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SKINCARE: Sugar Causes Wrinkles - Truth or Myth?

So we all know by now that sugar is really not good for our bodies. The worst being processed sugar which can really cause damage to our bodies. Diabetes is one of the biggest problems, along with some experts warning that sugar is actually one of the biggest causes of cancer! God, that is seriously depressing I know!

How does sugar affect our skin though? Can it really cause premature ageing and wrinkles? Let's have a look in a little bit more detail...

Without trying to bore you with the 'science' of it all, when we consume sugar it actually goes into our bloodstream and attaches itself to proteins which creates new molecules called 'advanced glycation end products' (or appropriately named AGEs for short). The more sugar we consume, the more AGEs we have in our bodies. These continue to damage proteins in our bodies in almost like a 'domino effect'. In fact, the proteins that they damage are our collagen and elastin fibres (these are protein fibres which keep our skin firm and elastic), which when damaged become dry and brittle. When these fibres snap (due to them being so brittle) they create a wrinkle. What can I say, bad news guys! Maybe that innocent piece of cake with lunch wasn't so innocent after all!

So what can we do to help ourselves? Is it too late? Is the damage already done? Not necessarily - I'm sure you will be glad to hear that there are some things that can be done to prevent any further damage.

Try and avoid all processed sugar in future

Now, I'm not saying you're not entitled to a piece