We all are aware that Sugar is no good for us. We know about the pounds it adds to your body and I’m sure we all don’t fancy that. What we were totally unaware was that sugars are slowly causing aging on your skin! It’s a bitter pill to swallow, but experts now believe that a lifetime of overeating sugar can make skin dull and wrinkled. That last piece of Chocolate, that Mithai that needs to be tasted, that one bowl of dessert or that new dessert place near the office- Guilt pleasures!
At blame is a natural process that’s known as Glycation, in which the sugar in your bloodstream attaches to proteins to form harmful new molecules called advanced Glycation end products. More sugars- more Glycation products, which in turn attach to the Proteins and damage them. The most damaged is collagen and elastin, the protein fibers that keep skin firm and elastic. This in turn causes them to be springy and cause saggy skin & wrinkles.
The good news about sugar-damaged skin: It’s never too late to turn back the clock. Let me tell you few ways to set the clock in reverse:
1. Retinoid Products
One way is to build new collagen with products that contain retinoids—look for retinol in OTC serums and lotions or prescription creams such as Renova, Avage, and Differin. Also, products contain compounds like aminoguanidine and alistin, which have been shown to block the formation of Glycation Compounds.
Some Retinol based creams(high content) available in India are listed below. You can directly click to purchase them.
2. Cut back on Sweet
I barely take any sugar and all the while thought that I have totally cut off sugar. Then came the dawning about the hidden sources!Even whole grains, fruits, and vegetables turn to glucose—the type of sugar that fuels glycation—when digested. So cutting off from sugars is near impossible! But limiting added sugar can help. Be aware of the kind of sugar you are consuming. Avoid Sodas & anything than comes in a can, carton or packaging. Go for natural sweeteners like honey & stevia. When you crave for a dessert, go for fruits. Add honey in your smoothies instead of Sugar.
3. Be aware of what you eat
Many prepared foods contain hefty amounts of sugar—but it’s hidden under aliases—including barley malt, corn syrup, dextrose, fruit juice concentrate, maltose, maple syrup, molasses, and turbinado—on ingredient panels.Check the nutrition label for sugars, which are listed in grams under total carbohydrates, and then divide that number by four (each teaspoon of sugar is equal to 4g) to convert it to teaspoons. For example, if sugars are listed as 12g, you’re getting three teaspoons of sugar per serving. Isn’t that pretty scary?
4. B1 & B6 Vitamins
Studies have proved that having your daily dose of B1 and B6 Vitamin can cut back on the glycation process. Better be safe than sorry!
5. Antioxidation & Detox
This one is a method of fighting the Aging from inside. I’m sure you all must have heard of Anti-oxidants that help in prevent aging. They prevent the glycation products from attaching to your proteins. so it very important you have your daily dos of Anti-oxidant rich food. The better your intake of Vitamin C and E (found in fresh fruits, nuts and veggies) the better your chances of protecting your skin from the detrimental effects of sugar.
Hope this helped