It is human nature to seek the fountain of youth as we get older, to want to look young and radiant, to get rid of wrinkles and sagging skin, to desire to « age like fine wine » …
We start investing in skincare products worth hundreds of dollars such as anti-wrinkle creams, rejuvenating ones and the likes, thinking that they would melt our problems away. But unknowingly to us, we are destroying our bodies from the inside and from the outside by consuming a certain product.
It’s time I let you on a little secret, one that will change your whole lifestyle, for the greater good of your skin and health. A natural, cheaper switch that will turn your life upside down…
Let me introduce you to the wonders of using honey instead of refined sugar.
You may have heard of natural sweeteners, such as Stevia, Erythritol or YaconSyrup. While all of these are good options, they aren’t found everywhere, contrarily to raw honey, which everyone can find and afford.
But first things first, why should we have to replace refined sugar, to begin with?
You might think the answer to this is to promote weight loss… Only, that’s not it! Studies show that sugar has been associated with varied illnesses, such as diabetes, heart problems, obesity, and even cancers! It is also shown to be highly addictive, even more, than cocaine.
It’s not looking too good now, is it?
Indeed, the reis simply nothing beneficial about sugar. It doesn’t contain any minerals, proteins or essential fats that our body needs, but on the contrary, it harms our metabolism and increases our calorie intake. Last but not least, it makes you look older.
How so, you ask? Let’s use some science, shall we?
Sugar overload starts a natural process called glycation, in which the sugar in our bloodstream binds to proteins in order to form harmful molecules that are called, ironically, AGES.
These AGES attack and damage our skin’ s collagen and elastin, which are proteins that keep our skin youthful, elastic and firm. This results in the appearance of wrinkles, acne, and dark spots all over our faces.
Therefore, the more sugar we consume, the more our skin suffers. Yes, aging is a natural part of growing older and we should all embrace it, only, sugar plays a big role in accelerating it, and it is something we should highly pay attention to.
This is where honey makes its entrance.
As you all might know, honey has been used since ancient times all over the world.The Roman Empire, the Chinese, the Greek… They all swore by it. And they were right to do so!
Honey, or as it was called « liquid gold » is known for its healing and soothing properties, and for its sweet, delicate taste. For centuries, it was used to heal wounds, fight infections and treat varied conditions, such as gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, inflammatory and even neoplastic states!
But little do you know, it was also used in beauty. And what better beauty icon is there other than Cleopatra herself, known for her mesmerizing looks and her flawless skin?
Indeed, Queen Cleopatra’ s most famous beauty secret is her milk and honey bath. It is said that this ritual washer the secret of eternal youth.
She also loved to use honey on her face as a mask and that is all due to its anti-bacterial properties. To put it simply, it was used as a gentle exfoliator, leaving skin smooth and hydrated in the process.
Our ancestors were certainly right using the liquid gold. But what does science has to say about it?
Is honey really a gem worth preaching?
Well, the answer is… YES!
Raw or unpasteurized honey has a variety of health benefits and, shall you invest in it, it will never fail you.
To begin with, raw honey is known for its array of chemicals that act as antioxidants, which help to protect your body from cell damage against free radicals. It helps your skin look younger, smoother and more radiant.
To benefit from the maximum effect, choose a darker colored honey rather than a light-colored one. It indicates that the antioxidants are more concentrated in it, and therefore, is better.
On the other hand, honey also contains antibacterial and antifungal properties. Research has shown that raw honey contains hydrogen peroxide, which is known for killing unwanted bacterias and fungus.
For wound healing, a specific type of honey is used: Manuka honey. It was indeed found to boost healing time and to aid in tissue regeneration.
It is easy to talk about switching from refined sugars to honey, but are you actually able to do that? Quitting sugar can prove itself to be quite the bother. But as the saying goes, modern problems require modern solutions.
So what are the steps you should take in order to quit using refined sugar once and for all?
As stated earlier, sugar is highly addictive, and by now your body is already accustomed to the huge amount you feed it every day. Which is why, the waterways to cut it off gradually, rather than to do so suddenly. Give your body the time to adjust to the lack of refined sugars in your system.
At the end of the day, it is a diet, so treat it as one. Here are some tips I recommend the following :
- Start by gradually cutting down the amount of sugar you put in your homemade smoothies, cakes, and food.
- Avoid added sugars and replace them with sugar-free alternatives, until you’re finally free from it grasps.
- Learn how to cook, as you will care more and know more about what you put in your body, unlike the go-to junk food sold by fast-food chains.
- Eat a hearty breakfast, full of proteins and saturated fats, as it will keep you full for a longer period of time and keep your cravings at bay.
Yes, itis hard, but It is a battle that we have to fight, in order to seek a better lifestyle and better skin.
What’ s sweeter than honey, you say? Being healthier and looking younger.