For anyone that pays attention to my twitter ramblings, you’ll already know that I have failed my month long quest to give up sugar. Will power let me down and a variety of chocolate covered delights led me astray. I lasted two and a half weeks – so not too pitiful – but not what I set out to do.
While I did miss sugar and was finding it hard to go without, I am a little bit mad at myself for not sticking it out, mainly because it was actually working! My skin was looking great – not a spot in sight and the dryness was visibly getting better. Although my skin is never terrible, it’s never perfect either, and I was really loving not having to worry about covering up a spot here or there or feeling self conscious having taken my makeup off in the evenings. I was hardly wearing any concealer and no foundation, and was generally feeling more confident about my complexion, even without makeup on (which is very unusual for me).
And now? The spots are back. The dryness is back. And I’m feeling grumpy about it. I’ve got a little breakout on my chin and a few on my forehead, plus the skin around my mouth, chin and nose is really quite obviously dry and flaky by the end of the day.
As much as she’s one of the most annoying women I’ve ever seen on TV, I think I’ve proved Gillian McKeith’s phrase ‘you are what you eat’ right. Dammit! Not that I didn’t expect it to work, I did. But it’s frustrating knowing that my road to flawless skin has hardly any sugar on it. I do love a good chocolate brownie.
So what have I learnt? Well, clearly my body is sensitive to the foods I eat and that is directly reflected on my face. If I’m ever going to get that flawless, soft, glowing skin I dream of I’m going to have to work on my diet and keep the sugar cravings at bay. However I also know that temptations will always be there so it’s totally unrealistic to cut out a whole ingredient forever. I’m just going to have to learn to resist as many of those temptations as I can!