There’s a lot of research and evidence against sugar out there at the moment and, unfortunately, premature aging is yet another side effect of a diet full of sugary sweetness. Emma Hobson, education manager for the International Dermal Institute, tells us why:
“Sadly, yes, sugar does cause wrinkles! We now know that collagen and elastin proteins (essential for a firm, youthful skin) are highly susceptible to an internal chemical reaction within our body called glycation, resulting in the formation of advanced glycation end-products (AGEs).
“AGEs contributes to the ‘thickening’ and ‘stiffening’ of protein fibres resulting in wrinkles, the loss of elasticity causing sagging and the aging process.
“Therefore, next time you look at that piece of chocolate cake, don’t worry about the calories as much as the way it’s going to age your skin!”
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