What the heck is “Sugar Face”? Well, pastry lovers, we have some bad news: sugar is aging you. You probably already knew that sugar was bad for the waistline, but many people overlook the effects sugar has on the skin. So how exactly might this confectionary delight be deepening lines and dulling your glow? Experts point to two major reasons:
1. Breaks Down Collagen
Word of the day: glycation. This is the natural process in which sugar in your bloodstream attaches to proteins and produces harmful free radicals called advanced glycation end products (AGEs). To sum it it up: AGEs break down collagen, the springy substance that makes your skin look plump, youthful, and lifted. This breakdown affects your complexion in the form of fine lines, sagging and wrinkles.
2. Triggers Insulin Production & Acne
Sugar in any form influences the two major causes of acne: hormones and inflammation. Eating sugar causes your blood sugar levels to increase at a faster rate, and your pancreas responds by releasing insulin. The result? Oil and acne production.
Signs of Sugar Face:
Here are some tell-tale signs that sugar is wreaking havoc on your skin:
Overly oily skin with persistent acne
Discoloration and dark patches around the nose and under eyes
Crevices in the forehead and laugh lines
Sagging around the jowls
How To Stop It:
Now, the good news: it’s never too late to start battling the effects of sugar on your skin. Here are some changes you can make today:
1. Cut Back On Sugar
Simpler than it sounds – we know. Try to keep added sugar to no more than 10% of your daily calorie intake. The worst offender of added sugar: high fructose corn syrup. This type of sugar, found in soft drinks, sweetened fruit drinks, and many packaged foods, produces the most AGEs. Drinking bottled iced tea? Switch it out for homemade cold brew teas which are naturally sweet and sugar-free.
2. Increase Hydration
Water is essential to the production of collagen and elastin, and keeping your body hydrated can improve its ability to counteract the aging effects of glycation. Don’t love to chug plain H2O? Try adding in ultra-hydrating teas with Hibiscus like our GLOW beauty blend (bonus: it has collagen-enhancing ingredients like butterfly pea for an extra boost)!
3. Supplement Your Collagen Intake
Collagen supplements are a great way to combat and prevent fine lines and sagging. They’re also amazing for stronger hair and nails. Try our specially formulated Collagen which mixes into tea and other hot or cold beverages without leaving any taste or clumping behind.
4. Better Sleep
Getting your beauty rest is one of the best ways to give your skin a boost. While you’re sleeping, your skin regenerates and repairs any damage done during the day. Quality is better than quantity. Your body does the most work during deep sleep. Looking to get your best rest? Our Beauty Sleep System will do the heavy lifting!
Remember, aging naturally is beautiful and not all fine lines are due to a high sugar diet. But if you’re overindulging in sweets and bottled beverages, your complexion and body are suffering the consequences.
At Snarky Tea we make products that help you make better choices every day. Our supercharged tea blends are naturally sugar-free and made for everything from boosting energy, beating bloat, a glowing complexion, or even better sleep. Check out our full lineup of function-based, Feel Good Blends and naturally sweet cold brew. Self-care never tasted so good!