Everyone wishes that their skin should never age and it should keep looking younger. This also comes with certain efforts that one needs to take in order to have a younger looking skin. There are tons of anti-aging products available which can claim to reverse the aging of skin and make you look 10 or 20 years younger (seriously???). But these products, even if they work may show you results which may not be long-lasting. They may make your skin softer but making it look younger is not so easy.
How great it would be that a small change in your diet may do wonders for your skin. Saying no to sugar is the first thing that you should be doing for you to have a younger looking skin. Of course you body cannot do without sugar but at least whatever excess sugar that you may be taking in can be stopped to moderate your sugar intake, typically with those kind of people who like to have something sweet after lunch or dinner or just people with a really big sweet tooth.
The fact is that sugar can actually be a biggest enemy of your skin if you allow your sweet cravings to take over you. The sweets which you have break down the proteins in not such a good way which causes Advance Glycation End products ( aptly abbreviated as AGE). This causes the proteins in the collagen of your skin to become stiff, thus making the skin age faster and also causing brittleness in your hair.
Doctors say that excess sugar will cause skin tags and pigmentation and will also lead to the darkening of your skin. Excess sugar can also stimulate oil glands which will make your skin oily and sticky and people with sensitive skin can also develop acne.
What is Glycation?
Well, this process in not a usual one happening in your body but whenever you are high on sugar and you have foods with high glycemic index like white breads, pastas, creamy biscuits, desserts, such an overload can cause glycation. This is also one of the main contributors to wrinkles, deep lines and sagging skin.
In glycation, the sugar molecules attach themselves to the proteins in the collagen of the skin without the influence of any enzyme. This causes the skin to lose its flexibility and making the skin more vulnerable to sun damage.
How sugar can harm your looks?
We all know that excess sugar can have serious health issues but when it harms your skin it will obviously hurt your looks. Especially people with type 2 diabetes should be more careful when its comes to skin care as they are more vulnerable to thickening of the skin in the upper neck or at the back of the neck, darkening and thickening of the skin in the underarms, under the breasts, etc. ( Now you why some people look that weird?)
You may be young or you may be old but your skin has to be looked after all the time to keep it looking younger or trying to make it look younger (hope you got what I want to say). Excess sugar levels in your blood always puts your skin at a risk of bacterial or fungal infections, boils, warts, herpes etc. Your immunity also takes a hit and you become more susceptible to reactions and allergies. If you are obese then you make have deal with issues like slow healing and the effects mentioned above will be more adverse.
You may or may not be in the quest to achieve a younger looking skin but it best in the overall interest of your health to avoid excess sugar from entering your body. If you really want to have a fabulous younger looking skin they you will want to go a step ahead and do more like eating lots of fruits and veggies, have a good anti-oxidant intake, exercise, etc. Also anti-aging products will actually do wonders here when you are in this mode. Please share your views on this in the comments section below and also share if you have been able to really turn around the way your skin looks.
So, say no to sugar whenever really not needed for you to have a younger looking skin.