HOW SUGAR AFFECTS YOUR SKIN

Happy new week after a beautiful Easter holiday weekend! After talking about skin-friendly foods last week, it’s time to move on to a food that’s not so friendly for your skin! I’m not sure about you, but I am definitely one who can’t resist those delicious Reese’s chocolate bunnies or jelly beans this time of year… But all that sweetness isn’t so great for your complexion! Here’s how sugar affects your skin, what to watch out for, and how to banish those sugar cravings for good:

 

Let’s start with those breakouts that totally seem to be from hormones – i.e. that time of the month. If you’ve been upping your sugar intake lately, your hormones may not be to blame! Sugar consumption is known to increase inflammation throughout your ENTIRE body…so you know that’s not great for your skin! This inflammation turns into redness, blotchiness, and – yep, you guessed it – more acne. Enza Essentials Extraction System is absolutely PERFECT for fighting and preventing those breakouts.

 

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Like with inflammation, your skin has a direct connection to your digestive system and nutrition. AKA: anything your body can’t break down too easily, your skin can’t either. A process called “glycation” – where a sugar molecule actually bonds with and damages your proteins – can lead to early-on sagging and wrinkles…EEK! I’d say premature aging is a HUGE motivator to cut back on the sweets!

 

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So, what should you watch out for? Sure, it’s pretty obvious where you can find sugar in its most well-known form as you spoon it into your Starbucks or on top of your oatmeal, but don’t forget about its hidden forms! Sugar can be hiding in highly-refined and processed foods…including carbs. Watch out for sugars in bagels and pasta (yikes!) and especially when listed as high fructose corn syrup.

 

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Fighting those sugar cravings isn’t as tough as you may think, trust me! If you think of when you’re most craving sugar, it’s probably when you need an afternoon pick-me-up, right? Get a full night of Zzzs to fight off the afternoon urge for sugary snacks! Also keep up on your exercise, H2O, and vitamins to be rid of those cravings in no time.

 

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How do you fight sugar cravings and save your skin? Let me know in the comments, and shop my faves below!

-xo Karli

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