A month of festivities is now behind us and many people are busy making goals, hatching plans and trying hard to get back on track with healthier eating, exercising and feeling great! Healthier eating and less sugar in particular, is of huge benefit to the skin. Today’s post is about the impact that sugar has on the skin.
When it comes to skin health and glowing, radiant skin, our lifestyle as a whole impacts greatly. We can’t simply expect to use high quality skincare, and hope that it will take care of everything. How we nourish our body, sleep, deal with stress and exercise all have an impact.
Of course there will be times when the balance is tipped. Sometimes we might be doing well on all levels and not so great at other times, depending on what life throws at us. Establishing good habits and doing our best to stick with them consistently is what will yield the best results. One of the best ways we can help to protect our skin and preserve a more youthful appearance for longer is by avoiding sugar…
Sugar is the Enemy to Collagen
Sugar is incredibly ageing to the skin. This includes sugar in all forms, even the things that can be considered to be healthier, such as honey or agave nectar. The truth is, once inside the body it’s still sugar regardless of additional nutrients that simple white sugar doesn’t contain. Sugar and also other high-glycemic foods such as carbohydrates in the form of bread, white pasta, potatoes, biscuits, pastries, desserts and fruit juices/fizzy drinks have a very negative impact on the skin. These kind of foods rapidly convert to glucose in the bloodstream. Although there is more than one cause of wrinkles and sagging (sun exposure being one), another large contributing factor is certainly excess sugars and the process these cause. This process is known as ‘Glycation’.
What is Glycation?
When excess sugars in the form of glucose are in the bloodstream, the excess sugar molecules attach themselves to collagen fibres. They wrap around the fibres, causing them to harden and become brittle. They lose their strength and flexibility. This causes the skin to sag, wrinkles to form and the skin loses its elasticity. When sugar attaches itself to collagen fibres it produces harmful molecules that are known as AGEs – short for ‘Advanced Glycation End Products’. Simply put, there is no point investing in high quality skincare if there is too much sugar in your diet. The products can work to a certain level but a healthy diet supports them to work to their optimum potential. Otherwise they’re in a constant battle, working hard to help produce more collagen and protect against free radicals, that ultimately too much sugar destroys.
On a personal level, I believe in balance. I don’t live a saintly life… I enjoy a piece of cake on a special occasion or some dark chocolate if I fancy it. A glass of fizz or a cocktail or two on holiday. However, I’m certainly very aware of my choices and on a day-to-day basis I make the best choices that I can to nourish my body and my skin.
Although the absolute best way forward for preventing glycation is ultimately through a diet that is healthy and free of (or limited) in refined sugars. NCN have formulated serums that can help to prevent and slow down the process of glycation. Skin Tight Lifting Elixir, DNA Serum, Eye Fix and Multi-Active Peptide Matrixyl Serum all have anti-glycation properties and will support your skin to be healthy, firm, strong and elastic, alongside a healthy diet. However, they’re not an excuse to eat more sugar.
New Year, New Consistently Good Habits for Healthy Skin – Less Sugar!
This post isn’t ‘New year, new me’ exactly. But I do believe that a new year helps to bring that positive new energy in. The renewed enthusiasm and the hope to achieve more and do better than last year. It can be about raising our game. So, for healthier, happier, clearer and more vibrant skin – resolve to curb sugar in your diet even more. I’ll be posting some blogs about the consistent good habits we can focus on, and the tweaks we can make to improve our skin’s health in 2018.
Happy New Year to you!