We all love our sweet treats and indulging once in a while, but how is sugar really affecting our anti- aging skin regimen? This article will explore how sugar affects our skin and our aging process.
Is Sugar Ruining Your Anti-Aging Skin Regimen?
- Sugar in all of its forms (corn syrup, cane sugar, high fructose corn syrup, etc.) is extremely damaging to the skin – and in fact to all organ systems.
- Sugar suppresses the activity of our white blood cells. This makes us more susceptible to infectious disease (colds, flu and so forth), as well as cancer. The same dysfunction of the white blood cells can also make allergies worse.
- This overload can cause a reaction called glycation, in which the excess sugar molecules attach themselves to collagen fibers.Glycation occurs when a glucose (sugar) molecule binds to a protein molecule.
- Wrinkles, deep lines and sagging skin are a partial by-product of the process known as glycation. Sugar and other high-glycemic carbohydrates (breads, starches, potatoes, baked goods, pastas, desserts, soda) are rapidly converted to glucose in your bloodstream.
- Glycation causes them to lose their strength and flexibility, so the skin becomes less elastic and more vulnerable to sun damage, lines, and sagging.
- If you are concerned about your health, and not accelerating the aging process, it is best to avoid all forms of refined sugar as well as chemical artificial sweeteners. There are natural sugars found in fruits and vegetables that should be our only source of sugar. These foods are high in anti-inflammatory anti-oxidants, help stabilize blood sugar, and nutrients that promote beautiful skin and a healthy body.