We hate to break it to you but sugar doesn’t just affect your waistline, it affects your skin as well. Like everything we eat, sugar has a considerable affect to the appearance and health of our skin. Beware though, not all sugar is sweet and some are found in other food such as refined carbohydrates like white rice, pasta and bread. Excessive consumption of sugar leads to high levels of blood sugar, and as a result, a process known as glycation begins, glycation is damage to the skin from the inside due to the consumption of excess sugar that can lead to premature ageing.
This results in 3 signs of ageing, wrinkles, lines or discolouration, either way, damaging the appearance and health of the skin as the collagen and elastin are damaged. Sugar is the antithesis of antioxidants, this is because the sugar we consume attaches to proteins in our bodies and in our skin, breaking them down and creating free radicals. When free radicals are released this breaks down collagen and stiffens our skin, causing wrinkles to become deeper and prominent.
While our bodies need a certain amount of inflammation in order to break down toxins and for normally bodily functions, excessively consuming sugar will cause there to be too much inflammation causing acne, redness, rashes, cystic breakouts, and overall swelling and discolouration are a result of eating a diet too high in processed sugar.
Sugar can’t be avoided as over the years added sugar has become the norm in a variety of food products. Whilst not all sugar is made equal, as there are natural sugars and sweeteners that can be found in fruits and plants, we encourage everyone to be more vigilant of the foods we consume and the amount of sugar it contains. Make sure to read the label as sugar on ingredients has a variety of names so be on the lookout for sucrose, high-fructose corn syrup, cane sugar, agave nectar, refiner’s syrup, brown rice syrup, barley malt, dextrin, dextrose, maltose and fructose, just to name a few, find more here.
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