Over the holidays, it might have appeared that sugar-plum fairies do exist. You indulge in baked goods, candy canes, sweet cocktails, and every sugary treat under the sun. But what about good skin fairies? Since most people experience breakouts and skin care nightmares during and after the holidays, it looks like good skin is few and far between. However, you needn’t worry because we have just the right tools, tips and understanding on how to combat a breakout!
HOW SUGAR AFFECTS OUR SKIN
It’s sweet, good enough to eat, and causes crazy inflammation on your skin. Sugar in high doses just isn’t good for us. When your body breaks down sugars and high-glycemic foods, those carbohydrates turn into glucose. Glucose raises our insulin levels and when those levels spike, we experience a burst of inflammation. When that inflammation happens, it produces enzymes that break down the collagen and elastin in our skin which can result in wrinkles and breakouts. An even more so, too much insulin in your body can lead to the growth of pore-clogging cells, as well as, promotion of oil gland secretion. So, in conclusion, a sugar-overdose is setting you up for sugar skin torment.
HOW TO DETOX SUGAR SKIN
There are many methods you can use to improve your sugar laden skin, and guess what most of those treatments include? They ask you to eat less sugar! For some, that might sound a little difficult at first, but it is definitely worth it in the long run. For example, take a look what happened to this girl, from Marie Claire, who cut out sugar for just one week.
(Source: Marie Claire)
So, where do you begin when you’re trying to limit your sugar intake? The experts all seem to say that you should quit sugar cold turkey! Eliminate all forms of sugar like flour products, artificial sweeteners, boxed and canned foods- anything that might contain added sugars or a high sugar count. Instead, try to eat fresh whole foods during this time that will help align your skin back to it’s healthy form. Furthermore, it may also be time to say goodbye to sweet drinks too. Liquid sugar in sports drinks, sweetened teas, and juices can contain up and over 20g of sugar. The combined efforts of cleansing your food and drink habits will help stop your skin from breaking out badly.
Now, you may be be wondering… how do you fight those sugar cravings? A great start is by eating more healthy fats and proteins. These types of foods will balance your blood sugar and fuel your cells properly, which in return, will help keep your sweet tooth at bay. We advice to snack on things like avocados, nuts, fish, or coconut oil during this time- Not only are they healthy to ingest, good fats like these promote healthy collagen and radiant skin.
Another tip we have is to de-stress! When you’re stressed your hormones can rage which then leads to your cortisol going up. Cortisol can make you hungry and encourage cravings for the wrong kinds of foods. A fantastic way to combat stress is by practicing simple breathing techniques; but an even better way is to book a massage or a skin-friendly facial with Namaste. You’re not in this sugar detox alone; we’ll be there to help take the edge off.
CHOOSING SKIN CARE TO COMBAT SUGAR
One of our favourie skin care lines, that help combat sugar breakouts, is the Calm Skin Chamomile line from Eminence. Chamomile has been known to reduce inflammation and skin swelling, and it is also quite therapeutic to those with eczema and skin infections. This amazing herb can even help reduce dark circles, lighten up the skin, and improve your glycine levels. That is great news because improved glycine has been known to assist in the regulation of your blood sugar by converting glucose into energy (instead of letting it sit around in your body, building up toxicity).
Not only does Calm Skin Chamomile come in separate, regular sized products like an exfoliating peel, an arnica booster-serum, cleanser, and a moisturizer- it also comes in a little starter pack that is perfect to try while attempting to combat a sugar breakout.
A gentle exfoliating peel solution with cotton round pads for sensitive skin types. Renew sensitive skin without irritation with lactic and mandelic acids. Chamomile refreshes, calendula moisturizes and soothes the look of redness, and the arnica flower reduces the appearance of inflammation. Reveal a calm, balanced and more luminous complexion with this peel solution that is mild enough to use on sensitive skin two to three times a week.
Achieve faster, more effective results with our new VitaSkin™ Booster-Serums! A potent blend of the most active organic ingredients allows you to intensify the benefits of your daily skin care regime. This calming extra strength serum and product enhancer uses arnica and chamomile.
A calming cream cleanser for sensitive skin prone to redness. Chamomile, arnica and rosemary soothe skin while gently removing impurities. Cruelty-free and formulated without parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, animal by-products, phthalates, GMOs and triclosan.
Soothe irritation and hydrate sensitive skin with calming chamomile, arnica and rosemary. Combine those elements with shea butter and calendula oil, and this moisturizer will help relieve the appearance of redness.
Our Calm Skin Starter Set is beautifully packaged with a one-month’s supply of targeted organic products to treat sensitive skin types.
Starter Set Includes:
Calm Skin Chamomile Cleanser (1oz tube)
Calm Skin Chamomile Moisturizer (0.5 oz tube)
Calm Skin Arnica Masque (0.5 oz jar)
Calm Skin Arnica Booster-Serum (0.5oz bottle)
So, rejoice because you don’t have to be a slave to sugar anymore! We’ve given you the perfect tools, and your skin will be thanking you for all the hard work you put into caring for it! Let’s face it, the only thing sweet in your life should be the sweet sight of clear, happy skin.
Contact us at Namaste today to book a revitalizing facial or massage as you go through your sugar cleanse, or shop for your favourite Eminence products today.
Be a slave to sugar no more and detox your skin from sugar with these great tips! You dont have to live with breakouts and bab skin conditions any longer…