Better looking skin is something we all want. They say there’s always room for improvement, right? There has probably been a few times even this past week where you were wishing you had better looking skin. Perhaps it was seeing your favourite celebrity on TV with flawless skin or even a passer by that caught your eye. “While age and genetics can have a big impact on how your skin look and feels, lifestyle and health choices play a big part in the beauty equation,” says Dr. Ali Adibfar, a skin expert in the plastic surgery field. “While we can’t necessarily control our age and genetic make-up, we do have the ability to make the right lifestyle choices that can help us have better looking skin for longer.”


There’s no better time than now to get better looking skin. Think of the upcoming winter months a a way to get perfect skin for next summer.


We all have our guilty pleasures. Perhaps it’s indulging in a large bag of salt and vinegar chips, enjoying a few glasses of your favourite Dom Perignon vintage with friends or an extra large handful of your favourite sweets from Nadege. For many of us, we often don’t think twice about whether these delicious decisions have an impact on our skin. “The unfortunate reality is that some foods and nutrients that are found in our favourite indulgences can have a negative effect on our skin,” explains Dr. Adibfar. “Salt, alcohol and sugar can actually lead to acne breakouts, blemishes and even premature aging.”


At our Yorkville medispa clinic, we’ve helped thousands of men and women get better looking skin. It’s a goal we all have. We all want to look young, feel great and stay beautiful. While we offer many medical spa treatments that can help you look younger, like Botox, Fraxel, Fractora and chemical peels, there are things you can do today that will keep your skin looking beautiful for longer.


Here are three things you’ll want to try and avoid or limit so you can have better looking skin for years to come. “We aren’t saying you shouldn’t have alcohol, sugar or salt,” explains Dr. Adibfar. “It’s unrealistic to remove these from our diets entirely, but making the right choices at the right times and understanding how these things impact our skin is important when it comes to our everlasting beauty and youthfulness.”


Tips for Better Looking Skin

Keys to Better Looking Skin: Limit Your Alcohol Consumption

Alcohol is a diuretic, which makes it difficult for your body to stay fully hydrated. This can lead to dryness and limit your skin’s ability to maintain its vitality. “Alcohol also suppresses your body’s ability to produce vasopressin, which helps your body reabsorb water,” explains Dr. Adibfar. “When you drink, the combination of your body getting rid of water and its difficulty in reabsorbing water can lead to dull, dehydrated and damaged skin.” Alcohol can also increase the likelihood of blood vessels over-dilating and bursting, which can lead to spider veins.


Keys to Better Looking Skin: Minimize Your Salt Consumption

You’ll hear some of the world’s top chefs talk about seasoning. Salt has a big place in gourmet cuisine and those Michelin-starred dishes you enjoy. But consuming too much sodium can negatively affect your skin and its beauty. “Consuming sodium will cause you to retain water, which leads to swelling or puffiness in certain parts of your body,” explains Dr. Adibfar. “This swelling can impact the delicate skin around your eyes and mouth.” In a world where sodium is easily accessible and found in most of our favourite foods, it’s important to understand how it can impact your body so you’re able to make the right choices for better looking skin.


Keys to Better Looking Skin: Watch Your Sugar Intake

We’ve all heard the many ways that sugar can affect our overall health and wellness. But have you ever stopped to think about how it impacts your skin specifically? Whether it’s those fancy cocktails you sip on at your go-to restaurant in Yorkville or snacks like candy and ice cream, these foods and drinks contain a lot of refined sugar. “When these types of foods and drinks are consumed, our insulin levels spike drastically,” explains Dr. Adibfar. “This leads to inflammation, which actually breaks down the skin’s collagen and elastin.” Our skin’s collagen and elastin are critical components of healthy, firm and blemish-free skin. Over consuming refined sugars for long periods of time can lead to sagging, wrinkle-filled skin. Rather than ordering another luxurious cocktail, try opting for one that is less likely to contain large amounts of refined sugar.


Better Looking Skin for Years to Come

While moisturizers, serums and proper beauty regimes are important to maintain healthy, beautiful looking skin, making the right choices about the foods and drinks you consume can’t be overlooked. “In order to have youthful, firm and blemish-free skin as you age, you need to make the right decisions lifestyle today. Because these decisions will impact your beauty tomorrow,” says Dr. Adibfar.


Whether you’ve never received a medical spa treatment – like Botox, chemical peels, Fraxel laser rejuvenation or dermal fillers – to enhance your skin’s beauty and maintain its youthful glow or you’re a regular in our waiting room, making the right lifestyle choices can improve your skin’s health and enhance your appearance.


More Beautiful Skin is Only a Click Away

Are you looking for a chemical peel to rejuvenate your skin or a more comprehensive treatment that will reinvigorate your beauty? Contact us today to book your initial consultation. We’ll help you make the right decisions that will get you better looking skin for years to come.