Is candy bad for your skin? Spring is coming and with spring comes the Easter Bunny, which led us to writing this article. LAFACE will tell you what we found out about the effects candy has on your skin so you can decide if it is worth it or not.
Is that extra candy bar really what you want to indulge in?
Would it be better to keep the candy intake to the weekends only, if you have a sweet tooth?
You might think that you can just go for an extra run to burn the calories off, but how much does your consumption of candy really effect your skin? I am sure you’ve heard the claim that some people have that they get pimples as soon as they eat chocolate or cheese, but never anything specific regarding candy in general?
Since candy contains high amounts of sugar, what we found out, and we are sad about this, but candy WILL indeed be a major contributor to breaking down your collagen.
What is collagen now again, you ask?
Well simply put, collagen is what makes your skin look full, vigorous, energized and boosted. Putting Candy aka SUGAR into your system will make your skin saggy and wrinkled. Eating candy can also weaken your immune system, this will present itself as more active bacteria there to clog your pores, which creates pimples. You can also see the effects of eating candy in that you’ll get larger pores and oilier skin since the production of testosterone increases.
Not all sugar is bad sugar though, that is important to remember, but processed sugars are the worst and overconsumption of processed sugars is just NOT what your body needs. Candy will dehydrate your skin and cause your skin to look pale, colorless, and swollen. It will also highlight those dark circles under your eyes even more. We are forever trying to get rid of those under eye circles so this is just one additional way to combat them. If you suffer from acne or rosacea, you should consider reducing or minimizing your candy (and overall sugar) intake even more then the average person since it aggravates those particular skin conditions.
Now we know it’s not always that easy to give up candy all together, (believe me I know) but reducing your consumption and knowing the effects it has on your skin can help keep some of the problems to a minimum.
So, let us say you stop eating sugar altogether, when would you be able to see the positive effects?
It will take up to 4 days to see any difference in your skin, that it will look less dry, less oily, fewer pimples, not so obvious dark circles and your skin surface will appear brighter and tighter.
There is a way to boost your collagen production that helps counteract some of the breakdown of your collagen if you still choose to eat candy and other sugary products. For example, bone broth, it’s one of a very small selective of foods that contains a bioavailable form of collagen that your body can use directly. If you’re consuming it mostly for your skin, beef broth is the choice you should go with. If bone broth however doesn’t sound that appealing to you, wild salmon, chlorella, leafy greens, citrus, eggs, berries, tomatoes, pumpkin seeds, avocados, fresh garlic and chia seeds will help prevent the breakdown of your collagen.
Other short tips that will help you counteract the effects of eating candy are basic things you already know. See to it that you get enough sleep, keep your stress levels in check, and eat regularly and correctly to control your blood sugar levels. Believe it or not, controlling your blood sugar level will also help you with the cravings for sugary and unhealthy products.
All this is fairly straightforward and some you may have known already but a reminder every now and then seems to put us back on track. Good luck !