We all want healthy, glowing, radiant skin, but we can’t expect high quality skincare to take care of everything regardless of our lifestyles. What we eat, makes a difference too.
We all know that sugar has an adverse affect when it comes to our bodies, but most people are blissfully unaware that eating it, also dramatically speeds up the ageing process causing wrinkles, sagging skin and inflammation.
Consuming excessive amounts of sugar, carbohydrates (i.e. white rice, bread and pasta) and high-glycemic foods makes our blood sugar levels too high, which in turn produces a chemical reaction in our bodies known as ‘glycation’. This has a detrimental affect on our skin’s surface, making it stiff and inflexible, which leads to premature ageing and wrinkles.
What is Glycation?
Our bodies are programmed to break down carbohydrates into sugars, like glucose and fructose, which give us energy. However, when we consume too much sugar, the excess sugar molecules in our blood react with proteins and fats in an abnormal way.
The sugar molecules permanently bind themselves to proteins and fats, producing harmful molecules called ‘Advanced Glycation End Products’ (also known as AGEs).
As a result of this chemical attack, the proteins in our skin – collagen and elastin – break down, becoming weak and less supple, causing wrinkles, loss of firmness and sagging skin. The presence of AGEs also makes our complexion more vulnerable to harmful free radicals from UV light and pollution.
Evidently, one of the best ways we can help to protect our skin and preserve a more youthful appearance is by avoiding sugar – including healthier natural sugars in fruit and honey.
There are so many hidden sugars in the foods we eat, and most of us would be shocked if we ‘totted up’ the amount of sugar we consumed every day thanks to clever (or deceptive) marketing tactics – especially when it comes to ‘low fat foods’. Once fat is removed, the only way to give its flavour back is to add sugar. The scariest example of hidden sugars is children’s breakfast cereal… now don’t get me started on that one!
Naturally, I’m here to give you a little helping hand…
One of the superfood ingredients I use in my skincare products is Rosemary Co2 Extract (Rosamox™). This was specifically chosen for its ability to combat the effects of glycation – but this doesn’t give you license to eat more sugar!
Rosemary Co2 Extract also provides protection against UV stress, and it reduces the accumulation of skin damage over time, to keep skin looking healthier, and younger, for longer.