The Effect Of Sugar On The Skin

"woman's blemished broken out skin"

By now you are more than likely aware that a healthy lifestyle is essential to feeling and looking good. Diet, exercise and stress management are essential for whole-body wellness. Unfortunately, in the current fast paced culture we live in today, we neglect our health, and in-turn– our skin!

The American diet is full of simple carbohydrates, sugars and saturated fats. Saturated fats are found in whole milk, cheese, red meats, poultry skin, coconuts, coconut oils and other hydrogenated oils used to fry food. Most food today is processed and contains preservative chemicals to increase the shelf life of most of these very unhealthy foods we consume on a day-to-day basis. All of the above causes inflammation. Inflammation is a major culprit in cancer, aging, poor skin health and disease!!!

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, saturated fats should be reduced to less than 10% of your daily caloric intake. Alternatives to these harmful fats are monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats; conisdered ‘good fats,’ they are known to lower internal cholesterol levels. These types of ‘good fats’ include:

  • olives
  • olive oil
  • peanuts
  • avocados
  • fish (by the way, fish contains high amounts of polyunsaturated fat omega-3, which has natural anti-inflammatory benefits)

As far as reducing inflammation that causes skin disruptions, the following nutritional supplements are suggested (of course, you must check with your physician prior to consuming any of these supplements):

  • lycopene (found in tomatoes)
  • coenzyme Q10
  • minerals such as zinc
  • botanicals such as green tea

Sugar and simple carbohydrates also should be limited in order to avoid negative effects on the skin’s appearance:

  • soda
  • white bread
  • candy

Sugar raises blood sugar rapidly which leads to inflammation and eventually cellular injury.  The result: sallow, dull and eventually sagging skin. What happens here is that the protein (collagen which is responsible for the skin’s elasticity) is attacked by the sugar.

How To Maintain A Youthful Appearance

Cutting back on dehydrating substances such as salt, alcohol, sugars, and caffeine and increasing your water intake is highly recommended. Bay Harbour Med Spa recommends that you drink 8-10 glasses of water, adding 2 additional cups for each cup of coffee or glass of wine consumed daily.

Skin Treatments Recommended For Dehydrated Skin

Hydrating oxygen face treatments, coupled with hyaluronic acid tri-phased ultrasound treatments can do wonders to help with the consequences of dehydrated skin.













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