Like the age-old adage “you are what you eat”, indulging in certain foods can make you look and feel older than you are. The top five most common foods to avoid include hydrogenated oils or trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, refined salt, processed meats and alcohol. Although you may have heard about the dangers of the first two types of food, the others may be lesser known. Refined salt not only raises your blood pressure but it also leads to skin puffiness and swelling, therefore experts suggest eliminating or reducing salt use whenever possible. Processed meats such as bacon and deli meats also contain a lot of preservatives which can cause skin irritation and also conflict with the body’s ability to produce collagen, which is what maintains firm, youthful looking skin. Due to the fact that it is processed through the liver, alcohol is another common substance that can produce acne, rosacea and wrinkles – all skin-aging side effects from unprocessed toxins. Eliminating these foods or reducing the intake to a minimum can promote healthier looking appearances and make you feel better overall.