How does your sugar consumption affect your skin?
Delicious goodies and snacks will be displayed as snacks to welcome guests and bring good cheer to families! With every gathering, sweet drinks and desserts will be a sweet treat for all!
However, before you get your hands on them, find out how these high sugar food impact our skin health.
Increased sugar intake from high glycaemic food such as white bread and sugary drinks encourage glycation, which is the process of sugar molecules attaching to fats and proteins to form compounds known as Advanced Glycation End products (AGEs) that result in the ‘sugar sag’. When proteins such as collagen are impaired by glycation, the skin has a decreased collagen production and loses its elasticity causing our skin to sag.
Due to the cross-linking between collagen fibres and sugar, the skin becomes stiffer and more susceptible to inflammation and damage from environmental factors around us.
The role of diet for our skin is essential, but you don’t need to remove sugar completely from your diet. One of the key ways to manage glycation is to maintain steady blood sugar levels while consuming food low in glycaemic such as wholegrain, fruits, and vegetables. Do not forget about getting sufficient rest and using good skincare that can help boost your skin's collagen.