Top Reason to Stay Away from Halloween Candy!
Sorting through your children’s Halloween candy is a good practice for health and safety, but it also gives parents an excuse to snatch up a few of their favorite candy bars.
And while sugar consumption in moderation is okay for both children and adults from time to time (it is basically unavoidable post trick-or-treat!), overeating the sweet stuff can have negative health effects including weight gain, disruption of your body’s natural blood sugar regulation, and damaging teeth leading to cavities and a trip to the dentist’s office.
But one negative effect that we rarely consider when discussing over consumption of processed sugars is the damage it can cause to our skin.
In a process called glycation, the sugar in your bloodstream attaches to proteins and produces harmful free radicals that accumulate. The more sugar you consume causes more damage to the surrounding proteins. If this sounds like something concocted by a mad scientist, here’s a breakdown of how this process manifests in the skin to make it more digestible.
Sugar Damages the Building Blocks of Skin
The proteins that are most vulnerable to damage are collagen and elastin, the building blocks of your skin that are responsible for keeping skin plump and firm and retaining the elasticity and healthy characteristics of a youthful complexion.
When these important proteins are damaged and weakened by sugar, they become stiff, dry and brittle which results in visible signs of aging like sagging, fine lines, and wrinkles.
In addition to diminishing your skin’s structural strength and stability, sugar also deactivates your body’s natural antioxidant enzymes which serve to protect the skin against free radical damage.
Without antioxidant protection, the skin is exposed to environmental attackers like pollution, blue light, and UV rays which trigger oxidative stress that contribute to premature signs of aging.
Signs That Sugar is Aging Your Skin
By age 35, the effects of glycation become visible in the face in the form of lines and wrinkles, especially around the mouth, as well as sagging jowls. Additionally, skin becomes discolored by hyperpigmentation and the complexion appears hard and shiny instead of soft and supple.
How to Prevent Sugar Damage
Reduce Sugar Intake
Of course, the most obvious strategy to prevent sugar damage to the skin is by limiting sugar intake. Dieticians suggest that sugar should make up no more than 10% of the daily allowance of calories in your diet. Specifically, it is advised to steer clear of processed sugars, like high fructose corn syrup, as this type of sugar causes the most damage.
In addition to reducing sugar, supplement your diet with vitamins and antioxidant rich foods to help fight free radical damage. Not only should you increase antioxidant intake in food, but also add antioxidants in your skincare routine as well. Eminence’s Citrus & Kale Potent C+E Serum is high in antioxidants to help collagen and elastin maintain their strength and protect against the oxidizing effects of free radicals.
Be sure to also drink plenty of water since it is essential to healthy skin and a healthy body. Staying well hydrated improves your body’s ability to counteract the aging effects of glycation by aiding in the production of new collagen and elastin.
Get Your Beauty Sleep
Getting plenty of good sleep is essential, not only for overall health, but also for skin health. During sleep, the body is still working in overdrive, regenerating and repairing any damage done during the day to counteract the aging effects of sugar and other stressors.
According to Eminence Product Support Representative Alicia Hawthorne, “the benefit of detoxifying the skin is that it allows the skin a fresh start. Detox stimulates a healthier environment for the skin and can encourage increased production of collagen and elastin. These changes can help increase cell turnover and improve the skin barrier overall.”