Do you have a sweet donut in your hand? There is a little information that will enable you to put down that donut and walk away: Sugar ages you. Despite many factors that harm your skin, sugar is probably one of the worst offenders for entirely aging your face and body.

Sugar affects negatively to your skin through a natural process called glycation. The sugar in your bloodstream connects to proteins to create noxious free radicals called advanced glycation end products (AGEs). When AGEs accumulate (the more sugar you eat, the more you develop), they damage the proteins around them.

1. Damages Collagen & Elastin

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You should not absorb sugar not only for weight reasons (US health guidelines recommend you cut down sugar absorbing), you are now more motivated to prevent your looks from the aging ravages of sugar. Here is an in-depth look at the aging effect of sugar on your face.

2. Affects The Type Of Collagen You Have

Using too much sugar also influent on the type of your collagen. Your skin has three basic types of collagen (aptly named Type I, II and III). The stability and resilience of collagen build with each stage: Type I is the weakest and Type III the strongest. Glycation degrades Type III collagen into Type I that diminishes your skin’s structural strength and stability.

3. Deactivates Natural Antioxidant Enzymes

Not only does it destroy your skin’s essential proteins, but AGEs also influent worse on your body’s natural antioxidant enzymes.

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If lack of protection of antioxidants, your skin will be more sensitive because of free radical damage caused by environmental assailants like pollution, blue light, and UV rays. These free radicals cause oxidative stress that is the main reason for the premature aging of your skin.

Signs That Sugar Is Aging Your Skin

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According to the British Journal of Dermatology, Women around age 35 seem to get influenced by glycation clearest. By this time, the oxidative damages accumulated during the time to time, hormonal changes and AGE development compound will act as prevention for the counteractive ability of skin from the damage done with sufficient collagen and elastin synthesis. Here are the signs on your face that sugar is the culprit aging your skin

  • The surface of your skin looks hard and shiny.
  • Deep, crosshatch lines appear along your upper lip.
  • Discoloration and hyperpigmentation mark your skin.
  • Deep crevices appear, especially around the laugh line area.
  • The skin around your jowl area is sagging.