3 Ways Sugar Destroys Your Complexion (and Gives You “Sugar Face”)
The other day, I was waiting in the grocery checkout line. And my eyes landed on the conveyor belt. The man ahead of me was buying, among other things:
- Granola bars
- Breakfast cereal
- Sports drinks
- Orange juice
- Flavored yogurt
(Do you eat any of these foods?)
His skin was flaky, dull, oily, and wrinkly. (I’m sorry if that sounds judgmental, but noticing things like this is how I make my living.)
And there’s a reason I’m telling you this. You see, he’d made a devastating skin mistake… one that millions of people make every day.
Now, let me ask you: Do you know what all the foods I mentioned have in common?
Well, they’re (1) marketed as health foods… and (2) usually HIGH in sugar!
Now, we all love sugar. It’s part of being human.
When you have a bad day, sugar is there for you – ready to comfort you and help melt the stress away.
But sugar has an ugly side.
It turns out, sugar screws up your complexion in 3 devastating ways…
1. Collagen breakdown
3. Hormone disruption
So, here’s a question: If the link between sugar and your complexion quality is so strong, how come many people choose to ignore it?
Well, I think everyone’s so busy talking about sugar’s health consequences…they forget about sugar’s beauty consequences.
And plus, it’s almost impossible to notice the link, because “sugar face” doesn’t happen right away…
There’s a delay between when you eat sugar and when its effects show up on your skin.
Now, don’t get me wrong… People know sugar is bad for them.
According to a recent Healthline survey, 2 out of 3 people admit they should eat less sugar.
Not only that, about half of respondents reported feeling guilty about eating too much sugar.
So why don’t they cut down? Well, maybe… they can’t.
Because, let’s face it…it’s hard!
Sugar targets the pleasure centers in your brain. Like a drug, it makes you happy temporarily. In fact, new research suggests it may be as addictive as cocaine.
So, I know it’s hard to stop. But listen… you’re ruining your skin!
Here’s what sugar is doing to wreck your complexion and age your skin:
Sugar Skin Issue #1: Collagen Breakdown
Collagen is the most important structural molecule in your skin. By keeping your skin thick and elastic, it helps you stay wrinkle-free.
But as collagen is depleted by time – or diet – your skin becomes thinner, allowing wrinkles to form and making your skin saggy.
Sugar causes chemical reactions that interfere with collagen production…worsening the wrinkling and sagging nightmare you already have to deal with.
But that’s not all.
Sugar Skin Issue #2: Dehydration
I’m sure you’re aware how important it is to keep your skin hydrated…
After all, that’s why we moisturize!
It turns out, sugar can actually dehydrate your skin.
But don’t take my word for it. Listen to what Dr. Harold Lancer — Beverly Hills dermatologist to the stars — has to say about the effect of sugar on the skin:
“The skin becomes sallow, lackluster and you get those unwanted dark circles.”
As if all that wasn’t enough…it gets even worse…
Sugar Skin Issue #3: Increased Testosterone
That’s right. Eating sugar can also increase your testosterone, the male sex hormone!
Doctor Lancer says:
“Testosterone makes pores larger, skin is oilier, it turns your beautiful female skin into ruddy football player skin.”
At this point, you may be thinking, “What difference would it really make if I stopped eating sugar?”
Well, according to Dr. Lancer, his patients begin to see results within just a few days:
“They’ll feel better, their color will look better, their skin won’t be so oily and they won’t be so dry. Their circles will be reduced…”
Now, listen closely. I want you to thrive and have the best skin possible…and feel good when you look in the mirror.
So, here’s what you can start doing right now:
Next time you buy groceries, look at the ingredients label on each package you want to buy.
Check how much sugar it really has.
Unfortunately, you simply can’t trust the claims on the packaging.
Because a lot of the big companies that make these high-sugar products…well, they want to trick you into believing their products are healthy.
For example, VitaminWater – which has 8 teaspoons of sugar per 20oz. serving – claims to be healthy.
But the truth came out when a consumer advocacy group sued Coca Cola in 2015. (VitaminWater is owned by Coca Cola)
Coca Cola’s legal defense says it all. They claimed:
“No consumer could reasonably be misled into thinking Vitaminwater was a healthy beverage.”
Wow! Even they admit their marketing was full of lies!
How to cut down on sugar
Check the ingredients label for sugar content. This is the only way to know exactly how much of this skin enemy you’re putting in your body.
Make sure you keep an eye on how much total sugar you’re consuming… and keep in mind that you shouldn’t exceed 25 grams in a day (according to Healthline).
But don’t despair. Cutting down on sugar doesn’t mean you lose all the sweetness in your life.
Just use stevia extract in place of sugar.
It’s naturally derived from a plant in the Chrysanthemum family, and won’t harm your skin!
Just one pinch of Stevia powder has as much sweetness as a teaspoon of table sugar.
But wait… is sugar always bad for your skin?
If you have a bag of sugar lying around, you don’t need to throw it away…
This scrub can help brighten your complexion, while supporting smooth, supple skin.
Which means it’s undoing some of the harm EATING sugar causes.
P.S. I’d love to hear your thoughts on sugar. Will you try to cut down?
Have you tried before? What happened?