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Sugar Causes Wrinkles

Who doesn't love sugar? I know I crave that sweetness (especially during certain times of the month), but experts now believe that eating too much sugar can make your skin look dull and wrinkled.

How? When you eat the sweet stuff, sugar in your bloodstream attaches to proteins to form harmful new molecules in a process called glycation. These new molecules are called advanced glycation end products or, appropriately, AGEs for short – am I the only one that finds that acronym highly ironic? The more soda, candy, and deep-fried twinkies you eat, the more AGEs you develop.

Dermatologist Fredric Brandt says, "As AGEs accumulate, they damage adjacent proteins in a domino-like fashion." Collagen and elastin are the protein fibers in your skin that make it firm, springy and elastic. Once they're damaged, they become dry and brittle, which leads to wrinkles and the ever-so-wonderful sagging.

Another thing about AGES is that they deactivate your skin's ability to produce antioxidant enzymes, which leaves your skin more vulnerable to sun damage (another cause of wrinkles).

It's never too late to work on reversing the effects. To find out how

  • Keep added sugar to no more than 10% of your daily calories.
  • Ditch soda and drink water instead. Not only are the hydrating effects of water good for your skin, but one 12 oz. can of soda contains about 40g of sugar. That's just about as much as a person should consume in a day.
  • Read labels meticulously. Processed foods can tend to have tons of hidden sugars under names like barley malt, corn syrup, dextrose and maltose.
  • Avoid high fructose corn syrup. This type of sugar is believed to produce more AGEs.
  • Make sure to get your B vitamins, at least 1 mg a day each of B1 and B6.
  • Don't forget your vitamin C either, since it may help fight wrinkles.
  • If you're still smoking, here's another reason to quit. Smoking can cause wrinkles on your face and it also affects the skin all over your body.
  • You can also try out anti-aging serums and creams, but they aren't guaranteed to work. Depending on your skin type, they may diminish lines for a brief time, or they may not work at all.

Join The Conversation
doglvr34 doglvr34 9 years
that picture is SO cute! :)
PrincessTracy PrincessTracy 9 years
I am going to be a wrinkly old bitch haha
misstsapinay misstsapinay 9 years
Urgh. I guess this proves that you really are what you eat? (Eat crap, look like crap?)
cravinsugar cravinsugar 9 years
I'm getting wrinkles from Sugar by squinting and frowning/smiling at the screen all day! *wink*
wolverine1 wolverine1 9 years
Guilty as hell! I'm a sugar addict myself...i just love 'em...godiva chocolates, ice cream, cakes, name it, i'll eat it!!!
lizzie_ttu lizzie_ttu 9 years
cute leeetle picture :)
cravinsugar cravinsugar 9 years
What about sugar scrubs then? Does it have the same effect long term if you use it externally?
longhorn_sugar longhorn_sugar 9 years
did you really need to post this BEFORE Halloween = /
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
So interesting.
Liz4aker Liz4aker 9 years
Does Splenda cause the same problems since it comes from sugar?
PJ-PJ-PJ PJ-PJ-PJ 9 years
I'm in big trouble. I love sweets! I guess there will be some botox or surgery in my future! ;)
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I do too aimeeb...I like search my face throughly every week! My fall-out is cookies...I'm a cookie monster! And those puppies are fricken so cute! I seriouly want one!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Thank you for this, I have such a phobia about wrinkles.
SummerBaby SummerBaby 9 years
awe i want all those puppies! they are totally cute!! :)
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