Did you know that the foods you eat can cause premature aging – and make you look old before your time? 

Here’s what to cut back on:

First: White bread. Refined carbs like white bread and pasta raise blood-glucose levels. And that increases the production of chemicals that interfere with the normal repair of collagen and elastin, a protein that allows skin to resume its shape after stretching or contracting.

Another skin-damaging food: Saturated fat from marbled meats and full-fat dairy products, which raises your risk for heart disease and may also make you look older. Dr. Jane Grant-Kells is the chair of dermatology at the University of Connecticut. She says that eating a lot of saturated fat boosts body-wide inflammation, which can age your skin prematurely.

Finally: Keep the alcohol to a minimum. If you’ve ever gone out for margaritas and woken up desperate for water, that’s a sign of dehydration. Even if you don’t drink to excess on a regular basis alcohol can still take a toll on your skin making it dry, taut and wrinkled. Also, as your liver metabolizes alcohol, it creates free radicals, another enemy of firm, youthful skin.