We’re all guilty of a sweet indulgence every now and then. But there are times, when we’re stressed or at a party, when we load up on sodas, chocolate cake and other heavenly sweet things.
Most people associate an excessive sugar intake with expanding waistlines and an increased risk of diabetes. But did you know sugar also affects your skin? Yes, it can age the appearance of your face.
How does sugar age my skin?
Your body breaks down sugar in a process called glycation. This is when sugars (glucose or fructose) attach to proteins and fats in the body, forming harmful new molecules called advanced glycation end products (AGEs), which continue to damage the proteins around them. The protein in the skin most prone to glycation are collagen and elastin, which keep our skin firm, smooth and wrinkle-free.
Surely the effects of sugar aren’t so drastic?
We know it’s tough sacrificing something you love, but its effects are palpable. Cutting out refined sugar and artificial sweeteners completely can lead to noticeably clearer and plumper skin in three to six days.