They say you are what you eat but have you ever stopped to consider that what you’re putting in your mouth first thing could be affecting more than just your waistline?
You may think that toast with honey or a pot of yoghurt are fuelling you for the day but, according to experts, your breakfast choices could be wreaking havoc with your skin and making you uglier.
We’ve called on the best dermatologists in the industry to reveal what impact your breakfast choices could be having on your skin.
We’ve called on the best dermatologists in the industry to reveal what impact your breakfast choices could be having on your skin, as well as the best skincare products to reverse the telltale signs
TOAST AND JAM
As Milena Naydenov – Aesthetic Therapist at 111 Harley Street – explains, bread is high in sugar, which causes our skin to sag and wrinkle.
Explaining it in more detail, she said: ‘The refined sugar within the bread causes a process of glycation.
‘This process causes the elasticity of our skin to break down, making it sag and wrinkle. Excess sugar can stimulate the development of free radicals, causing damage to our skin cells.’
Libby Limon, Head of Nutrition at daily nutrition pack, VITL, agrees. She explains that the high sugar content of both the bread and jam sends blood sugar levels sky high, which is corrected by the body producing insulin. This production of insulin, in turn, can cause spots.
‘High insulin can be contributory to adult acne, by increasing sebum production,’ said Libby.
You may think that toast with honey or a pot of yoghurt are fueling you for the day but, according to experts, your breakfast choices could be wreaking havoc with your skin and making you uglier
Dr Harold Lancer, who works with the Beckhams and Kim Kardashian, says that although you may not see the effects of your toast and jam that very day, the effects do add up over time.
‘Unfortunately, our skin’s health is heavily dependent on our diet, and even if you are using the highest quality products in the world, a poor diet will ruin the results,’ he said.
‘Your skin is your largest organ – think about nourishing it with your daily dietary choices.’
Natali Kelly, who is based at beauty hot-spot Omniya Mediclinic in Knightsbridge, says it doesn’t just stop at wrinkles. Eating sugar and refined carbohydrates like jam on toast for breakfast can cause blemishes and spots, dark circles and dry, dull skin, too.
The good news is you can help combat the ill effects of a sugary breakfast by using topical antioxidants like Vitamin C and E to feed and protect the cells, giving hydration to the skin.
The good news is you can help combat the ill effects of a sugary breakfast by using topical antioxidants like Vitamin C and E to feed and protect the cells, giving hydration to the skin
Dermatologist and founder of Murad skincare, Dr Murad, also says that broad-spectrum sunscreens are incredibly important as this will help you diminish the amount of future sun damage leading to fine lines and wrinkles.
He says look for products containing Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Vitamins A and C, as well as Glycolic Acid to keep your skin smooth and radiant and help keep fine lines at bay.
CEREAL WITH MILK
‘Sugary cereals are not a good way to start the day,’ says Milena Naydenov. Not only is cereal a culprit for acne flare-ups but it also causes the collagen in our skin to breakdown, which makes our skin age faster.
Whilst many cereals are marketed as nutritious, the majority of breakfast cereals can contain as much as three teaspoons of sugar. A high consumption of sugar causes an increase in your blood sugar and insulin, contributing to inflammation and wrinkles.
Worse yet, if you have skimmed milk on your cereal, the fat is taken out leaving the sugar lactose behind, which is bad for your blood sugar, explains Libby Limon.
‘Dairy is also linked to skin problems ranging from eczema to psoriasis and acne. Switch to nutty muesli, fresh fruit and probiotic greek yoghurt, which is high protein,’ she suggests.
LATTE WITH SUGAR
Most people start the day with a caffeine fix, with a sugary latte being the go-to for many.
Milena Naydenov does, however, believe it’s one of the worst ways to start your day. She said: ‘We understand that some people need their morning caffeine fix, but whilst a morning latte may seem like a trendy solution to start your morning, it’s full of sugar, dairy and caffeine.
Caffeine dehydrates the skin and causes a build-up of low-level toxins that can encourage acne flare-ups. It isn’s just the coffee itself that’s the primary offender; dairy isn’t much better either.
The hormones and insulin growth factors that can be found in dairy milk can lead to skin break outs and can also accelerate the ageing process over time, so swap to almond milk where possible.
Dr Lancer believes that yoghurt is one of the worst breakfast options if you’re prone to breakouts or oiliness, as dairy tends to increase oil and sebum production in the body.
Dr. Nicholas Perricone, MD, FACN, agrees. He explains: ‘When our blood sugar and insulin levels rise, we experience a serious increase in inflammatory chemicals at a cellular level.
‘This causes inflammatory diseases such as acne to worsen dramatically.’
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