Avoiding "Sugar Face" During the Holidays
Take a pass on the trick-or-treat goodies the kids bring home, the pumpkin pie and sweets this holiday season.
The lowdown, SUGAR BREAKS DOWN COLLAGEN, the springy substance that makes your skin look plump, youthful, and lifted. In addition, sugar can weaken the immune system, and a suppressed immune system is bad at fighting off bacteria, bacteria clogged in pores creates pimples.
This all probably comes as no surprise, but sugar (corn syrup, cane sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, etc.) is extremely damaging to the skin and can be damaging to all organ systems.
Sugar suppresses the activity of our white blood cells, making us more susceptible to infectious disease too, like a cold or the flus, well as cancer. The same disruption of the white blood cells can also make allergies worse.
Sugar is the ENEMY of Collagen: Wrinkles, deep lines and sagging skin are a partial byproduct of the process known as glycation, in which excess sugar molecules attach themselves to collagen fibers and ultimately cause them to lose their strength and flexibility. What happens, skin becomes less elastic and more vulnerable to sun damage, fine lines and sagging.
Sugar and other high-glycemic carbohydrates such as breads, starches, potatoes, baked goods, pastas, desserts and soda, are rapidly converted to glucose in your bloodstream.
5 SIGNS THAT SUGAR IS AGING YOUR FACE: The effects of sugar on your skin are unique:
Your skins surface looks shiny and hard.
Your upper lip forms deep, crosshatch lines.
Hyperpigmentation and discoloration show on your skins surface.
Deep crevices appear, especially around the laugh line area.
Sagging skin around the jowl area.
To The Rescue: The Glycation Fighter Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA): Thanks to ALA, we’re not completely powerless in the fight. Its powerful anti-glycating effects and anti-inflammatory properties make it highly recommended both topically or as a supplement. Since ALA’s are fat soluble, they can penetrate into the skin where they can wield their anti-inflammatory power to great benefit and help protect the cells from free radical damage.