Many skin specialists say that they can immediately tell what sort of foods an individual eats by looking at how the skin on their face is ageing. This is based on the premise that your skin is linked to your digestive health, so if you have any food intolerances or consume excess amounts of a certain food, the signs will show up in your skin.
Here we give you a brief summary of different signs to look out for and what they are likely to mean:
Signs: Lines and wrinkles on the forehead, sagging under the eyes, a gaunt look, painful pustular pimples all over the face, thinning of the skin, a grey hue to the skin, thinner eyebrows.
Why? Sugar can disrupt the bacteria in your gut, which triggers pimples. Spikes in insulin can put pressure on adrenal glands, which in part control eyebrow growth, so you can see thinning.
Signs: Lines or redness between the eyes, droopy eyelids, enlarged pores, dehydrated skin with feathery lines across cheeks, reddish cheeks and nose.
Why? Alcohol is dehydrating, which worsens lines and wrinkles. According to Face Mapping the area between the brows is connected to liver health, so you can see more lines here. Alcohol can cause capillaries to dilate resulting in flushed cheeks.
Signs: Puffy red cheeks, dark pigmentation patches or spots around chin
Why? An increase in inflammatory reactions in your body, caused by gluten, can lead to flushed skin. If you react to gluten your immune system reacts which affects the reproductive balance, which can lead to hormonal spots around the chin specifically.
Signs: Swollen eyelids, bags and dark circles under eyes, small white spots and bumps on the chin.
Why? Lactose intolerance can disrupt the immune system, leading to more inflammatory responses in the body. The oestrogen and progesterone hormones in milk cause your skin cells to over-produce which in turn blocks pores, binds with sebum and causes spots.