10 Foods to Avoid to Keep Aging at Bay

  • Certain foods can lead to the formation of wrinkles and fine lines, making you look older.
  • Sugar can interfere with the formation of collagen and elastin — the proteins that make your skin look youthful and fresh.
  • Salty foods can dehydrate your skin and emphasize the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. 

Want to look younger? Then you should try to avoid these foods:

Candy bars

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Sugar in candy bars interferes with collagen and elastin, the two kinds of protein that makes skin look fresh and youthful. 

According to Ana Reisdorf, MS, RD, the digestion of sugar releases debris known as advanced glycation end products or AGEs that attach themselves to collagen, causing wrinkles and sagging. Cutting on sugar will keep those AGEs in check, and your skin looking young and healthy. 

Charred meat

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Charred meat often contains hydrocarbons that cause inflammation. Inflammation can crack-up your skin’s collagen. 


Too much alcohol damages your liver. When toxins build up in your liver due to excessive alcohol consumption, it can wreak havoc on your skin and lead to acne, sallowness, and wrinkles.

Processed carbs

As you already know, the body converts carbohydrates into pure sugar, which leads to the production of AGEs and weakening of the skin’s collagen and elastin. Make sure to consume complex carbs like whole grains, fruits, and vegetables instead of simple carbohydrates like white bread, pastries, and breakfast cereals. 

White wine

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White wine causes aging by damaging your teeth. It dries out your mouth and decreases saliva that washes away harmful bacteria. As a result, your teeth are more prone to cavities and staining. The acid in white wine also causes your enamel to be more porous and prone to accumulating more stains. To save your teeth, swish a bit of water around your mouth after each glass of white wine.


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A 2001 study released by the Journal of The American College of Nutrition found that margarine causes wrinkles. The reason might be because of the fat contents of margarine increase inflammation.

Salty foods

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Foods that contain high amounts of sodium, cured meats, soups, and potato chips, dry out the skin. According to Beth Warren, RD, excess salt in the body can cause dehydration, leading to wrinkles. 


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As mentioned earlier, sugar can interfere with collagen, and acidic foods can harm your teeth’s enamel. That makes lemonade, a sugary and acidic drink, a threat to your skin and smile. 


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Caffeine in coffee can dehydrate your skin, which can result in the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. When you add cream and sugar to your morning cup, it can further damage your skin’s ability to form collagen. 

Super spicy foods

As you get older, your risk of rosacea increases. Rosacea is a skin condition that causes redness and more visible blood vessels in your face. Eating spicy foods aggravates this condition. 

Source: Reader’s Digest Canada

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