Sugar + Your Healthiest Skin

Close up of pile of candy conversation hearts in pastel colors.

Good genetics aside, when it comes to your skin there are a combination of things you can do to keep your skin healthy.

Eat well
Get plenty of sleep
Lots of fresh air
Regular exercise
Consistent, solid skincare routine
Moderate sun exposure
 

I don't know about you, but I tend to have a feast or famine approach towards the first item on the list.  I can at times be extraordinarily disciplined about what I eat, and I find that learning more about the topic actually motivates me to try harder.  Then something happens like I have a bad day or my kids or husband drive me crazy (is it just me?) and there I am, friends again with that potato chip bag.

It has taken me a good long while to wrap my head around the fact that there's so much evidence that sugar is bad for you. Not just bad unhealthy - bad, like it ages your skin. Bad, like metabolic disease is on the rise (another topic).

Katherine Hou writes that, "In a nutshell, it breaks down collagen, the springy substance that makes your skin look plump, youthful, and lifted." It also weakens our immune system and triggers insulin production, all of which contributes towards our skin aging faster than we'd like.

I'm a big believer in moderation and could never cut sugar completely out of my diet.

But make me think twice about trying? For sure.

Read Katherine's article about sugar and the health of our skin in its entirety: http://nymag.com/thecut/2016/04/sugar-skin-face-beauty.html


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