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The Not-So-Sweet Truth: Your Body (and Skin) on Sugar

We all have our vices. While some are clearly worse than others, there’s one many of us are likely guilty of—consuming too much added sugar. So in honor of National Sugar Awareness Week this week (January 16–20), we’re getting real about the impact sugar has on both your body and skin. Spoiler alert: the truth is anything but sweet.

Your Skin on Sugar

This should come as no surprise, but sugar in all of its forms can be extremely damaging to your skin. When sugar attaches to the proteins of collagen through a process called glycation, it causes that collagen to become stiff and inflexible. The result? A loss in elasticity and increased vulnerability to sun damage, lines and sagging—all things that give us the appearance of aging skin. Sounds awesome, right? Not so much.

Your Body on Sugar

Of course, the effects of sugar are more than just skin deep. Not only does it contribute to weight gain and take the whole “sweet tooth” thing just a little too literally (hello, cavities), but by suppressing white blood cell activity within our bodies, sugar can ultimately make us more susceptible to infectious diseases like colds and the flu. Oh, and then there’s the whole link to cancer, diabetes, memory loss and heart disease too…

Combatting the Effects of Sugar

Thankfully, there are things you can do to help combat the negative side effects sugar can have on your body. Our new Super Greens Supplement Powder is a great way to help detox your body, while our Super Berry Supplement Powder delivers a powerful dose of antioxidants to help protect against free radical damage. Best of all, these couldn’t be easier to use—just grab one single-serving packet, mix with a glass of water and enjoy. Once a day is all you need for an added boost of vitamins and minerals. When it comes to topical skincare and targeted nutritional supplements, products formulated with alpha lipoic acid (ALA) are key in combatting the visible impact sugar can have on your skin. A few of our top picks include:
  • High Potency Face Firming Activator harnesses high concentrations of Dr. Perricone’s proprietary ingredients to minimize the visible length, depth and width of a wrinkle while helping to improve the appearance of skin’s texture and impart a more radiant-looking glow.
  • Chloro Plasma, a unique treatment mask that delivers deep detoxification and purification benefits to help visibly smooth and brighten the appearance of skin while also minimizing the appearance of enlarged pores.
  • Skin Clear Supplements, which work from the inside out to help support healthy-looking skin (thanks to ALA and DMAE), a healthy immune system, and provide antioxidant benefits.

For When You’re Craving Something Sweet

Don’t worry, don’t worry—you don’t have to neglect that sweet tooth of yours entirely. The biggest culprits behind all these not-so-positive side effects of sugar consumption are primarily refined sugar and chemical artificial sweeteners, which means that the natural sugars found in fresh fruits and vegetables can provide sweet satisfaction without the unsatisfactory impact on your body and skin. Give this Greek yogurt and berry parfait recipe a try, indulge with these dark-chocolate covered pears, or whip up a pomegranate berry smoothie to give your skin a sweet treat. No added sugar, no guilt, no problem.