Do you have sugar face?

Every time I turn around there is a new habit, or food item I am eating, or doing that is affecting my skin. Whether it’s the pollution from walking out of my apartment and taking the subway, or traveling wherever it seems as though there is always a new toxic substance that is contributing to the demise of my skin.

Sugar Face is not a new term that has been used in the beauty world to describe our habits that are wreaking havoc to our skin. It’s been a word used for a while, but I just have not paid attention to it because I don’t’ have the willpower to give up sugar 100%, so I conveniently chose to ignore it.

What is Sugar Face?


Sugar is a dehydrating agent, so it increases oil production. It also affects water binding, so your skin looks less perky and glowy, and doesn’t appear as oxygenated. The skin becomes hallow, lackluster and you get those unwanted dark circles, and you get mild swelling and breakouts. 🙈

Sugar leads to glycation, a process in which excess glucose molecules cling to your collagen, distorting it and driving it to be stiff.

If you want filtered free skin and you’re sick of seeing all those spots and fine lines, I recommend avoiding sugar as much as possible. There’s nothing nutritious about it. In moderation a little here and there is ok, but in small doses.

According to experts, people see changes within 72 to 96 hours. They feel better, color will look more even, skin won’t be so oily, and dry.  In addition, dark circles will be reduced.

In the end, when you want to break it down from highest to low beauty offenders here are the levels:

1. environmental toxins like air and ultraviolet light
2. inflammatory foods
3. stress
4. lack of sleep
5. skin-care routine
6. sugar

Since sugar is last, don’t’ feel so guilty having that Cadbury for Easter.

Sending sugar-free beauty vibes! 💋

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