Sugar Can Age Skin

People buy Glucocil because they have blood sugar concerns. We understand that. We also know that that means that they are watching their diets and doing their best to avoid eating too much sugar in their day-to-day lives. But, sugar is in so many foods that it’s hard to avoid unless you shop very carefully. And, sweets and treats are delicious and tempting. Being “good” can be exhausting!

None of us are perfect, but we find that extra reasons to stick to our healthy patterns can give us more motivation to stay on track. We know our customers want to avoid sugar for the sake of their blood sugar, but having more reasons can help! For instance, did you know that a high sugar diet can damage the appearance of your skin and make you look older? As your skin is your largest organ, it’s essential to take care of it!

Sugar does damage to the skin through glycation. “Glycation is a process that occurs when sugar and its byproducts attach to various fibers and proteins in our body,” said Rachel Nazarian, a board-certified dermatologist. “This creates molecules called advanced glycation end products or AGEs.”

In the skin, AGEs weaken collagen fibers and elastin, which results in visible signs of aging including fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration and skin thinning,” said Christine C. Kim, another board-certified dermatologist.

Glycation breaks down collagen and elastin in your skin that keeps your skin looking tight. That leads to the formation of wrinkles.

Dermatologists call this the ‘sugar sag,’” says Dr. Patricia Farris. “Accumulation of AGEs starts in the early thirties and continues throughout life. AGEs in skin give it a yellowish discoloration that is a telltale sign of too much sugar consumption.”

The process is irreversible. But, the good news is that only added sugar causes this problem. Natural sugars found in fruits, veggies and grains rich in fiber don’t cause glycation. And, foods that are rich in B1 and B6 are AGE inhibitors and can slow the process. Asparagus, cauliflower, eggs, kale oranges and spinach are rich in B1. B6 is found in meat, poultry and fish, avocados, pistachios, sweet potatoes and more!

Dr. Tony Youn, a plastic surgeon, said, “There is no one secret to looking younger. It necessitates multiple factors. Diet is the first key: eating foods high in anti-oxidants and good fats and avoiding sugar and processed foods.”

If you want younger-looking skin, you should try to avoid added sugar as often as possible. We know that our customers aim for a healthy diet. But, extra incentive never hurts. As well as your blood sugar, your skin will thank you for passing on refined carbs and sweets!

Banner image: Patrick Fore via Unsplash
March 04, 2021
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