Cake? Eating too much sugar? If so, “Sugar Face” symptoms could be right at your door. Winter and cold weather (and sometimes long work days) call for comfort food like pies, soda, candies, chocolate and cakes.
Unfortunately, this large amount of refined sugar intake is definitely not forgiving on our skin. We prepared a list of scary skin facts related to sugar consumption leading to the “Sugar Face”.
Inflammation and Wrinkles:
Consuming too much refined sugar can spike the insulin levels in our bodies and potentially increase inflammation and immune-modulated diseases*. Inflammation can upregulate the aging process by speeding up the break down of collagen and elastin in the skin that makes your skin look youthfully lifted and plump. This can also lead to the development of fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin.
Dull, Dehydrated Skin:
With increased sugar consumption, the healthy collagen is under attack on a cellular level, making your skin look dull, sallowe, wrinkly, tired and dehydrated.
Are you Hangry?
When you eat sugar the blood sugar levels rise quite rapidly and then falls as insulin is released into the cells. This results a huge drop in blood sugar feeling hungry, moody and craving for more sweet foods. This hungry + angry or moody (aka “hangry”) mode does not only affect your food choices, but also increases your stress load. Increased stress may trigger more inflammation and decreased immune responses **.
Breakouts and acne:
In addition to enhancing the aging process, sugar can also promote light breakouts to severe acne in some people. Sugar with its dehydrating effect can result in increased oil production on your face. Excess oil production can lead to clogged pores and acne.
To keep your skin wrinkle free and your body healthier, give up sugar.
It will make you look and feel younger by ten years or more.
*Fast food fever: reviewing the impacts of the Western diet on immunity. Myles IA. Nutr J. 2014 Jun 17;13:61. doi: 10.1186/1475-2891-13-61. Review.