The Effects of Sugar on the Skin
The Unfortunate Truth About Sugars
Summer seems to be the season of sweet treats. Just thinking about tucking into a delicious ice cream on a sweltering hot day is enough to make your mouth water. But let’s not sugar-coat things. We’ve all heard about the impacts of sugar on our health and waist line (something that’s easy to ignore when you’re faced with a nice slice of cheesecake), but what we often forget is that it also affects our skin. It’s worrying to think that the biscuits, chocolate bars and wine you enjoy could be reflected eventually in the form of wrinkles, spots, hair growth and pigmentation on your skin.
As alarming as that may sound, there is a solution and at Sparx, and we want to make it as easy as possible for you to eliminate the effects of sugar on your skin. Below you’ll find some helpful tips about foods that impact your skin positively. We’ll also recommend some skin-saving products that can help you maintain a beautiful complexion while eating the foods you love (in moderation of course!).
Control the Effects of Sugar on Your Skin at Sparx Beauty Salon in Winchester
Sugars can have an ageing impact on your skin because they cause the glycation of proteins or fats to form advanced glycation end products (AGEs). This process can create fine lines, wrinkles and thinner skin.
If you’ve started to notice the ageing impacts of sugars on your skin, or perhaps even if you know you have a sweet tooth, why not ask one of our beauticians for AlumierMD’s Alumience A.G.E Serum? This ground breaking product contains a combination of naturally occuring dipeptides, anti-oxidants and amino acid which prevent glycation and reduce AGEs. The serum has the added benefit of combating the effects of UV-induced skin damage and promoting collagen production to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. As your Sparx beauty therapist for more information.
Healthy Foods for Radiant Skin
The good news is that there are also many foods which are good for your skin. The key to glowing skin isn’t just about visiting our Winchester salon regularly – it’s a combination of the way you treat your skin directly (through visits to our salon) and indirectly, through many factors such as sleep, diet and exercise. Here’s a quick guide to how vitamins alone can affect your skin, and where you can find them.
Vitamin A – promotes healthy skin cell production and keeps skin firm and healthy. Found in carrots, broccoli, dairy, egg yolks.
Vitamin B12 – helps to control the production of pigment in your skin to avoid dark spots and pigmentation. Found in animal products, including meat, fish, poultry, eggs and dairy. If you are vegan, it’s worth taking vitamin B12 supplements, or some plant-based products such as vegan milks are fortified with the vitamin.
Vitamin C – helps form collagen, which gives your skin more structure and elasticity. Found in citrus fruits, kiwi, cauliflower, peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, broccoli.
Vitamin D – crucial for the creation of skin cells. Every cell in your body has receptors for the “sunshine vitamin” which shows how important it is. If you’re lacking in vitamin D, it can show up on your skin in the form of eczema, sweating, acne and wrinkles. Found in animal products such as egg yolks and salmon, or in fortified products such as milks, orange juices and soya milk. Mushrooms can also be a good source if left out in the sun.
Vitamin E – important for the maintenance of healthy skin tissue because it blocks free radicals from the body, which are a key factor in the ageing process. Found in leafy greens, nuts, avocado, sunflower seed, broccoli.
Fat – this isn’t a vitamin, but unsaturated fat is still important for soft skin and shiny hair. Olive oil and avocado are a source of monounsaturated fats, and omega-3 fats can be found in seeds and fatty fish.
Treatments from Sparx Beauty Salon in Winchester to Help with the Symptoms of a Sugary Diet
Sugars don’t just age your skin – they can exacerbate a whole host of other skin problems too such as rosacea, acne, excess hair growth and pigmentation. Luckily, we have a number of treatments that can help tackle all of these common issues at our beauty and aesthetics clinic in Winchester.
If you’re suffering from acne, we recommend our intense pulsed light (IPL) laser therapy. This helps to destroy spots by eliminating bacteria in your pores and is useful for reducing redness and discolouration, clearing your complexion. As well as treating acne, IPL is useful for removing facial hair and reducing acne scars and pigmentation. For more information about our acne treatments, click here.
If you have rosacea, you could try Dermaroller Therapy, an advanced microneedling treatment, improving your skin’s texture, tone and colour. IPL can also help rosacea. Click here to find out more.
For the ageing and pigmentation associated with eating too much sugar, you could try microdermabrasion. This removes dead skin cells from your face and body using tiny microcrystals which are propelled across your skin. The end result is younger, brighter looking skin. Check out our other treatments for pigmentation and ageing skin here.
Book Your Appointment at Sparx Beauty Salon in Winchester Today
If you’re worried about the effect sugar is having on your skin, there’s no need to panic! Simply pop into our salon and one of our experienced beauty therapists would be happy to help create an action plan so that your skin will be left looking younger, brighter and more radiant. Call us on 01962 878979. We hope to see you soon!