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A high-fat diet

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While fat is a completely necessary and healthy part of your daily dietary needs, consuming too much fat can be damaging to your skin.

According to a 2020 report published in Nutrients, a high-fat diet may increase your risk of skin inflammation, which can directly contribute to your skin looking older and not bouncing back from stress as easily.

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Too much fast food

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As sad as it may be, fast food can actually make you look older than you are. This is because the frying process can release free radicals, which contributes to your body having an excess amount of these cell-damaging compounds, which negatively impact your health. 

According to Dermatology Research and Practice, one of the specific ways these free radicals can affect you is through aging your skin and weakening its elasticity. Thankfully, the report also mentions that certain foods and nutrients may help slow the process.


Being dehydrated

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While finding a nice face moisturizer is a helpful addition to any skincare routine, there is nothing better for skin hydration than drinking plenty of water.

A study from Biomedical and Biopharmaceutical Research found that those who consumed more than 2 liters of water per day (compared to those who had less than 2 liters) had more deep hydration in their skin, which positively affected other skin functions as well.

The Nutrients article adds to this by saying water serves as maintaining the internal balance and tissue function of your skin. In other words, being hydrated is one of the best ways to look younger!

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