- Are you 53 ?!
- Are you 53? You don't even look 40.
And I hear it all the time.
23 years ago, after the birth of my daughter, I developed an allergy to sugar. I felt bad even from its small amount. It seemed that I was taking poison, and I departed very hard. So, 23 years ago, I refused sugar, and also stopped eating starchy foods.
Today, when I walk down the street, men of different ages look at me. With a height of 175 cm, my weight is 58 kg. I think these are good indicators, as I do not eat sugar. At the same time, I eat whatever I want (naturally in limited quantities), and do yoga every day.
And although I know that men pay attention to me, because I look great in jeans, I wondered if the refusal from sugar is the reason that my face does not have wrinkles, and the skin shines even without makeup. And when I'm interested, I do research. How does the exclusion of sugar from the diet affect the slowing of the aging process of the skin?
What I discovered is just amazing.
First, sugar exists in different forms. The most common form for women is added sugars, which are contained in wine, chocolate, ice cream and coffee.
Many people do not know that sugar is also found in starchy foods like bread, potatoes and pasta. It is also in finished products, such as spices and crackers.
Consuming any type of sugar can affect the health of your skin. So how does sugar in coffee for breakfast, a pack of chips for lunch or a bowl of ice cream before bedtime affect the skin?
If the diet includes the consumption of large amounts of sugar, glycation occurs, a process that leads to a noticeable aging of the skin.
In the process of glycation, sugars attach to proteins and form complex, more dangerous proteins called end-products of glycosylation (AGE-products). The more sugar you consume, the greater the amount of AGE products becomes.
Collagen and elastin, proteins that are contained in the skin and affect its evenness and elasticity, are damaged AGE-products. The more sugar you eat, the more AGE products are produced, as a result of which your skin becomes dry and fragile. It causes wrinkles and flabbiness.
Worse, sugar affects the quality of collagen and can lead to hair growth and the appearance of dark spots on the face and neck. Moreover, due to AGE products, your skin is more vulnerable to the sun's rays, which can later become a serious problem.
So, that slice of cheesecake, which you ate after dinner, someday literally appear on your face.
Fortunately, there are ways to repel the damage caused by sugar. You need to start from the inside.
Watch out for hidden sugars in food. Sugar is everywhere! It is found in sweet yogurt, chili sauce, which you add to the pad thai. One glass of wine contains tons of sugar.
Watch out for these types of sugars. Try not to consume them - just eat a small piece of chocolate cake.
Also eat more fruits and vegetables, as they are rich in powerful antioxidants that destroy AGE products. Daily intake of one milligram of vitamins B1 and B6 will help prevent the appearance of these products. Vitamin C is another important component that can be taken in combination or separately.
There are many skin care products to help you deal with the effects of sugar on her condition. Pay attention to those funds that contain retinol, a component that helps in the production of collagen. Aminoguanidine products block the formation of AGE products. Alpha lipoic acid helps prevent the process of glycation and has anti-inflammatory action. All of these products can be purchased at the pharmacy.
I know what your next question will be. “So, I can continue to eat what I like, take some supplements, use fashionable expensive cream and look young?”
I did not want to upset you, but no.
I do not mean that you need to say goodbye to ice cream and chocolate cake forever. It is very important to refine your diet to avoid the negative effects of sugar on your skin.
Watch the hidden sugars in the products and you will feel the difference. If you can limit the consumption of this type of sugars, your total amount of sugars consumed will also decrease.
Beware of processed foods, which often contain high amounts of sugar, and sugary carbonated drinks and ready-made sweets, which include high-fructose corn syrup. Learn to distinguish between the foods that you feed your body in order to control the effects they have on your skin.
I repeat again. You have already heard 3.359.009 times you need to eat more fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants and fresh food nutrients can help reduce the negative effects of AGE products.
Personally, I do not particularly like vegetables, so I drink fresh vegetable with the addition of a small amount of fresh fruit or applesauce. So I saturate the body with essential products, so that people continue to say how young I look.
And I have to admit that despite the fact that I behave as if I do not look younger than my years, I like the fact that people around you notice this. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why I walk so proudly down the street.