Sugar - Is it robbing your youth?
Avoiding sugar like the plague:
It is something we all know about, we have heard it a million times to the point I think that we just dismiss it because of not wanting to know the truth. I am even guilty of it but maybe once we fully understand what that piece of cake may mean for our skin it will lose some of its appeal, I recently decided to take myself in hand and cut out sugar, again. The results are instantaneous. So let me run though why you shouldn’t touch sugar and treat it like the poison it is.
Sugar equals inflammation in the body, right down to a cellular level, this results in any or all of these symptoms on the skin as loss of radiance, dark circles, puffiness, increase in fine lines and wrinkles, loss of facial contours and increased pore size. If you think of acne which is an inflammatory disorder, imagine what sugar can do to exacerbate it, if anyone wants to maintain a clear, healthy and youthful appearance then sugar has definitely got to be excluded from your life.
Glycation: The age-accelerating reaction to excess blood sugar.
When we consume sugary or starchy foods the sugar in the bloodstream bond to the protein in your tissues, via a process known as glycation. Glycation can occur in skin as well, creating detrimental age-related changes to collagen—and that means deep wrinkles.
In your skin you have collogen fibres and elastin fibres that make up the scaffolding of your skin, individual units of collogen are woven together with elastin fibres at evenly spaced intervals giving you a large net with great stability and strength.
The sugar molecules then attach themselves to the collagen fibers where they trigger a series of spontaneous chemical reactions. These reactions culminate in the formation and gradual accumulation of irreversible “cross-links” joining the elastin and collagen molecules. This extensive cross-linking of collagen causes the loss of skin elasticity. You will notice square “pillows” in the skin where the fibres have been joined together.
Besides affecting out collogen and elastin already exsisting in the skin it affects our Fibroblast cell which is responsible for creating new support fibres for the skin, we can see inflammatory chemicals produced the in the fibroblast when sugar is added.
Sugar can also attach to components in the cell plasma membrane forming chemicals called “advanced glycation end products”, appropriately known as AGEs. Accumulation of AGEs in a cell can lead to malfunction and, as the acronym indicates, aging. In addition to producing wrinkled, sagging skin, glycation degrades other vital organs, including your kidneys, lungs, and brain.
The bond between the sugar and collagen generates a continuous stream of free radicals, which damage our cells and tissues and stimulate even more inflammation. Eventually leaving you skin resembling something not unlike an old boot.
Sun exposure will make these matter a whole lot worse accelerating the glycation process.
Repairing the damage
We all are guilty of eating foods high in sugar, and most of us can also lay claim to our share of skin-damaging sun worship. The good news is that it is never too late to begin the repair process.
The obvious start is to cut out sugar!!!
Not just actual sugar, read the labels of what you are eating, you will be surprised at how much sugar you are ingesting besides what you put into you coffee and tea.
Take Vitamin C, as a supplement to fight free radicals and provide your skin with what it needs for repair and topically for increasing radiance, improves textures and tone of the skin.
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