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!