Recently we’ve felt a little like we can hardly switch on the tv, open our internet browser or listen to the radio without hearing about the adverse effects of sugar. Yes, some of these reports are perhaps getting a little out of hand and indulging in the occasional macaroon isn’t going to end in doom and gloom but the general message is definitely a good one when it comes to your skin.
How does sugar effect the skin?
When sugar travels into the skin, its components cause nearby amino acids to form cross-links. These cross-links jam the repair mechanism and, over time, leave you with premature wrinkles. Not only that but when blood sugar goes up rapidly, sugar can attach itself to collagen in a process called “glycation.” This causes the skin to become stiff and inflexible. This loss of elasticity, also caused my too much sun exposure, is a fast track to visibly aged skin. if you feel you’ve experience a loss of elasticity, try our Firming Marine Elastin Cream. It delivers powerful repairing and tightening benefits along with UV protection to help protect and repair.
It’s not just about aging either, your body attempts to bring blood sugar levels down after spikes caused by excess sugar consumption by excreting a surge of hormones. All these hormones cause your skin sebum glands to go into hyper drive, producing excess oil in the skin. If this is you, get that oil under control with our Oily Skin Line. It will help regulate oil production while you cut down on your sugar intake.
Why can we do?
First of all, make sure you’re using the right products for your skin to counteract any damage that has been done. If you’re concerned about aging, try our Power Repair Range. If you’re experiencing excess oil production, our Oily Skin Care Range will do the trick.
Once that’s under control, start working to cut down the sugar in your diet. Remember it’s not just “incidental sugar” like chocolate, lollies and a teaspoon in our coffee that’s causing a problem. Take a look at the items in your pantry and your fridge and you’ll be shocked to discover just how much sugar you’re consuming. Cereals, snack foods, condiments and even low-fat dairy products are rife with sugar. When you’re doing your groceries, read the labels and aim for less than 6g of sugar per 100g of food/drink.