Is Sugar Bad For Your Skin?
It’s no secret that sugar’s not good for you. Eating too many sweets can cause weight gain as well as cavities, but did you know about the effects sugar has on the skin?
It’s not just sweets, either. Simple carbohydrates like white bread, corn flakes, and pasta are high glycemic foods, converting to sugar in our bodies.
So what exactly does sugar do to our skin anyway?
Sugar causes our insulin to spike, and when that happens, produces inflammation in the body. In a process known as glycation, inflammation from sugar produces enzymes that break down collagen and elastin, resulting in premature aging. Aside from that, glycation can worsen skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea, psoriasis, dermatitis, and acne.
What not to eat
Whenever possible, stay away from “white foods” like white bread, potatoes, white rice, and tortillas. Pre-made, packaged foods also contain a lot of sugars as well as soda, and fruit juices.
What to eat
Complex carbohydrates such as whole grains and sweet potatoes, have a lower glycemic rate. Fill your plates with vegetables, especially dark, leafy greens. Omega 3 rich foods like nuts, olives, coconut and avocados, as well as antioxidant powerhouses like organic berries, are fantastic for glowing skin.
In conclusion, it’s all about balance. As long as the majority of what you eat is healthy, it’s ok to have that ice cream cone on a hot day or indulge in dessert once in a while. After all, the most affective youth serum is happiness.