Sugar is sweet and everyone loves sugary treats, but the effects of high sugar consumption aren’t sweet for your body. High sugar consumption has been associated with numerous health problems from diabetes to depression. As you know, your body transforms unused sugar into fat and could lead to an expanded waistline. But there’s another reason why you’d want to stay away from sugar. Recent studies have found that eating too much of the sweet stuff can be disastrous to your skin as well.
1. Sugar and Inflammation
When you eat sugary or high glycemic foods, your body converts the carbohydrates into glucose which causes your insulin level to spike. This sudden rise in insulin triggers your body’s inflammatory process which produces enzymes that break down collagen and elastin. Collagen and elastin are proteins that are responsible for keeping your skin supple and elastic. When these proteins disintegrate, the skin loses elasticity resulting in sagging and wrinkles.
But a high insulin level isn’t the only thing to blame for the inflammation caused by sugary treats. Free radicals, which are found in most high-sugar foods, are also linked to inflammation.
2. Glycation and Aging
Glycation is another process that can wreak havoc to your skin. It occurs when digested sugar binds itself to collagen and elastin proteins. Glycation produces harmful molecules called advanced glycation end products (AGEs) which make the collagen in your skin more fragile and more vulnerable to sun damage. Damaged collagen leads to the loss of skin elasticity. Again, this causes wrinkles and sagging, which you don’t want.
3. Skin Breakouts
Eating too much sugar will cause your blood sugar levels to fluctuate. First, your blood sugar level will spike, and then it will dip sharply. The huge drop in blood sugar can cause internal stress that can lead to breakouts.
Researchers have linked erratic insulin levels to acne. They conducted a study on 43 young men with acne over the period of three months. Some of them followed a restricted diet with a low glycemic load while others ate without regard to their glycemic index. Those with the restricted diet had more improvement in their acne.
4. Other Skin Problems that Sugar Can Cause
High blood sugar levels reduce antioxidants which protect your skin from free radicals and sun damage. It also makes you more likely to develop insulin resistance, which can produce unsightly dark patches on your neck and body creases. It can cause digestive problems that lead to a toxic state for your stomach and this toxic state can manifest through your skin. It also causes yeast imbalances in the body which can produce rashes and other kinds of skin problems. Sugar dehydrates your skin by sucking out water from your cells. This can result in dryness and puffiness.
Do you really have to eliminate sugar from your diet? The answer is no. Sugar is part of a healthy diet. It’s your body’s favorite fuel. What you need to do is to keep your blood sugar level steady. Here are a few simple tips:
Eat foods with a low glycemic index. You’re better off with complex carbohydrates than with simple carbohydrates because complex carbs have lower glycemic indices than simple carbs. Foods with low glycemic index cause smaller increases in your blood sugar level.
Eat small, frequent meals. This will help keep your insulin levels steady.
Eat more fruits and vegetables. These are rich in antioxidants which can counteract the damage that free radicals can do to your skin. However, make sure that you’re eating fruits and vegetables with low glycemic indices.
Burn excess sugar by exercising.
Sugar doesn’t have to be a skin hazard as long as you can control your sugar intake. You can eat a donut or two from time to time. Just don’t do it too often or your skin will suffer the consequences.
A light cleanser combining Sweet Almond, Apricot Kernel, Olive, and Avocado oils with the protective and repairing properties of vitamin E. For aging, dry, normal, and combination skin.
Q: Your “renew” tip is great. Please share your recommended exfoliating products.
Kristi’s A: Our new facial scrub is not quite ready to debut. We recommend combining our Organic African Black Soap or Coconut Jojoba Cleanser with our Coconut Sugar Body Polish to create an incredible facial exfoliator.
Q: What skin care products with vitamin C do you recommend?
My skin has been looking a little dull lately so I asked my friend Kristi, who has been in the beauty industry for the past 30 years, for some tips to get glowing skin.
Kristi founded KmS Mineral Essentials in 2007. What started as a personal mission, turned into a business…Kristi became passionate about creating makeup dedicated to meeting the needs of women around the globe who suffer from sensitive skin, Acne and Rosacea.
KmS Mineral Essentials includes a full line of mineral makeup and skincare. Thank you Kristi for giving DripKnots readers a 15% discount on your line! Please check out KmS Mineral Essentials here and enter code “DRIPKNOTS” at checkout to receive your 15% discount.
6 Easy Ways to Get Glowing Skinby Kristi Shannon-Brooks
My daughter, who is in her 20’s visited recently, and I noticed her skin looked amazing! Now, I know what you’re thinking; “hello! The girl is in her 20’s! Of course her skin looks great! Mine did too back in the day…”
The biggest misconception women have is that getting older means their skin is doomed to be dull.
They say you can’t go back, and I suppose that’s true in many cases, but not so when it comes to your skin. You can reclaim the glowing skin you had in your youth, and the best part is you can do it on your own. It’s a lot easier than you think!
Here are 6 easy ways to do it!
1. Eat Smarter
You’ve heard you are what you eat, but did you know you really can glow from the inside out by eating healthy foods like tomatoes, dark colored berries, green tea and fish? These yummy foods are packed with antioxidants and have been known to prevent acne and improve the skin’s overall appearance. So the next time you crave one more potato chip, do your skin a favor and grab some berries instead!
2. Drink Up!
Because our bodies are made of more than 60% water it’s crucial to regularly replenish it with the same. By drinking 6-8 glasses of water a day and limiting the amount of alcohol and soda (which dehydrates you), you give your body and skin the hydration it craves, keeping it moist, healthy and better yet, younger looking!
3. Listen to What Your Skin is Telling You
Cleansing is a no-brainer, right? Question is, are you using the right one? For every skin type, there’s a unique cleanser to meet its needs. Think of it like baby clothes. I know, it sounds silly, but, bear with me! You’d probably never think of washing your baby’s clothes with the same detergent you use on your husband’s dirty work clothes, Right? Of course not. A baby’s skin is delicate and sensitive which requires something gentler. And so it goes for your skin.
Our skin renews itself every 3 days, but it can’t do that until we get rid of the dead skin first! By exfoliating regularly with a facial scrub or peel, you allow the new fresh skin to emerge, and new skin is younger looking skin!
5. Don’t Forget the “C”
We all know Vitamin C in our diet is essential to keep our bodies healthy. What many do not know is this powerful anti-oxidant when used in skincare also lightens and brightens the skin which is great news for those of us with sun damage.
6. Make a Date With the Sandman
I know, I know! Easier said than done. The reason a good night’s rest (7 hours or more) is critical to our skin’s overall health and appearance is because it’s during this time our skin repairs itself by producing collagen. When we regularly skip the z’s, we seriously interrupt the process.
So, Get glowing already!
Thanks so much, Kristi, for the fantastic tips! The last couple of days I’ve been sleeping more (8 hours instead of the 5 or 6 hours I had been getting) and I’ve been eating better and drinking a lot of water. I see significant improvement in my skin’s condition already!
I’ve heard that drinking water and getting beauty sleep is important but it’s SO good to be reminded of it. It really does make a difference on our skin!
It’s the same with exercise…we already know it’s good to exercise but sometimes we need a personal trainer to remind us of the benefits of exercise and hold us accountable.
Thank you, Kristi, for being our “personal trainer”!
I want to dig a little deeper about skin renewal so I asked Kristi some follow-up questions. I will be sharing her answers with you next week. Please ask your questions in the comments below for Kristi too! She’s a pro so ask away!
Don’t forget to check out KmS Mineral Essentials and take advantage of the 15% discount (code: DRIPKNOTS) to try out some amazing products.
It’s pretty cool to see a product you invented on TV!
I was a little nervous to make the commercial announcement because the odds are against success (1 in 20 DRTV (direct response tv) campaigns succeed) but you know what?? I don’t feel nervous anymore. No matter the outcome of the test campaign, I couldn’t be more proud of DripKnots success and just going for it!
The orders have been rolling in.
Not sure yet if the numbers are strong enough to keep up with the high cost of media but I’ve been floored by the response. I have a lot of super awesome customers who LOVE DripKnots and that’s all the fuel I need to keep going.
I would love to see strong numbers (of course!). Strong numbers mean we’re getting the word out there, all the stores who carry DripKnots will move more product and staying on air longer means big box comes a knockin’. Talk about getting the word out there!
Decisions, decisions, decisions.
I will know soon what the final results of the test are and I will most certainly let you know.
Until then, come on over to our Facebook page, like us and stay for a while. I would love to stay connected and chat!
If you haven’t had the chance to see our commercial, you can see it on our DRTV website. Go here to see it.
Be well and happy and thanks again for following my DripKnots journey!
I’ve spent a lot of time over the years reading about different skincare, health and beauty techniques. Haven’t we all?
This interview is the first of many intended to help educate, empower and entertain you. I hope you will stick around on this journey, learn a thing or two, and join the conversation in the comment section below. Enjoy!
Introducing Dr. Mira Herman, the creator of Rosemira Organics:
I’ve always had a passion for skincare. I made my first moisturizing cream when I was nineteen because I had a low thyroid function leaving my skin pale and drier than most girls my age. The moisturizer I created nourished and hydrated my skin in a way that none of the products I purchased could.
As an adult I became a Herbalist, Chiropractor and Acupuncturist. Over these 30 years I continued to create organic skincare products. While I learned that one cannot understand herbs and essential oils through chemistry, I discovered the key to formulating the nourishing skin care products I create now. As I’ve aged, my products had such an impact on my skin, other women were inquiring how they could do the same. Utilizing the knowledge I’d accumulated over decades, Rosemira gradually developed and expanded to where we are now.
Rosemira is my lifetime passion, and is divinely inspired. My love for what I do shows up in the skincare products I produce. They have personality and attitude and convey the love and nurturing I am compelled to share.
What are the steps you recommend taking when washing off makeup at night and caring for your skin?
When walking in the door, immediately take off your make up. Let the skin have time to breathe without being covered up by pore clogging foundation. Think of it as you would kicking off a tight high heeled shoe when you walk in the house.
If you are under 45 and/or have oily skin, use a foaming cleanser that has a dual action of cleansing and exfoliating such as Rosemira Foaming Cleaners.
When you use Rosemira’s foaming cleansers, you are stimulating the skin’s much needed circulation while removing the layers of dead skin obscuring proper oxygen flow. Rosemira does not add any drying alcohols.
As you remove make-up scrub several times until thoroughly clean. While your skin is still damp, spray on a hydrosol toner. Pat on well and then apply your Serum, Moisturizing Cream and/or Eye Cream.
Why do you think it’s important to use an organic skincare line like Rosemira?
Our skin and hair are not external accessories; they’re deeply connected to our inner health, and thus are influenced by eating, exercising, sleeping well and of-course the products we use.
Anything applied to the skin is absorbed into your bloodstream, just as if you had eaten it.
Known carcinogens or toxins that affect the immune, reproductive, and endocrine systems are found in many skincare lines. These include chemicals such as phthalates, mineral oils, sodium lauryl sulphate, propylene glycol, and parabens.
Using Rosemira Organics Skin Care means not compromising your body by using less than the absolute best organic product with the highest grade of nutrients to feed your skin and support your inner health. Our products are also good for the spirit as they feel yummy and smell divine due to nothing less a magical synergy of essential oils.
What is the one product in your line that you absolutely can’t live without and why?
It’s packed with nutritious ingredients for my skin, it’s not too oily and it absorbs well. Creating a beautiful glow to my skin. Like most Rosemira products, it too, has an inspiring scent.
Where can my readers find Rosemira if they’d like to give it a try?
Most of our business is currently done through our website, and for a limited time, use code “DripKnots” to receive 30% off your entire order.
All of our products are found there. From our website you can also find support, recommendations and consultations.
As we grow, we are beginning to be found in stores like any Whole Foods in Northern California, at Organic Skin Care Salons, and high end specialty shops. We have also begun to sell our most popular products on Amazon.
Any last thoughts you’d like to share?
I think DripKnots is a simple, yet brilliant and an elegant solution.
My favorite use is to keep the hair off my face when applying my products. I also love using them on my wrists, especially in the morning when I’m washing my face so as not to get my sleeves all wet.
Christmas is right around the corner! Can you believe it? I realize it’s only November but if your schedule is anything like mine, it fills up really fast during this time of year with holiday parties, family get-togethers, kids’ events — music programs, piano recitals, classroom parties and holiday projects. Let’s not forget the time it takes to decorate the house and produce a Christmas card photo!
I might sound like I hate this time of year but that couldn’t be further from the truth. I love this time of year! I love the parties, chaos and shopping til midnight. I love Christmas music filling my house, cuddling with the kids by the lit fireplace and the fragrant pomander ball on the stove.
I avoid the stress of it all by starting my Christmas shopping early. I look at November as my time to shop (an enjoyable task when not strapped for time). My goal is to be finished with my shopping by the end of November so I can be fully present to enjoy the social month of Christmas.
Here’s what works for me:
1. Make a List (include a budget)
I list out EVERYONE from the housecleaner, kids’ school and piano teachers, grandparents, nieces and nephews to my husband and kids. I include a budget for each person and stick to it!
2. Don’t Procrastinate.
If you tell yourself you have plenty of time then you won’t pull the trigger and make the purchase. You’ll think “That’s cute but maybe I can find something better”. I always buy NOW knowing if later I change my mind I can return it. I rarely, if ever, do.
3. Buy Online
I like to go to stores with all the hustle and bustle of the holidays so I make sure to carve out time to do that but I also order a lot online. I make sure it’s an “experience” too.
For example, my husband and I like to share a bottle of wine by the fireplace with Christmas music in the background and buy fun, practical gifts together online. Now, that’s a date night and we didn’t even have to pay for a babysitter! ☺
How do you get all of your shopping done for the holidays? How do you make all the new commitments fit into your already busy schedule? Do you love the holidays as much as I do?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments below! Let’s share ideas!
Mother’s Day is a very special day for me. With three young kids (9, 7 and 5), I look forward to spending the whole day with them and their daddy uninterrupted. One of my favorite things the kids like to do for me is…”Spa Day”. The kids have me wear my robe, they brush my hair, massage my shoulders, and serve me tea while relaxing music plays in the background. After my pampering, they send me off to take a relaxing bubble bath with all of my “spa” essentials set out. Pictured here are some things I love and I thought it would be fun to share with you. I included links to show you where you can buy but I do not earn money through these links. (Well, unless of course you buy DripKnots. ) What will you be doing on Mother’s Day?
1. This tray is great to hold all of mom’s spa essentials.
2. I use my DripKnots headband to keep my hair dry during my bubble bath.