Before you take another bite of that tempting chocolate chip cookie or indulge in a heavenly piece of cake – you might be interested in the effects sugar has on your skin.
What does sugar do to your skin?
Consuming too much sugar in your daily diet has been proven to cause wrinkles and also speed up the aging process.
When sugar is digested and processed through your bloodstream – it bonds with proteins to create harmful molecules in a process called glycation.
Glycation attacks the two proteins your skin needs to stay looking young: collagen and elastin.
Glycation also creates a lack of elasticity in your skin and makes your skin more fragile. The damage of these protein fibers are what leads to premature aging and wrinkles.
Sugar Has Started to Fight Back
Do you want to know how the effects of sugar can work for you and not add another pound to your waistline? The sweet stuff is coming back for another round – and this time it’s going to help your skin.
A sugar called Rhamnose may be the answer to preventing the wrinkles and line-causing effects of sugar to help restore a radiant glow to your skin.
Rhamnose is a rare deoxy sugar. It is found naturally in the uncaria plant, sumac, and silver birch trees.
Professor Jaggi Rao, from the University of Alberta, supported the anti-aging claims in his research study that found “Rhamnose had a protective building effect by stimulating collagen in the dermis [your skin],” and added, “Rhamnose is a very different substance that doesn’t act at all like glucose.”
Caroline Debbasch, scientific communication director of Vichy International Laboratories in Paris (creators of LiftActiv ), explains how it works to help your skin.
Your body “recognizes Rhamnose and sucks it into the skin, allowing it to target the cells that are susceptible to aging. By choosing good sugars that are capable of targeting good cells, we can reactivate skin youthfulness.”
The effects of sugar, applied topically, reacts with the layer of your skin responsible for the production and regeneration of collagen and elastin.
It contains natural anti-inflammatory properties that soothe your skin and delay aging.
These results suggest that Rhamnose may be a truly effective anti-aging agent.
In a clinical trial confirmed by outside testing, volunteers applied the Rhamnose lotion for eight weeks. Results showed a significant increase in collagen and epidermis thickening.
Smart Skin Care + Diet = Anti-Aging Prevention That Works
In addition to skin care, your diet has a lot to do with your outer appearance as well.
Carla Diano, a dietician in Toronto, explains, “45 to 65 percent of our daily caloric intake should come from carbs – which are sugars – and only 10 per cent from added sugars like high-fructose corn syrup.”
You have to make the right nutritional choices in addition to choosing the best topical applications. She concluded, “Health problems arise with quality and quantity issues. Sugar can certainly cause obesity, but it depends on how much you consume and what kind it is.”
The plain truth is your body needs sugar for survival, inside and out. The right choices in the right quantities are key. Choosing fresh, natural whole foods are always the best bet.
Eating a serving of ice cream that has one hundred calories simply doesn’t give your body or your skin the same benefits as a bowl of fruit salad with one hundred calories.
The former converts to fat, the latter to energy.
Clear, youthful skin, requires a two-pronged approach by combining smart skincare with healthy habits then figuring out which foods and products work best for YOU.