We all know that overloading our bodies with sugar is just plain not healthy. It makes us gain weight, it ruins our teeth, and it gives us diabetes. Sugar makes us hyper, then drowsy, then we eat more to “wake up”, and around we go. But now, the worst finding of all – sugar gives us wrinkles! The horror.
Scientists have found that sugar loves proteins. Sugar molecules love to hop onto proteins and POW, damage them – the scientific term is glycation. The main proteins in our skin are collagen and elastin. Both of these proteins weave together to form a fabric of elasticity, tone and firmness in our skin. In fact, collagen is the most prevalent protein we have in our body. Sugar attacks our skin by attaching to the collagen and elastin and damaging it, causing our skin to sag and wrinkle. And that’s not all sugar does. It changes our type III collagen fibers (strongest) to type I (weakest).
Nothing ages our face faster than wrinkled, saggy skin with no tone.
Doctors advise us that one of the early symptoms of diabetes that they look for – skin that is pre-maturely aging, and saggy. Most people with diabetes have gone years with undetected high blood sugar levels, and their skin is the first to show it.
So, what to do? If my skin is aging from eating sugar, is it too late to do anything about it? The good news is, NO, it’s never too late when it comes to improving your skin.
The first step, of course, is to stop the damage. You can do that right away, by lowering your intake of sugar. Focus on limiting the added sugars in the food you eat. Did you know that the average american eats 31 teaspoons of sugar per day? There are 10 teaspoons of sugar in just one 12 ounce can of soda pop. Just think of all the damage that amount of sugar daily is doing to our skin, and our body.
Become a label reader, pay special attention to processed food labels. Don’t buy products with added sugar or high fructose corn syrup listed in the ingredients. (Just to warn you, HFCS is a cheap sweetener, and it is added to everything.)
The second step is to rebuild – the collagen and elastin fibers in your skin can be re-built. You can improve your skin’s firmness, tone, and elasticity. The best way to do that is with daily doses of and using products containing vitamins. Orally, take lots of vitamin B, C, and E. Want to have younger looking skin, then don’t miss taking your daily multi vitamin. These vitamins in particular are know to be collagen builders.
Topically, apply as many products to your skin as you can that contain the antioxidants that your skin love – Vitamins A, C, and E. The same antioxidant vitamins that are fighting off the free radicals that are damaging your skin, are also building up your skin’s collagen and elastin. Why vitamins aren’t in every skin care product, I’ll never understand.
The good news is this – our skin is constantly growing, new skin cells are coming up from inside the skin, the top layer of skin cells are dying and sloughing off. With just a few minutes of effort per day, we can have the skin we want, no matter what the skin concern. It’s just knowing what the correct regimen should be, and then doing the necessary steps.
Back off the sugar, and say hello to younger looking skin, and a healthier body.
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