How Sugar Can Give You Wrinkles

How Sugar Can Give You Wrinkles

We all know excess sugar consumption causes weight gain and cavities but are you aware of sugar's effect on your skin? Overindulging on sugar can make an individual look older as well. According to a research study, consuming sugar on a regular basis causes the skin to look dull and wrinkled over time. A natural process called glycation is the age-accelerating culprit. Glycation utilizes sugar in your bloodstream to bind to proteins to form damaging molecules called Advanced Glycation End-products (AGEs). As AGEs increase, they destroy collagen and elastic, two factors that maintain firm, smooth skin. In other words, the more sugar you eat, the older you will look over time.

In a U.S. National Library of Medicine study, it concluded that diabetics have issues with skin elasticity and firmness due to several years of undetected levels of high blood sugar. So while you may not have diabetes, realize that elevated blood sugar levels will cause skin wrinkles.

So were all those years of eating Skittles good for your skin health? No. Is there any way to reverse the negative effects that those bags of Skittles did to your skin? Yes. While not easy, you can revitalize the collagen and elasticity in your skin.

Here are three tips on how to revitalize your skin and avoid early onset of wrinkles:

1. Watch out for hidden sugars

While cutting back on sugar is easier said than done, you can accomplish it with good effort. One thing you have to watch out for is hidden sugars that many prepared foods contain.

The following is a list those hidden sugars:

  • corn syrup
  • dextrose
  • fruit juice concentrate
  • molasses
  • maple syrup
  • turbinado 
  • barley malt
  • maltose

If you see any of the following ingredients in a particular food item, put it back on the grocery shelf unless you want to look like somebody’s great grandpa or grandma.

2. Supplement your diet with vitamin B1 and B6 each day

Get at least 1 mg of Vitamin B1 and B6 on a daily basis. Both these vitamins are potent AGE inhibitors; thus are superb at revitalizing skin. Any multivitamin for men and women should have at least 1 mg of each vitamin.

3. Include more antioxidant-rich foods in your diet

Fruits, nuts, and vegetables are essential for skin health due to their richness in antioxidants. Antioxidants prevent sugar from attaching to skin cells in which preserves the skin’s collagen and elasticity.

Overall, by limiting your sugar intake in combination with following the three tips above, your skin will stay wrinkle-free.