You’ve heard loads about people avoiding sugar to be wasp-waisted but the idea that sugar is bad for the skin seems a bit of a stretch and you’re fed up of the vilification of candy.
It’s awful to be the Grinch who stole Halloween but sadly sugar is simply bad for your skin in the following ways -
1. Inflammation -refined sugars cause insulin to rise and this leads to what Dr. Nicolas Perricone describes as “a burst of inflammation throughout the body”
Not Good. Inflammation produces enzymes that break down collagen and elastin, resulting in sagging skin and wrinkles.
2. Glycation - Digested sugar permanently attaches to the collagen in your skin through a process known as glycation. Again not good. Because this glycation inflames acne and rosacea.
3. Insulin resistance- frequent sugar consumption increases insulin resistance that has some rubbish side effects like hirsuitism - excessive hair growth exactly where you don’t want it and dark patches on your neck and elbow crease. Why?
Who are the worst offenders?
white bread, candy, fried food, ice cream, fruit juice, pasta, ketchup, cream cheese, jam, pizza, sugar (white and brown), packaged snacks and sodas.
This doesn’t mean skimping on servings of fruit that has fiber and nutrients but merely saying no saves you from hassles your skin feels. Be kind to your skin. Go Sugar-Free. Impact lasts longer than any sheet mask.