We all know that saying “you are what you eat” because what you put into your body has a big effect on how you look and feel. For all of the gentlemen out there, if you want to look good beyond just the stylish haircut and salon treatment you can get here at 18|8 Brookhaven, you might want to start paying a little more attention to what you’re eating. Just one of the things that can be affected by your diet is your skin. It doesn’t matter if you have great skincare habits at home, if you eat poorly, your skin will show it. Here are just a few examples of what food can do to your skin.

Don’t Be in a Rush for Sugar

gummy bearsThis should come as no surprise, but one of the foods or ingredients that most commonly has a detrimental effect on your skin is sugar. Consuming moderate quantities of sugar will cause skin inflammation and can lead to acne, which isn’t really befitting of a gentleman. While you won’t need to completely cut out sugar from your diet, moderation is important if you want to avoid any unsightly breakouts. If you want young, healthy-looking skin, do your best to avoid foods containing larger amounts of sugar such as cakes, cookies, soda, and candy.

Slow Down on the Caffeine

coffee_teaCaffeine dehydrates the body, which makes your liver have to work harder. This will cause toxins to build up in your body, making it more difficult to maintain healthy skin function. When your skin is dehydrated, it can cause inflammation and collagen loss. Collagen loss will cause your skin to age prematurely. The most frequent sources of caffeine in food are found in coffee, soda, and energy drinks.

So What Actually Helps Your Skin?

The most important foods you can eat to help your skin out are foods containing antioxidants. Antioxidants act as their name suggests – they fight against oxidation. To describe the action of oxidation in the simplest way, think of the way a sliced apple starts to turn brown or a car begins to rust. This is oxidation in action. Over time, something similar will happen to a person’s skin. Antioxidants will slow this process and can help prevent and repair damage to your skin. Antioxidants are generally found in vitamins A, C, and E. These vitamins (and as a result, antioxidants) are commonly found in fruits, vegetables, beans, and nuts. Incorporate these foods into your diet on a regular basis and you should start seeing a difference in the look and feel of your skin!

Contact 18|8 Brookhaven Today!

We recognize that simply dieting may not be enough to fix all of a gentleman’s skin problems. For those who feel like their skin could be so much healthier, 18|8 Fine Men’s Salon of Brookhaven offers professional facials to give your skin some much-needed attention. We will clean, exfoliate, and hydrate your skin to keep you looking healthy and radiant. Book your appointment with us by giving us a call at (404)-481-5368, or by using our online booking form. We look forward to helping you achieve the appearance and style you want and deserve!