We all know how sugar can damage teeth and that it adds inches to the waistline. But what exactly does sugar do to the skin?
People all over the world spend a lot of money on expensive moisturizers and lotions to achieve healthy skin and look younger. But if you have a sweet tooth, you’re probably wasting your money on these products.
Sugar Can Make Skin Dull and Wrinkled
Blame it on a natural process called glycation. When you eat sugar, it travels through the bloodstream and attaches to proteins and forms harmful new molecules called advanced glycation end products, or AGEs.
The AGEs damage surrounding proteins. Most vulnerable to damage are collagen and elastin proteins. Collagen and elastin keep skin supple and firm. But once the collagen and elastin are damaged, the skin becomes rigid, dry, and brittle, causing wrinkles and sagging. Rashes and infections may develop as well.
Though completely eliminating sugar from your diet is very difficult, the easiest and cheapest way to turn back the clock and restore your skin’s youthfulness is to cut down on the amount of sugar in your diet.