We’ve all heard the saying you are what you eat — the notion that your diet significantly influences your physical appearance, health, and mood. It’s no surprise then that this wisdom applies to your skin, too!
Real talk: You can invest in the most skin-safe, eco-friendly facial cleansers and organic moisturizers on the market (and we DO recommend detoxing your regimen using this guide); however, if you still end each day with a soda and a slab of cake, you lower your skin’s ability radiate health and vitality.
But don’t be fooled, sugar hides in plain sight. Even if you are not eating inherently sweet foods (like the culprits mentioned above) you could be unknowingly sabotaging your skin. This doesn’t mean your days must be completely deprived of sweetness. There ARE sugars that are actually good for you. Read on and learn which sugar you should eat, and which you should say sayonara to — for life!
THE BITTER TRUTH ABOUT SWEETS
A sugar filled diet “triggers inflammation, which increases the signs of aging, including wrinkles and worsens acne.” This process is known as glycation, which describes the biological process that takes place when simple sugar molecules latch onto collagen without an enzyme there as a buffer. In the book No More Dirty Looks, co-authors Siobhan O’Connor and Alexandra Spunt quote nutritionist Paula Simpson in saying: “inflammation can accelerate skin aging by destroying the structural integrity of skin, reduce dermal flow, and increase the incidence of chronic skin conditions.” When your diet consists of sugar-laden pasta, processed fruit juices, candy and/or white bread, your skin reaps the consequences. The result? Pre-mature wrinkles and lack of elasticity.
THE GOOD NEWS
Not ALL sugars are created equal: in fact, when it comes to natural sugars from fruits and veggies, the benefits far outweigh the concerns. Cold-pressed juices are a delicious alternative to traditional sweets, giving you the quickest and most natural consumption of raw fruits and veggies. When your body digests natural sugar, the fiber and other nutrients allow the sugar to transform into energy that fuels your body instead of aggravating and decaying it. Below are our favorite powerhouse fruits and vegetables that do wonders for the skin and still satisfy your sweet tooth:
Blueberries and Raspberries — full of vitamin C which helps with the synthesis of collagen and overall skin clarity. Try Om Aroma & Co. Raspberry Protect Serum for a topical dose of #beautyfoods!
Red grapes and Pomegranates — filled with antioxidants that help to repair environmental damage. Use either of the Om Aroma & Co. cleansers which contain crushed champagne grapeseeds and provide skin with a burst of antioxidants.
Beets and Carrots — packed with vitamin A which helps with cell turnover and regenerates for a healthy glow. We love Om Aroma & Co. Carrot Rose Glow Serum as a nighttime renewal treatment, and a natural alternative to Retin A.
Looking for more expert skin advice and #beautyfood wisdom? Get our favorite recipes from the Om Aroma Beauty Kitchen today, or schedule a complimentary call with an Om Aroma Virtual Skin Coach to learn more about how to get your gorgeous glow!