Are you a sugar offender? Just know you’re not alone as the amount we consume within our daily lives has rapidly increased due to all those added sweetners in even the seamlessly healthiest of foods. Unfortunately the result leaves negative effects on our gorgeous skin. Sugar should be on your radar as not only is it addictive but adds to our waistlines, EEEK! Although there are a wide range of beauty and skin care products we like to believe work miracles on the skin, they generally tend to cause more harm than not. Want to get skin fit? Here’s how! By focusing on our diet and lifestyles, we can correct and perfect our complexion in no time!
Glycation is wreaking havoc on the skin
What is Glycation?
Imagine you’re sitting at the bar with a group of friends, the long bar counter is the collagen and you’ve just drank a Cosmopolitan so you’re feeling a bit high on adrenalin and sugar, which naturally attracts more people to come hit on and talk to you. The guys checking you out see the long collagen support beam/ bar counter and walks over and bonds to the collagen by ordering another drink. That bondage is called Glycation, which damages the collagen. The damage transforms the molecule/ the bar counter into something known as Advanced Glycation End Product (AGE).
What it does:
The first day there’s nothing too noticeable, but the next day when you have some more sugar again including high Glycamic index foods, and continuously over the week after a period of time it builds up more, Glycation that damages the support structure. Eventually the collagen will become completely damaged that it will bend and snap. This means that it can no longer support the skin, thus this is how wrinkles are formed.
Sugar also causes breakouts (uh oh). When our insulin levels spike after eating foods in high GI, they promote inflammation and causes overgrowth and accumulation of cells. It also stimulates sebum production up to 60%, which can excaberate acne and cause those dreaded pimples to resurface.
How to prevent it:
A Low GI Diet is essential in maintaining a clear complexion. You know what they say, healthy on the inside leads to healthy on the out. A diet with a high GI could have terrible effects on your skin. The GI is a ranking of carb-rich foods based on their potential to increase blood sugar levels. High GI foods include ‘fast carbs’ such as bread, white potatoes, processed foods, refined grains, chips and cereals. Caffeine and artificial additives can also sneak into hidden foods, especially packet items. Avoiding high GI foods will help stop spikes in insulin and help regulate your skin. It’s important to reduce your sugar consumption to decrease the ageing process and avoid lifeless skin.
Your skin is a reflection of what is happening inside your body. When you are eating wholesome, fresh foods, drinking plenty of water and excersizing your skin rewards you by radiating a gorgeous glow. And who doesn’t want a clear complexion!
Do you suffer from dull, dry and flaky skin that never seems to hold foundation as it should, and breakouts come and go like some of the seasons latest annoying trends? If so you’re not alone, and there are ways to combat that lack lustrous skin. This ‘unfortunate skin type’ if you’d like to call it is the only one you’ve got so it’s time to start treating your beautiful skin as a blessing instead of a curse and take better care of it! After all the skin is one of the largest organs on the body, so here’s a few ways to boost your moisture, achieve a radiant glow and have a better and younger looking complexion by following my daily skincare routine. Make a promise to yourself to stick to it for at least a week to allow time to heal, rejuvenate and replenish the skin and you will see better results in no time.
When you wake up
Wash your face with some cold water first (just to remove any dirt or oils) and apply an SPF based moisturiser, that way your skin is protected from the suns harmful UV rays and will last longer. Dryness makes skin rough, so the best way to smooth skin is to baby it with moisturiser. With such a variety of brands and products on the market, it does become overwhelming as to which ones really work just for you. The best option is to keep it simple and not over do it with a million different products, know your skin type and find a brand that will allow you to breathe and heal. Why not look for products with other face calming properties that will help minimise pores and imperfections such as aloe vera, oatmeal, honey or cinnamon!
Try Vaseline Total Moisture for dry skin. This works wonders on the skin in noticeably less than 48 hours as it’s a 24 hour nourishing lotion with multi layers of pure oat extract. It absorbs quickly leaving the skin feeling healthy, soft and smooth.
Also try Benefit Moisturiser Triple Performing Face Emulsion. Not only does this skin saving beauty keep your face looking radiant and lustrous but it’s oil free and contains SPF 15+. Either one of these will do the trick so why not try alternating between the two each morning, that way you’ll know what works and your skin won’t build a tolerance to one product.
In the shower and out
Ever heard of dry body brushing? Well now you have, using a large exfoliating brush with one of your favourite lotions (personally, strawberry is a winner) simply scrub to your hearts content gently in the shower. It’s a great way to penetrate the skin by removing dead skin cells, allowing new skin cells to surface. Bonus it also reduces the appearance of cellulite and gets blood flow pumping, thus improves circulation in the body and will help oxygen flow better to the face. If you don’t have a body brush, a loofah does alternatively the same thing. Don’t forget to exfoliate the face too! When you get out of the shower, again it’s time to moisture but this time the whole body. That way you’ll be as smooth as a baby’s bottom from head to toe.
Try Vaseline Total Moisture in Cocoa Glow.
It’s a 24 hour nourishing lotion with multi layers of pure cocoa butter that infuses moisture at the top, core and deeper layers of the skins surface to ignite a natural glow and keep skin amazing. The chocolatey goodness is worth the indulgence when it leaves the skin oh so irresistible.
Also try Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream.
This hot little baby on the market is specially designed to enhance all light skin tones, with 5 beautifying benefits in one moisturiser that provides a flawless appearance. It instantly visibly improves skin and gradually perfects over 5 days. Used daily its self adjusting tone technology tone technology delivers a customised solution for your skin tone. It hydrates and smoothes, brightens and illuminates, evens skin tone, firms and corrects blemishes and imperfections. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to perfect their skin!
Not so sun smart
Lost track of time and been lying in the sun for a few too many hours, only to end up with a dry, lobster looking burnt face? Not to worry, apply some aloe vera gel. Try Banana Boat pure aloe vera gel as it moisturisers, refreshes, soothes and provides relief from sunburn. This is a must have!
Feeling a bit stressed due to our endless summer fun of partying and social events and as a result the dreaded breakouts have started to surface on our skin like they can be spotted from a mile away? Try Aveeno Stress Relief Moisturising Lotion. It’s dermatologist recommended as it calms and relaxes the skin with lavender, chamomile and ylang – ylang essences and includes natural oatmeal whilst keeping the skin hydrated for 24 hours. This non greasy formula absorbs quickly and has long lasting soothing properties. Say goodbye to breakouts in no time!
After a long day of sun exposure, changes in weather, ingesting different foods and bevies, dealing with stress, applying toxins and harsh chemicals ( such as makeup ) our skin would have collected an array of dirt and bacteria. To ensure our skin isn’t left with these whilst we sleep ( which is prime time healing time for our skin) apply a cleanser, followed by a night cream or moisturiser.
Try St Ives Apricot Scrub as it helps prevent blemishes and minimise pores. This salicylic acid acne cleanser is non comodogenic, dermatologically tested, sulfate and paraben free and contains 100% natural exfoliants. This formula will deeply cleanse pores and stop breakouts before they occur.
Try Rosehip moisture restorative night creme essano. This creme is clinically proven to feed, renew and repair skin while promoting firmness. It deeply moisturises and nourishes while you sleep to promote skin elasticity and a healthy complexion. Rich in skin renewing organic Rosehip oil and organic Aloe Vera, Jojoba Oil and Shea Butter. It’s perfect for all skin types so you can’t miss out!