12. Sugary Cocktails
Are you a fan of pina coladas? Or how about a margarita and a mojito? Yeah, you guessed it, time to wave goodbye to these drinks for the sake of your skin. “When simple sugar is consumed in excess, the sugar molecules combine with proteins in the body and form compounds that can damage the skin’s collagen. This, in turn, has an aging effect,” said Bedwell. “These sweet drinks can have over 50 grams of added sugar in a single cocktail! Plus, the alcohol in the drinks can dehydrate you, making fine lines and wrinkles more apparent.”
“The occasional glass (or two) of wine is no harm to you or your skin, but drinking to excess, especially sugary drinks, causes free radicals. Alcohol also robs the body of vitamin A, an antioxidant that’s essential for cell renewal and turnover,” said Dr. Taz. “If you do drink, reach for drinks without added sugars, such as wine, champagne, or a vodka soda with lime. Also, be sure to drink in moderation and alternate each alcoholic drink with a water,” added Bedwell.
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It’s best to let go of that salt shaker if you want a young complexion. “Foods that are high in sodium cause you to retain water and feel bloated. The water retention can make the skin look puffy and tired,” added Orlick Levy. “[High salt foods] trigger dehydration, and some early studies show it damages DNA, shortening telomeres and accelerating aging,” commented Dr. Taz.