How Does Sugar Effect The Skin?

The Unfortunate Truth About Sugars and Your Skin

Biscuits and Sugar Martin and Phelps Beauty Salon in CheltenhamLockdown is hard, especially when you turn to eating through boredom, or reaching for easy foods instead of cooking healthily from scratch. But let’s not sugar-coat things.

We’ve all heard about the impacts of sugar on our health and waist line (something that’s easy to ignore when you’re sat in front of Netflix and within walking distance to the snack cupboard), but what we often forget is the effect on our skin. It’s worrying to think that the biscuits, chocolate bars and sugary drinks, including wine, that you enjoy could be reflected on your face and body in the form of wrinkles, spots, hair growth and pigmentation on your skin.

As alarming as that may sound, there is a solution and at Martin and Phelps Beauty Salon in Cheltenham, we want to make it as easy as possible for you to eliminate the effects of sugar on your skin.


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Below you’ll find some helpful tips about foods that will have a positive impact on your skin. We’ll also recommend some skin-saving treatments and products that can help you maintain a beautiful complexion whilst enjoying the foods you love (in moderation of course!).

Control the Effects of Sugar on Your Skin at Top Cheltenham Beauty Salon

Environ Youth EssentiaA, Martin and Phelps Beauty Salon in CheltenhamSugars can age your skin because they cause the glycation of proteins or fats to form advanced glycation end products (AGEs).  This process can create fine lines, unsightly wrinkles and thinner skin.

If you’ve started to notice the ageing impacts of sugars on your skin, or perhaps even if you know you have a sweet tooth, why not ask one of our beauticians for Environ Youth EssentiA®?  Experience the future of youthfulness with our new premium Vitamin STEP-UP SYSTEM™ range. It contains a highly effective combination of powerful vitamins, antioxidants and peptides that help to create healthier looking skin that glows with youthful radiance.

The Best Foods For Radiant Skin

There are many foods which are good for your skin. The key to glowing skin isn’t just about visiting our Cheltenham salon regularly – it’s a combination of the way you treat your skin directly and indirectly, through many factors such as sleep, a healthy diet and exercise.  Here’s a quick guide to how consuming vitamins can affect your skin, and where you can find them.

Vitamin A – promotes healthy skin cell production to keep skin firm and healthy. Easily found in carrots, broccoli, dairy, egg yolks.

Vitamin B12 – helps to control the production of pigment in your skin to avoid dark spots.  Found in animal products, including meat, fish, poultry, eggs and dairy.  If you are vegan, some plant-based products such as vegan milks are fortified with the vitamin or you can take Vitamin B12 supplements.

Vitamin C – helps form collagen, which gives your skin more structure and elasticity.  Found in citrus fruits, kiwi, cauliflower, peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, broccoli.

Vitamin D – Every cell in your body has receptors for the “sunshine vitamin” which shows how crucial it is for the creation of skin cells. A deficiency in vitamin D can show up on your skin in the form of eczema, sweating, acne and wrinkles. Found in animal products such as dairy, egg yolks and salmon, or in fortified products such as orange juices and soya milk. 

Vitamin E – Vital for the maintenance of healthy skin tissue because it blocks free radicals, which are a key factor in the ageing process, from the body. Found in leafy greens, nuts, avocado, sunflower seeds, broccoli.

Fat – this isn’t a vitamin, but unsaturated fat is still important for soft skin and shiny hair.  Olive oil and avocado are a popular (and tasty) source of monounsaturated fats, and omega-3 fats can be found in seeds and fatty fish such as salmon.

Treatments at Martin and Phelps Beauty Salon in Cheltenham to Help with the Symptoms of a Sugary Diet

microdermabrasion facial treatments, Cheltenham beauty salonSugars don’t just age your skin – they can exacerbate a whole host of other skin problems too such as rosacea, acne, and excess hair growth. Fortunately, we have a number of treatments that can help tackle all of these common issues at our beauty salon in Cheltenham.

Speak with your Martin and Phelps beauty stylist about our Environ Skincare Analysis services.  

For the ageing and pigmentation issues commonly associated with eating too much sugar, you could try microdermabrasion.  This removes dead skin cells from your face and body using tiny microcrystals which are propelled across your skin resulting in younger, brighter looking skin.  Check out our other treatments for pigmentation and ageing skin here.

Book Your Skin Care Consultation at Martin and Phelps Beauty Salon in Cheltenham

If you’re worried about the effect sugar is having on your skin, there’s no need to panic!  Simply pop into our salon when we reopen and one of our experienced beauty therapists would be happy to help create an action plan so that your skin will be left looking younger, brighter and more radiant.  We hope to see you soon!