Sugar + Wrinkles

If a slimmer waistline and New Years resolutions haven’t curbed your sweet tooth, maybe the desire for smooth skin will. Experts now believe that a lifetime of overeating sugar can make skin dull and wrinkled.

At blame is a natural process known as glycation, the sugar in your bloodstream attaches to proteins to form harmful new molecules called advanced glycation end products (AGEs for short).

The more sugar you eat, the more AGEs you develop. Collagen and elastin, the proteins that keep skin firm and elastic, become dry and brittle with AGEs, leading to wrinkles and sagging. The good news is: it’s never too late to turn back the clock by topically applying retinoids and vitamin c daily.