You are probably aware that sugar is bad for your waistline. However, did you know that it can negatively affect your facial skin too? Not only does sugar raise your insulin level but also high-glycemic foods which quickly convert to sugar. They end up putting outrageous demands on your body to work on the food that you just took. Here is how sugar can affect your skin:
After ingesting sugars, insulin levels tend to rise, causing a burst of inflammation all over the body. The inflammation can be harmful to your body and facial skin since it produces enzymes that break down elastin and collagen found in your skin, causing it to wrinkle and sag. You should know that sugars that are digested attach permanently to the collagen found in the skin.
Acne, Pigmentation, Facial Hair Growth and Insulin Resistance
Apart from accelerating aging and wrinkle formation, sugars can also help to cause skin conditions such as rosacea and acne. Moreover, the more sugar you ingest, the higher your chances of developing insulin resistance. The resistance will manifest as dark patches or pigmentation, as well as excess hair growth on body creases and the neck.
Your Skin’s Enemies
Simple carbohydrates such as candy, ice cream, fruit juice, white bread, jam, cream cheese, pizza, packaged snacks, sodas, brown and white sugar, ketchup and pasta are your skin’s worst enemies. They quickly break down into glucose, causing insulin spikes.
Your Skin’s Friends
It is a good idea to follow an anti-inflammatory diet of good fats such as avocados and olive oil, lean proteins and antioxidants if you want your skin to glow. Foods that you may want to eat include complex carbohydrates such as vegetables and brown rice, nuts, whole grains, beans as well as fibrous foods. They will delay sugar absorption, which will help in keeping a check on blood sugar levels.
The Good News
If you love sugar, you are not destined to have wrinkles and sagging skin. You can get back on track with the right professional treatments, which are readily available at Lux: A Medical Spa in Bluffton. Our team can rejuvenate your facial skin, as well as the skin on other areas, using a variety of non-surgical, state-of-the-art treatments and techniques. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more!