Feeding your wrinkles?

Sugar is your skin’s new enemy

by Caroline Brien

No matter how much you spend on fancy face creams, if you don’t halt your sugar habit, those excess wrinkles will just keep appearing.

The sad fact is that the sweet stuff simple degrades the fibres that keep your skin firm, say experts. A chemical reaction called glycation occurs when blood sugar levels get too high. When sugar and high GI carbs quickly convert to glucose in the bloodstream, the excess sugar molecules fix themselves onto collagen and elastin fibres. These usually soft and flexible fibres made of protein become stiff, the skin loses its and strength and elasticity, then in turn, starts to sag and wrinkle. Unfortunately glycation is a process that happens naturally as we get older, beginning mid-30’s. But a high sugar intake rapidly speeds the process up, inviting fine lines and wrinkles to take up residence on your face ahead of time. As if that wasn’t bad enough, glycation also reduces your body’s natural antioxidant reserves, which are crucial for helping to fight off the sun damage that, you guessed it, leads to excess wrinkles as well as blotchy skin tone and pigmentation marks. A diet rich in vitamins B1 and B6 will help prevent the chemical cascade caused by sugar and a study showed that those who ate the lowest amount of sweet treats looked five years younger than their actual age. Time to rethink the phrase “feed your face.”

by Caroline Brien
Award-winning Beauty & Lifestyle Editor. Long time yoga lover. Life time film fan. Some time wander-luster.

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