How Does Sugar Affect Skin?

Sugars like Glucose and Fructose bind with Collagen in a process called Glycation, preventing your skin structure from performing optimally. Glycation also produces free-radicals which speed up the ageing process! Research has also shown that high blood sugar leads to impaired skin barrier function. Insulin spikes caused by eating too much sugar are stressful to the body, causing more collagen and elastin to breakdown. Blood sugar spikes can also affect the hormone production and lead to higher sebum production.

What Are The Signs Of ‘Sugar Face’?

  • Due to collagen degradation skin will start to look thinner. Fine lines will also become more prominent.
  • Skin will start to look more dehydrated as your skin barrier is impaired
  • Skin is more inflamed and reactive, this can make the under eye area appear darker than normal.
  • Higher sebum production means oilier skin which could lead to congestion and acne flare ups! In addition the skin is not healing as quickly and barrier is not as strong leading to more blemishes which can take longer to heal.
  • Decreased skin repair mechanisms mean that skin is not regenerating as quickly and can appear more dull!⠀⠀

How To Tackle ‘Sugar Face’?

Try to limit sugar consumption, not just refined sugars but also hidden sugars (e.g. corn syrup), natural sugars (dates, honey) and sweet fruits such as mangoes and grapes.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

  • Replace sugar with at least 70% dark chocolate. It’s high in polyphenols to protect the skin!
  • Eat more leafy green vegetables like kale and spinach and other veg like broccoli and seaweed for anti-inflammatory antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
  • Drink more water and green tea. Try to avoid alcohol as it can dehydrate the skin further!



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