Sugar Face – Time to Face the Facts about Sugar
BY FIONA FOWLEY, DIRECTOR
Beyonce has done it. So too has Jessica Biel, Jessica Alba, The Kardashian sisters, Gisele Bundchen and Gwyneth Paltrow. Because, giving up sugar – or at least cutting down – is not only good for your waistline, it can be transformational for your skin too.
So what is Sugar Face?
You see, as delicious as it might taste, sugar has a toxic effect on the body. Even sugar substitutes, including High Fructose Corn syrup, are highly addictive and wreak havoc on our systems and hormones, zapping our ability to know when we are full…and making us feel hungry more often.
And then there’s our skin. Sugar very quickly works to break down our beloved collagen that keeps our skin looking youthful, plump and lifted. It also triggers insulin which affects the production of the proteins and amino acids that build up collagen and elasticity. And, if that’s not enough, it’s also a dehydration agent so it increases oil production (which can lead to breakouts) and depletes the water in your cells leaving skin looking less oxygenated, more lacklustre with those unwanted dark circles. It’s little wonder most of Hollywood have kicked their sugar habit.
There’s only a certain amount great advanced facials and products can do, and I’m always very honest about that. I’m a big advocate of being just as mindful of what you put into your body as what you invest on your skin and a sugar face cannot hide behind even the latest lotions and potions. Think of it like a sweet poison.
Ready to Quit?
The good news is, you can make changes and reap the beauty rewards in a matter of days. By cutting down on your sugar intake, skin will very quickly appear brighter, wrinkles less pronounced and much more hydrated. Here are my top tips for kicking the sugar habit:
- Start the day as you mean to go on with a protein-rich breakfast and avoid sugar at breakfast at all costs. Otherwise, it’ll kick start those cravings.
- Ditch fizzy drinks…even the diet ones
- Prep in advance to cut down on cravings. If you’re hungry you’ll reach for whatever there is, so make sure you plenty of nuts and other healthy snacks to hand
- Read the labels. Sugar is hidden in so many foods so save your sugar intake for the foods you really enjoy and cut back on the rest.
If you do need indulge, opt for quality over quantity. A slice of 80% chocolate will satisfy those cravings much quicker. Keep your standards high.
I wish you the best of luck with your adventures into a low sugar world!
Fiona Fowley - Founder and Director of Zen Lifestyle
Fiona Fowley is the beauty expert and entrepreneur behind the Zen Lifestyle salons. Originally a beauty therapist, Fiona realised there was a gap in the market to create a unique kind of customer experience in the UK beauty and spa industry. She created Zen Lifestyle to provide discerning clients with an exceptionally high standard of therapies in luxurious, beautifully designed surroundings. she has led the business to 18 national beauty awards, as well as being voted UK Salon of the Year 5 times.