Is sugar always harmful?

If nutritionists have a clearly negative attitude to it, then cosmetologists have a dual attitude. On the one hand, sugar-based products create effective remedies, and on the other hand, drugs to protect against its effects on the skin.

The fact that sugar is a “white death”, we hear from childhood. But more often than not, we do not consider this a reason to completely abandon it. “I can endure hunger, but I won’t live without sweets! – 25-year-old Galina, a graduate student at a prestigious university, is recognized. “Otherwise, at some point my hands may begin to shake, my head ache …” Her sensations are familiar to many. Nutricians sound the alarm by comparing sugar addiction to drug addiction *. Thus, addiction to sweets is no longer just dangerous, but also condemned in society. There are public desserts or sweets in our century of a healthy lifestyle – absolutely not comme il faut, and many are shy …

Sweet hunger

But where did we get such a craving for sweets, and not for sour or salty? The fact is that refined sugar appeared on our tables relatively recently, about 200 years ago. It cannot be called a natural substance: it simply does not occur in such a highest concentration in nature. And our body, accordingly, does not have the resources to properly assimilate this product. To digest pure sugar, he is forced to spend a lot of trace elements. In particular, chromium and magnesium, which are responsible for the delivery and assimilation of glucose by cells. As soon as their number decreases, a full metabolism becomes impossible. Instead of extracting energy from sugar, the body will process it into fats. This explains the notorious lazy-sleepy state after dessert: brain cells (namely they are the first to consume glucose) simply have nothing to work on. And after some time they again send SOS signals, the answer to which will be a new attack of sweet hunger. Such a vicious circle.

Sweeteners will not save the situation: their taste will only mislead the brain. Tune in to the fast intake of fast carbohydrates, he will respond to their absence only with a new surge of “desertomania”. And a breakdown will be inevitable. In addition, there are a number of scientific papers accusing sweeteners, in particular aspartame, of negative effects on the psyche, depression, insomnia, chronic fatigue and the like **. Nutritionists consider the use of natural forms of glucose, which is found in honey, a plant extract of stevia and fruits, a way out. Unlike concentrated refined products, they are easily absorbed without requiring “victims” for their cleavage. In an extreme case, experts will advise you to switch to brown sugar or fructose: they do not so sharply affect our metabolism. The “cancellation syndrome” of the refinery will continue for several days, but then it can be replaced by a surge of energy and vigor.

Restore skin tone

Another story is the negative effect of glucose on collagen: it literally glues its fibers together, turning them off from work. In youth, these foci are quickly eliminated, but with age, when the activity of enzymes decreases, the number of so-called glycated fibers increases. The skin loses its tone, becomes flabby and thin. Compensate for these losses will help funds stimulating the production of special enzymes in the skin. These substances, like scissors, “cut out” damaged fragments and activate the production of high-grade collagen (BA Mask, Pola; Youth Surge SPF 15 Age Decelerating Moisturizer, Clinic). On the other hand, a logical question arises: is it possible to avoid glycation by simply depriving yourself of sweets? “Although sugar is unhealthy in general, the amount of desserts consumed does not affect the skin’s condition,” explains Lancôme’s research and development director Véronique Delvigne. “Our blood glucose level is constant (if a person is not sick with diabetes), and the glycation phenomenon does not occur due to excess sugar in the skin, but due to a decrease in the activity of its enzymes.”

La Prairie Sugar Serum Skin Caviar Crystalline Concentrate; SpaRitual Sugar Body Scrub Close Your Eyes; Caudalie Vinexpert Anti-Glycation Fluid Day Fluid; Givenchy Eye Gel Anti-Glycation Smile’n Repair Firmness Expert; Payot Gommage Minéral Brown Sugar Body Scrub; Biotherm Aquasource Nuit Mannose Moisturizing Facial Jelly; Clinique Anti-glycation Face Cream Youth Surge SPF 15 Age Decelerating Moisturizer; Delarom Sugar Body Scrub; Pola Anti-glycation Face Mask BA Mask.

Beauty crystals

To the credit of sugar, it must be said that externally, as a component of cosmetics, it acts more than positively. Sugar scrubs, sugar depilation allow you to find perfectly smooth skin. And glucose derivatives – in particular mannose – have a pronounced moisturizing effect, and they are often included in hydrating creams (Aquasource Nuit, Biotherm). Last year, scientists at Yves Saint Laurent relied on glycans, the naturally occurring sugars in our skin that are responsible for communication between cells. The more of them, the longer she stays young. As a result, the Forever Youth Liberator anti-aging line appeared, the active complex of which allows you to recreate the glycans lost with age.

Symphony of pleasure

In perfumery, desserts deservedly deserved calling and honor. The aromas of the confectionery inspire not the first generation of eminent “noses”. It all started with the fact that in 1994 Thierry Mugler decided to recreate the aroma of fair sweets from his childhood in the scent of Angel, Thierry Mugler, with notes of praline and vanilla. This perfume served as the founder of the so-called “gourmet” trend in perfumery. Vanilla Dolce Vita, Dior, licorice Lolita Lempicka, caramel Candy, Prada, as well as La Petite Robe Noire, Guerlain, with notes of cherry marshmallow – at different times these dessert flavors became bestsellers and received the flattering title of “sexy”. So since sweets are today outlawed, no one will prevent us from smelling them, fomenting completely different appetites.

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