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Sugar, it's not so sweet

28th January 2014

Sugar does not only have adverse effects on our weight, but research has also shown that it has a negative impact on our skin. According to some findings, a high level of sugar intake also has negative anti-ageing side effects on our skin. Below are a list of reasons on why sugar is bad for your skin and what types of sugars and foods we should be consuming instead. H2: The scientific explanation on how sugar intake can have a knock on effect on our skin

Our temptations for sweet and unhealthy foods can get the better of us sometimes and we don't realise the exact impact they can have on our skin as well as our waistline until much later.

When you consume sugar-based products or high-glycemic foods that rapidly convert to sugar, your body breaks down these carbohydrates into glucose. As a result, our insulin levels increase which leads to a burst of inflammation throughout the body.

Inflammation then creates enzymes which break down collagen and elastin, resulting in sagging skin and wrinkles. The first step to avoiding inflammation and our insulin levels from increasing in our body would essentially be to cut down on our sugar intake.

Focus on consuming more complex carbohydrates

You should try to have a fair amount of complex carbohydrates as part of your daily meals such as brown rice and vegetables. These are broken down in our body at a slower rate and don’t cause insulin levels to rise dramatically at a rapid pace.

Try to opt for low-glycemic options rather than high glymcemic options

Low-glycemic options delay sugar absorption as well as help us control our blood sugar levels. Foods like beans, nuts, wholegrains as well as fibrous foods are all examples of low-glycemic type of foods.

Try to follow an anti-inflammatory diet

One natural way of achieving radiant, youthful skin is to follow an anti-inflammatory diet. This would ultimately mean the consumption of healthy fats (avocado), lean proteins (salmon), fibre (broccoli and cauliflower) and antioxidants (berries).

Other anti-ageing solutions...

The reduction of consuming a high amount of sugar is a great start to putting off wrinkles from forming on our skin. Not only will this keep our insulin levels and inflammation levels in check but it would also help towards achieving a more desirable, slimmer figure.

Other natural remedies such as following anti-inflammatory diets are also an effective way to achieving glowing and youthful looking skin. You can even go the extra mile in delaying the process of your skin ageing too quickly by maybe looking at a range of skin rejuvenation treatments such as skin tightening that are available.

It's definitely worth visiting a professional and reliable skin clinic near you like sk:n. Here you will be able to find out more about these anti-ageing treatments from your allocated expert dermatologist.

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