How Sugar Affects The Skin

It might start with just a few signs here or there. Your skin seems lackluster. You’ve lost that usual glow. Dark circles under your eyes are more apparent. You might even have a slight rash on your body. Whatever it is, you just don’t feel like you. So you have to ask yourself what the heck is going on?

Well, believe it or not, all of these side effects may have one culprit to blame: sugar.

We love cake, ice cream, and chocolate as much as the next person. We also love helping people have great skin. The fact is that sometimes it’s important to assess your nutrition and diet to see how it impacts you.

To put it simply, sugar breaks down collagen. For those of you not in the know, collagen is a structural protein in the body that keeps our skin looking young and firm. Along with this, an excess of sugar can lead to inflammation throughout the body. Chances are that you have already experienced inflammation in your body in the form of swelling, redness, or heat. It can be annoying in the short term and debilitating in the long term. For those of you that suffer from breakouts, acne, or rosacea sugar might even exacerbate your symptoms or even trigger it.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, great skin starts from within. When we look at outside elements that negatively affect the skin, sugar is right up there. As with anything involving your body and health, the impact sugar has on you varies from person to person. That fact is that you know your body better than anyone.

If you think you could benefit from cutting back or even eliminating sugar from your diet, we have a few tips on starting the process.

 

 

Water: The Sugar Addict’s Best Friend
We love a latte in the morning and with summer just around the corner, sugary drinks will be plentiful. We recommend that whatever you decide to treat yourself to, follow it up with a few glasses of water. It will not only hydrate you, but also help detox the excess sugar.

Find The Right Skin Care Products
Skin care is a life saver when it comes to helping our skin look it’s best. If you are suffering from a “sugar hangover” the right skin care products can save the day. In this instance, look for products that are high in antioxidants such as Vitamin C. We also love a go to mask to help calm the skin after a break out.

Sweat It Out
Whether you work it or twerk it, sweat is a great way to cleanse your body of sugar. Some people swear by saunas, others love a good Soul Cycle class to sugar detox. Whatever you do, make sure it is something that fuels you.

Avoid Processed Sugar
Did you know that chocolate was a super-food? Go figure. Sugar from fruits, dark chocolates, honey, etc are a great way to get your sugar kick. Processed sugar like what you find in candy or sugary cereals are where you run into trouble.

Treat Yourself…No, Really. 
We want to help you solve problems, not give you something to worry about. If you want that donut, have that donut. Just remember that sometimes what feels great in the moment, may not make your body or skin feel great in the long term. You can have your cake and eat it too, just do so in moderation.

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