Some foods that are bad for the skin you can probably easily guess. They are the same “foods” that we should avoid for many other good reasons, besides wanting to keep youthful looking skin. The foods that are bad for the skin are going to be any that are processed, refined, modified or manufactured. These include pretty much anything that comes in a box, as a rule. Also, fast food and sugary drinks like soda and synthetic fruit drinks, and anything with lots of salt, sugar, bad fats and artificial sweeteners or preservatives. These are foods that cause skin inflammation, not to mention inflammation in the rest of the body, leading to all types of trouble.
A free radical is an oxygen atom with an unpaired electron. Atoms that have more than one atom circling them are typically harmless, unlike free radicals. Electrons don’t like being alone, and “steal” an electron from other atoms, thus creating another free radical.
Free radicals cause oxidative stress to our cells. Besides all the other damage they create in the body, potentially causing many chronic illnesses, free radicals damage skin, causing it to look wrinkled, saggy and aged. The oxidative stress that results from not getting enough antioxidants can also bring about a number of other skin issues, like eczema, psoriasis and spider veins.