Sugar. We all crave it. It’s sweet, addictive and makes almost everything taste better. Sadly, added sugar has no nutritional value and lacks essential proteins, minerals and vitamins. In fact, sugar is considered one of the worst and most toxic ingredients in the Western diet. What makes sugar bad for our skin health and wellness? Read below and find out!
Triggers inflammation: When you eat one too many frosted sugar cookies, for example, insulin levels spike, leading to a burst of inflammation throughout the body. Over time, chronic inflammation increases the risk for developing health conditions such as obesity and heart disease. This inflammation also affects your skin. Inflammation produces enzymes that break down collagen and elastin, resulting in sagging skin and wrinkles. Sugar can also weaken the immune system, and a suppressed immune system has a difficult time fighting off bacteria, resulting in clogged pores and acne.
Strips moisture: As a dehydrating agent, sugar decreases water binding so your skin looks less plump, youthful, and lifted. And to make up for lacking hydration, your face becomes an oil slick. The skin also becomes washed-out, dull and you get those unwanted dark circles.
Without sugar, there is no wine: Unfortunately, drinking too much red wine can affect you too. Alcohol dehydrates and causes capillaries to dilate, so dark circles will show under the eyes more prominently.
This doesn’t mean you have to choose between eating fudge and having great skin. Be present and intentional when it comes to your sugar intake and enjoy in moderation!