There's a reason why your skin feels a little worse after too much chocolate, alcohol, or salty sweets, but what is it!?
Here's the scientific explanation for you: When you eat more sugar than your cells can process, the excess sugar molecules combine with proteins, damaging your skin's collagen.
Plus, too much sweet stuff is also bad for your smile. If you treat yourself to something sweet, swish water around your mouth afterward to remove any buildup.
Alcohol is not easy on your liver, and a healthy liver is invaluable to healthy skin. If toxins build up in your liver, your skin can develop a variety of issues, like acne, sallowness, and wrinkles. Drinking can also trigger rosacea outbreaks.
To top it off, alcohol is dehydrating and bad for your sleep which means more wrinkles!
While a glass of red will stain your teeth, the acid in white wine damages your enamel and makes your teeth more prone to even longer-lasting stains. So if you always end your day with a glass of chardonnay, your teeth may be more vulnerable to those coffee stains the next morning.
You might not cook with salt, but that doesn't guarantee your intake is low. Many canned foods are preserved with sodium, which can make you retain water and cause a 'puffy' look.
Think: Deli meat, sausage, and bacon. Many of these meats have sulfites and other preservatives, which can trigger inflammation in the skin, and accelerate the appearance of aging. They also tend to be high in salt, which can make you look puffy.