How Overeating Sugar Affects Our Skin's Health

Published on April 04, 2017

Eating Too Much Sugar

We all love to indulge in a treat once in awhile, but overeating sugar can negatively impact our skin’s health. In addition to the cakes, pastries, sugary drinks, and other indulgences we consume, simple carbohydrates like white bread and pasta also turn to sugar more quickly in the body. By cutting down your refined sugar and simple carbohydrate intake, you can start to detect the natural sweetness of foods like carrots, beets, peppers, let alone the natural sugars in fruits so that we require less sugar to satisfy our cravings.

When our sugar intake is increased, we experience many symptoms associated with inflammation like acne or rosacea. We also experience symptoms that our commonly associated solely with aging such as wrinkles or sagging of the skin. Yet, when we reduce our daily intake of sugar, the first radical change occurs in our skin’s appearance, no matter what your age.

Hydrated Skin

Our skin becomes more easily hydrated because water’s ability to bind with our skin is recovered. We no longer experience the dark circles around the eyes to the degree we once did. We recover our skin’s glow because our pores absorb the water and oxygen, and our complexion improves with our circulation.  

Improved Texture

Our skin’s texture improves with reduced sugar intake. The collagen and elasticity of our skin improves, reducing signs we likely attribute to aging such as sagging, wrinkles, or stiffness of skin. Our pores become more refined and our skin produces less oil due to the decrease in testosterone that sugar once spiked in our bodies.

Even Complexion

Redness or rosacea symptoms in the face are minimal with reduced sugar intake because our bodies heal from a state of chronic inflammation. We are less likely to experience acne or breakouts when we cut out sugar because our overall health has improved. Our immunity is restored and our system fights off the bacteria that once clogged our pores.

Sugar Substitutes

If you want to reduce your sugar intake, here are 5 sugar substitutes:

Natural Sugar Substitutes

Characteristics

Real Maple Syrup

Antioxidant; Canadian-made products; Mineral-rich, 

Honey

Antioxidant; Local products; Supports bees

Applesauce

Adds moisture to baking; Sugar-free varieties

Coconut Sugar

High in potassium; Antioxidants; High in fructose

 Stevia

Zero calories; Plant-based

 

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Posted in Good Eats, Health & Wellness, Natural Beauty


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