Skin Science Sunday: Does Sugar Age your Skin?

Does Sugar Age Your Skin?

Does sugar age your skin? YES! No surprise that sugar is bad for you, but most do not realize the negative effects it has on your skin. πŸ™…πŸΌπŸ­

So how does it age you? Sugar damages your collagen & elastic fibers, (the main components of youthful skin) then resulting in an aged appearance in the skin.

β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’THE SCIENCE: Sugar causes inflammation & affects your quality of collagen through the process of glycation. This process involves sugar converting into glucose in the bloodstream & creates the glycation reaction. The sugars then attach to proteins & form a molecule called Advanced Glycation End Products. This molecule then attaches to collagen & elastin & begins to break each of them down. The result: sagging of the skin & premature wrinkling. 

Steps to Improve your Skin & Prevent "Sugar Face": 

  1. Cut back on your daily sugar intake, swap your donuts & candy out for berries! Berries are high in antioxidants which will then help fight the free radicals that break down your collagen. Befriend the berries & unfriend high-fructose corn syrup - your worst enemy. 
  2. Start using a Vitamin C serum in your daily skincare routine. Skin Script's Vitamin C/Green Tea Serum is an excellent option! This serum helps support the building & stimulation of healthy collagen & elastin fibers & fights the signs of aging. Using this serum regularly will strengthen, brighten, & lessen the appearance of wrinkles.