SKIN HEALTH AND REFINED SUGARS. Your skin reflects your health.

SKIN HEALTH AND REFINED SUGARS. Your skin reflects your health.

June 12, 2024

Your skin reflects your health. 

Guest Blog by Naturopath Kelli Kolar

As a naturopath and nutritionist, I focus on educating people about the negative effects of refined sugar on our health, including our skin. Consuming high amounts of refined sugar can significantly impact the skin's appearance and health.

Sugar triggers a process called glycation, where sugar molecules bind to proteins like collagen and elastin, causing them to become stiff and malformed. This leads to various skin issues, including premature aging, inflammation, and acne.

Reducing sugar intake can help maintain healthier, more youthful-looking skin and help you prevent the following problems:

Accelerated Ageing: Sugar damages collagen and elastin, essential proteins that keep the skin firm and youthful. Glycation makes these proteins rigid and less functional, leading to wrinkles and sagging skin over time. Have you heard about "sugar sag"?

Acne: High sugar intake increases insulin levels, which can lead to increased production of sebum (skin oil) and inflammation. This combination can clog pores and cause acne breakouts.

Dryness: Sugar dehydrates the skin by drawing water from the cells. This can lead to dry, flaky, and dull skin, making it more susceptible to environmental damage.

Increased Oil Production: High glycemic foods, such as refined sugar, can cause the skin to produce excess oil. This excess oil can clog pores and contribute to the formation of blackheads and whiteheads.

Reduced Elasticity: Glycation affects the skin’s elasticity by breaking down collagen and elastin fibres, leading to a loss of firmness and resilience, making the skin appear saggy and less toned.

Increased Inflammation: Refined sugar can trigger inflammatory responses in the body, which can exacerbate skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis, making them more severe and harder to manage.

Dull Complexion: Excessive sugar intake can lead to a dull and lifeless complexion by affecting the turnover of skin cells and reducing the skin's natural glow. Again, you will look older.

Hyperpigmentation: Sugar can exacerbate hyperpigmentation issues, leading to uneven skin tone and dark spots. This is because glycation can affect melanocyte activity, increasing pigmentation irregularities.

Weakened Skin Barrier: Sugar can impair the skin's barrier function, making it more prone to irritation, dryness, and environmental damage. A weakened skin barrier also means it’s less effective at retaining moisture.

Delayed Healing: High sugar levels can slow down the skin’s natural healing processes. This can prolong the recovery time from wounds, blemishes, and other skin irritations, making them more noticeable and persistent.

By understanding these effects, you can make better choices about your diet and skincare routines and look much younger and healthier. 

My 'KICK SUGAR' workshop is the perfect way to help you manage your sugar consumption and achieve younger-looking, healthier skin.

Thank you Kelli for sharing such powerful information and ways to take your health and caring for your skin from the inside. Our favourite reminder of true Beauty and loving one self is a small but powerful affirmation  - "Beauty is from within"  A healthy glow starts here!

More about our guest Naturopath Kelli and her programmes can be found here:


Our tips & Takeaways from Kelli's blog to embrace:

Herbal Teas are an amazing way to stay hydrate and enjoy drinking enough fluids. In particular our Rest Easy Tisane with Liquorice is perfect for curbing those sweet cravings and creating feelings of being satisfied without the sugar! Bonus, Liquorice is also an adaptogen meaning it will support your adrenal glands and cortisol levels to harmonise energy levels and stress. Yes please!

Mayella Natural & Organic Skincare is formulated to nourish and protect without congesting tired, sensitised or inflamed skin. The bioactive ingredients will target areas of concern and cooperate with the skins natural functions to regulate oil flow, calm, regenerate, brighten, soothe and protect. 

Besides being discounted by 10%, our Skincare packs are a perfect way to try a complimentary set of products that will support your skin conditions and you will enjoy embracing them in your daily skin care routine - they are delicious and effective!

Help reduce inflammation with GREENS - Mayella Wheatgrass capsules and Green Blends are the best friend of your body in reducing inflammation and encouraging elimination!

Our Australian grown organic Wheatgrass Capsules are so very easy to take with you everywhere and take anytime.

Bio Hack Tip - add a teaspoon of the Mayella Green Nutritional Blend that best suits your needs, to a 1/2 glass of pure healthy water to drink last thing before bed at night and then again on rising first thing in the morning - your body will thank you for this in ways you can't imagine! Let's just say energy, weight loss, bright eyes, reduced aches and pains are all possible to get you started on being excited.

 Above all, and if you listened into our live chat on instagram introducing this topic, you will know... it is the good for you little things you do each day that add up to a lifetime of health & wellness!


Naturopath Kelli Kolar & Mayella CoFounder Amanda Parker Live chat on instagram Skin Health & Refined Sugars.

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