Vera Clinic has looked at the most popular foods and drinks that are commonly substituted for lent and have enlisted dermatologist Mehmet Göker to reveal the skin benefits giving each item up has
Consuming too many sugars can increase glycation which results in inflammation that affects skin proteins collagen and elastin cells of the skin making it wrinkle-prone and aging early. This process can be slowed down by quitting sugar in your diet. Although it is not recommended to completely cut down on sugar, cutting back and reducing the amount can provide many great benefits. Cut down your sugar intake this lent can improve visibly clearer-looking young skin and can reduce acne and spots. Excessive sugar intake can also increase the appearance of wrinkles. Whilst a diet heavy in refined carbohydrates and added sugars can lead to collagen damage, which will ultimately cause sagging and deep wrinkles.
It goes without saying that chocolate is one the most common foods to substitute during lent. But did you know there are many amazing benefits to your skin when you remove chocolate from your diet? The fat component of chocolate has been linked to blackheads and acne. Research has also suggested that chocolate may have pro-inflammatory influences in the skin, which could contribute to inflammatory acne.
If you are a regular fizzy drinker then cutting back on your favourite drinks can cause many benefits to your overall skin appearance. Daily fizzy drink consumption significantly increases the risk of moderate-to-severe acne. If you are prone to skin problems, fizzy drinks can intensify skin irritation for you, leading to drier skin, more bothersome eczema and longer-lasting acne. Not to mention the benefits on your teeth too, cutting out fizzy drinks spares your enamel, which protects your teeth from decay.
Another common drink to substitute during lent is alcohol, which I also recommend to help improve your skin. Cutting back on alcohol for the 40 day period can enhance brighter skin and have many positive effects on the way you look and feel. Since your liver will be significantly repaired from the damages of alcohol by this point, your skin will have an overall healthier appearance and naturally radiant look.
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