‘Skin & Face’ Category

Blood Sugar and Your Skin

I mentioned a few posts back that I was curious about if dieting (losing weight) could effect how sensitive your skin becomes to sunlight.  I trolled around the internet looking for a connection.  I kind of found one, and it has to do with the effect that your blood sugar has to do with the skin on your face.

If you’re a yo-yo dieter, you’re probably on a diet and off a diet.  If you suffer intense food cravings between meals, your blood sugar is probably spiking and diving.  And it’s this that ends up showing up on your rface.

High blood sugar in particular (and not just diabetes) can cause changes in your capillaries.  These changes can show up on your skin as inflammation — rosacea being one of the more commonly-seen inflammations.  These inflammations turn around and accelerate the aging process.  Yikes!

You can read the entire article, published on Discovery Health, here.

I guess it’s one more reason to limit the amount of sugar (directly linked with blood glucose spikes) in our diets, weight loss or not!  No need to look older before our time.

Losing Weight, Your Skin and the Sun

One thing I found out by accident earlier this week.  I don’t know if it’s the same for you as what I saw, but I thought it worth mentioning.

While you are losing weight and your skin is changing, it seems a little more sensitive to things like sunlight.  Now I’ve always tanned fairly easily, so perhaps I am a little lazy with slathering on the sunblock.

Looks like I need to be more careful now.

Sunlight and Your Skin Losing Weight

So, I put on the same amount of sunblock I would normally have used (pre-weight loss).  By the end of my little hike, I could tell I had gotten too much sun.

By the time I got to a mirror to survey the damage, it was both better and worse than I expected.  Better in that I was less red than I felt.  Worse in that the skin on my face seemed a little more painful, even though not as red.

It’s been 2 days now and I’m close to back to normal.  However, I haven’t been able to do my facercises the last couple of days, so my new set of photos may need to be a couple days later.

So why could the sun affect me more now, that I have had a good diet these past few months?  Why would a bad diet see less in the way of irritation?  Is there something in sugar and "the whites" (white bread, white rice, etc.) that affects the skin?

I’m going to do some investigating on that front, so stay tuned!