Does your sugar intake show on your face?
When we think of sugar’s effects on our body, we tend to think in terms of weight gain.
But too much added sugar harms more than just your waistline – it has serious effects on your face.
Some dermatologists have advised that giving up added sugar can make you look up to twenty years younger.
But how does sugar affect your face?
For a start, it damages your immune system, making it harder to combat viruses and infections. That gives the green light to coldsores, pimples and skin infections.
Sugar also causes inflammation. For paler skinned people, this can result in unsightly red patches. Plus, if you suffer from inflammatory conditions like eczema or rosasea, the strain on your body from overconsumption of sugar may make them worse.
It takes a lot of water for your body to get rid of excess sugar, as your kidneys work overtime and blood pumps around your body. Too much sugar therefore leaves you dehydrated. On your face, this means sagging skin and puffy eyes.
Your teeth hate sugar because it feeds bad bacteria, making holes in your teeth more likely and putting you at greater risk of dangerous gum infections. That’s bad news for your smile.
Sugar also has negative effects on the elastic collagen that holds your skin in place. Too much sugar results in more wrinkles and a generally older appearance.
They say ‘the eyes are the window to the soul’. In the same way, your face offers a glimpse of what’s going on throughout your body.
If the way your face looks will benefit from reducing sugar overload, just think how the rest of your body will respond.
The five signs of ‘sugar face’
Redness from the inflammatory effects
Infections both viral and bacterial, such as coldsores and pimples
Sagging skin from damaged elastin
Baggy eyes from dehydration
Bad teeth due to holes and inflamed gums