Does Sugar Make You Age Faster?

We all know that eating too many sweets and sugary food is bad for your health, and you will probably gain some pounds too. But did it ever concern you that too much sugar in the body may cause skin problems? For sweet and dessert lovers out there, this might get u a bit upset but here is the truth about what sugar might do to your skin.

According to Dr. Nicholas Perricone, a dermatologist and nutritionist, sugar can cause “a burst of inflammation throughout the body.” Why is that? Sugar or high-glycemic foods convert to sugar rapidly. These carbohydrates will break down into glucose, which will raise your insulin levels and puts unnatural demands on your body. The inflammation will produce enzymes that break down collagen and elastin, which may result in wrinkles and sagging skin. Aside from increasing effects of aging, too much sugar may cause skin conditions like acne and rosacea. The more sugar you intake, the more likely you will develop insulin resistance, which can manifest as excess hair growth and dark patches on the neck and in body creases.

What sugar you should avoid? Simple carbohydrates, which can rapidly break down into glucose and result in insulin spikes, are your skin’s enemy. Such foods that contain simple carbohydrates are: white bread, candy, fried food, ice cream, cream cheese, pizza, packaged snacks, soda, fruit juice, and sugar (white and brown). If you want healthier body and skin, consume less of these foods.

But don’t worry, not all sugar is bad. Complex carbohydrates, which are broken down into glucose at a slower rate, are good for the skin and body. Foods such as brown rice, vegetables, beans, nuts, whole grains and fruits contain complex carbohydrates and other natural elements that will help you maintain your youthful skin.

The rule is simple: eat less of complex carbohydrates and more of complex carbohydrates. It is okay to cheat once in a while because having a balanced diet is most important. So, don’t feel stressed, you can still eat your favorite dessert. 😉

What’s Best For Your Skin: Cream or Serum?

Sometimes it can be hard to determine which skincare product is best for your skin. Your skin type, weather, and the environment you live in are very important factors to determine if a cream or a serum is good for you. First, let’s see the difference between a cream and a serum.

Creams are basically a mixture of oil and water that might contain active ingredients such a hyaluronic acid, vitamin E and Q10. When applied to skin, they create a thick barrier that protects your skin and also prevent water from evaporating. Serums, on the other hand, are much more lightweight than creams. Serums tend to be more water based and more liquid-like. The skin absorbs serums easier and faster than creams. Serums are popular for their super high concentration of active ingredients for anti-aging and brightening. They are one super powerful non-prescription skin product you can get and that’s why they are expensive to get even a small bottle.

So which one works best for you?

For people who have normal to dry skin, I would recommend getting a cream. Since cream has oil, they will keep your skin hydrated and moisturized. I would also recommend this to people who live in dry places. But creams come in different formulas that are specific for your skin type, so they are not necessarily only for dry skin types. Always read the labels on the product. Because creams have oil, I would not recommend people who have acne prone skin to use them often. The oil might clog the pores and increase the occurrence of pimples and acne.

Because serums are light and water based, they are suitable for most skin types. Serums work well for people with oily skin and won’t leave your skin feeling thick and greasy. Most serums have powerful active ingredients making it great for anti-aging effects. Although lightweight but still hydrates and moisturizes your skin. I would recommend using serums in all weather conditions. It is non-greasy, doesn’t clog pores, and moisturizes your skin. If you don’t know your skin type, using a serum wouldn’t be a bad idea. Although serums are expensive, but a little bit per day goes a long way.

The weather is always changing and our skin need to adjust to these changes. So it is best to have both cream and serum available whenever you need it.

Here is a serum that you might want to try out. Great for anti-aging and for all skin types.