One can hardly deny the popularity of emojis these days. It seems like there must be an emoji for every feeling we can possibly express and , if there is not, development is surely in the works. There’s the traditional smiling face, the smiling face with tears of joy, the face savoring delicious food, the kissing face, the flushed face; the list goes on. But what about the “dairy face”, the “wine face”, the “sugar face” and the “gluten face?”
Doctor and skincare specialist Nigma Talib abides by the theory that what we eat and drink has a direct impact on our complexions. The naturopathic doctor to celebrities such as Sienna Miller and makeup artist Charlotte Tilsbury says, “The second a patient walks into my clinic, I can immediately tell the sort of foods they tend to over-eat just by checking how their skin is aging.” She claims the most damaging food groups are gluten, dairy, sugar and alcohol with each taking its toll on the face in its own signature way.
Wine face is usually characterized by droopy eyelids, enlarged pores, feathery lines across the cheeks, lines or redness between the eyes and reddish nose and cheeks and deep nasolabial folds (lines running from nose to mouth). The dehydrating effects of the alcohol are responsible for the lines and wrinkles while the high amount of sugar in alcohol damages the collagen, causing the droopy eyelids and enlarged pores. Talib advises those who are beginning to exhibit the symptoms of the wine face to practice the 80/20 rule, which dictates abstinence for 80 percent of the time and indulgence for 20. She also suggests choosing wines with lower sugar like sauvignon blanc, pinot grigio, pinot noir or merlot.
If you can’t keep your hand out of the cookie jar, you may be showing the signs of sugar face. Typical symptoms include a gaunt look to the face, sagging beneath the eyes, painful pustular spots, a pasty facial hue, and lines and wrinkles on the forehead. Sugar causes glycation, a process in which glucose attaches itself to the collagen in your skin and makes the fibers inflexible and rigid causing the skin to sag. It also causes blood vessels around the face to constrict because the cortisol in the body is being diverted into more important tasks. This results in a lack of circulation to the face, causing it to look dull. On top of that, sugar also affects fat distribution, so the face loses the fat that normally keeps it plump. The solution to sugar face? No surprise! Cut out the cakes, fruit juices, carbs and processed food.
If you have swollen eyelids, white spots and bumps on the chin and dark circles beneath the eyes, you may have a dairy face. This probably means that your body is struggling to digest dairy products. The result could be a release of inflammatory chemicals which cause puffy eyelids, bags under the eyes and dark circles. Just a glass of milk can contain a cocktail of chemicals capable of disrupting the balance of your hormones. This can result in an overgrowth of bacteria trapping skin cells which blocks up the pores. Talib’s advice? Take a 3 -week break from dairy. You may never go back!
If you are not gluten friendly, you may notice dark pigmentation around your chin and puffy red cheeks. Gluten is a protein that can increase inflammation in the face and leave it looking red and swollen. It can also affect pigmentation cells in the skin because of the toll it takes on your immune system. The only cure for this, no more gluten. Cut it out of your diet and watch your cheekbones reappear!
So turn your emoji from Sugar Face into Happy Face with this sage advice. Let us know what your new emoji face looks like. We love to get your comments!