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Sugar is just as bad for your skin as it is for your waistline

Besides increasing the effects of ageing, glycation can also exacerbate skin conditions such as acne and rosacea. The inflammatory properties of sugar also cause redness and irritated skin.

Sugar sucks the water from your body’s cells, leading to dry, puffy skin and those terrible under eye bags that we all hate.

Unfortunately, sugar is in just about everything we eat, all day long, making it difficult to avoid. 

Keep your daily sugar intake within the recommended two to four servings of the fructose found in fruit, and avoid sugars found elsewhere, such as in refined carbohydrates and candy aisle sweets. Sugar, particularly from certain sources, can  cause a whole host of other health problems.

Claudia Fallah tip: sugar has very few nutrients and can cause your body to become more acidic leading your skin to suffer from more breakouts, dry skin, dandruff and acne. By reducing your sugar intake you rebalance blood sugar levels and reduce inflammation and rebalance your hormones. You will sleep better, which is also very important for your skin.

The Body Retreat offer a 6 week sugar detox programme which helps to kick your sugar habit and rebalance the body’s blood sugar levels. They also offer a sugar detox retreat (run a couple of times a year) which takes you away from your normal environment of the distractions and temptations and have a fully immersive detox experience. You can find out more on The Body Retreat and what they do here - http://www.thebodyretreat.co.uk

I know that some people use sugar and raw organic coconut oil mixed up at home to exfoliate their face. I would not advise this wonderful method if you suffer from acne since the sugar crystals can be a bit harsh on your skin and worse case you break your infected spots and spread an infection across your entire face.

If you would still like to exfoliate your skin I would recommend our award winning Gentle Exfoliant Creme it's really super-gentle. This product is heaven in a tube for any skin and microbead-free. Also if you suffer from nut allergies this is the product for your skin since it contains only very fine rice particle's.

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