Sweet Tooths Beware: Sugary Temptations Can AGE the Skin


It’s the time of year that makes every sweet tooth’s mouth water, from peppermint cheesecake to triple pumpkin lattes. What’s the harm in reaching for holiday treats? When it comes to your skin—plenty. Overindulge week after week, and all that extra sugar might not only pose health challenges for your body on the inside—it could show up on your face in the form of early wrinkles.

As Anne Alexander explains in The Sugar Smart Diet  (Rodale Press, Inc, 2014), it starts with the natural process called glycation, wherein sugar in your bloodstream attaches to proteins in your body to form new molecules called advanced glycation end products, also known as AGEs. Eating sugar causes AGEs to accumulate and damage nearby proteins—especially the protein fibers collagen and elastin, which keep skin firm and elastic. Once damaged, these fibers lose their natural resiliency and become dry and brittle, which leads to more wrinkles and sagging.

Alexander also warns to keep an eye on ingredient lists for refined sugars (high fructose corn syrup, glucose, sucrose, maltose and sugar in its many forms) lurking in unexpected places—like savory or processed foods, condiments, frozen entrees and pasta sauce.

In addition to deepening smile lines and crow’s feet, AGEs also disable your body’s natural antioxidant enzymes, which leaves skin even more vulnerable to the sun’s hazardous UV rays.

So skip the sweets craze this season and, instead, treat your skin to the anti-aging benefits of the REDEFINE Regimen and ACUTE CARE™ Skincare for Expression Lines, proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles after 10 uses over 4 weeks. By keeping those excess sugars out of your diet in the New Year, you can enjoy the best beauty gift of all: smoother, younger-looking skin.

Comment below and tell us which holiday treat you’re willing to give up in the name of great skin.

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  1. Sugar leads to tons of health issues and many in the medical field in which I work are really stressing it’s link to cancer. I love to bake but there are ways to cut back and use nuts for crusts, protein powder, and even spices to help promote sweet! Good luck all!

  2. This is a tough one because I love my sweets. Now after reading this, I know I will find myself hesitating and thinking twice before indulging in the sweets I love!!!!

  3. I gave up desserts a long time ago except special occasions, so some months I go without sweets entirely and other months I may have then 3 or 4 times. Even being careful with my diet, I still am thankful for these products and how they have reverse the signs of aging.

  4. I’m not much of a sweets eater, but now that I know how it can negatively affect my skin, I think I’ll be able to pass on the cakes and cookies and reach for a sweet piece of fruit, instead!

  5. I wish I’d known this when I was a child. I’ve eaten way too much sugar over my lifetime so with sun damage from tanning and tanning beds and over indulgence with sweet treats my skin was a mess. Thankfully I discovered R+ F and I’m reversing much of the damage.

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