How do Sweet Food Products Harm the Skin?
Everything that’s sweet may not be nice, at least not when you take it all the time.
Eating too many sweets can lead to trouble for your stomach and body as it can give rise to health issues such as obesity, heart diseases and even high blood sugar. However, along with the body, the skin also suffers tremendously if you intake too much sweet food on a regular basis. You should know the harmful effects of consuming foods rich in sugar content.
A look at how sweet products affects your skin
Many experts around the world suggest excess consumption of sugar makes the skin rough, dull and wrinkled leading to early-aging and unhealthy skin. A natural process glycation makes the consumed sugar enter your bloodstream and helps it to attach to the proteins. These together form new harmful molecules known as Advanced Glycation End products or AGEs. The more sugar you intake, the more AGEs develop.
They begin to accumulate and damage nearby proteins as well. This AGEs cause immense damage to protein fibers which keep the skin firm and elastic and are known as collagen and elastin. Collagen being the most prevalent protein in human body gets the most affected too. Wrinkles start to appear and the skin starts sagging once the collagen becomes resilient and springy and the elastin brittle and dry due to the damage caused. After the age of 35, a woman starts to experience the aging effects which increasing quite rapidly thereafter.
Having a high sugar diet will not help
A high-sugar diet also affects the collagen type in your skin apart from damaging it. This type of collagen has a direct effect on making the skin less resistant to wrinkling. Type 1, 2 and 3 are the most commonly found collagens in our skin with Type 3 being the longest lasting and most stable amongst them all. The process of glycation transforms this healthy Type 3 collagen into fragile and harmful Type 1 which leads less supple and rough skin. It results in the AGEs deactivating the natural antioxidant enzymes in our skin and making it susceptible to sun damage and aging.
People who are suffering from diabetes can truly explain how damaging and harmful sugar can be for the body. If you are suffering from diabetes but the disease goes undetected for a long time, you might soon show signs of early-aging much earlier than your 30’s. Dermatologists reveal that patients of diabetes can have up to 50 times more AGEs in their skin when compared to non-diabetic individuals.
So, what do you do?
It all boils down to how you carry on with your lifestyle. Yes, everybody loves chocolates, or for that matter, anything sweet. Even if you are in love with the heritage of an Old Monk, you would still have a love for that chocolate shake drink. No, we do not advise you to compromise on what you love – the talk’s about moderation.
Yes, by eating a well-balanced diet that is free from sugar-enriched items and by using the right skin care products on a regular basis, you can undo the sugar-damaged skin. Use serums and lotions that contain retinoids in them as this helps build new collagen in the body. Get back that young-looking and healthy skin and this time, maintain it by saying no to sugar.