Many people, especially Women may splurge hundreds of pounds on expensive lotions and potions in the hope of turning back the clock, but it could be what you put in your mouth that holds the secret to youthful looks.

According to top dermatologists, what you eat for lunch could be having a huge impact on your skin – and the wrong choices could cause wrinkles, acne and even eczema.

Here, the best experts in the beauty industry have shared the foods you should avoid at lunchtime if you want to maintain your youthful looks – and popular choices like sandwiches, couscous salads and yoghurt are all off the menu.

Sandwiches & couscous

Dr Yannis Alexandrides, founder of 111 Harley Street and skincare range 111Skin, warns against eating sandwiches and bread in general.

‘Gluten can be very bad for the face, both in terms of complexion and the shape of your face,’ he explained. ‘Gluten exists as a mixture of plant proteins which can be found in all aspects of our lunch, whether it’s the bread in our sandwich, the couscous in our salad, or the bulgur in our tabbouleh.’

Dr Alexandrides says it’s all a result of a protein in gluten that can cause ‘leaky gut syndrome’ whereby food proteins escape into the circulatory system resulting in an increase in your inflammatory response; this can lead to swelling of the face as well as affecting the pigmentation in our skin.

‘Ultimately, this would result in both a puffier face and an increase in redness and darkened patches around the chin,’ he said.

There are a lot of alternatives these days ranging from cauliflower rice to spiralised vegetables as a pasta substitute.







Whilst it might seem like a healthy alternative to a chocolate bar, Dr Lancer, who works with the Kardashians, believes that yoghurt is one of the worst 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.’


Nataliya Robinson, Expert Skin Specialist, says that we should avoid simple carbohydrates such as ripened bananas.

‘I would advise adding a protein based food to your lunch menu. Our skin needs amino acids on daily basis to keep the connective tissue plump so try to avoid simple carbohydrates such as bread, ripened bananas and yoghurts.

‘When you eat foods which contain carbohydrates, the digestive system breaks down the digestible ones into sugar, which enters the blood. Sugar molecules then become attached to the proteins in the skin and results in glycation where skin become weak, less plump and can lead to premature ageing.

‘Try to add as much protein to your daily meals as possible, if you do eat a banana, try to eat it with nuts to compensate simple carbohydrates with protein based food to avoid insulin spikes in your blood.’

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