Most of us don’t realize that skin directly correlates to our digestive system and if we eat something we have trouble digesting, there are consequences. Unfortunately – those consequences can show up on our faces\nLong-term effects of consuming sugar include premature aging and scarring. Sugar attaches to proteins in the bloodstream, forming new molecules, called Advanced Glycation End products (or AGEs), that damage both collagen and elastin, contributing to sagging and wrinkles. Due to the breakdown of collagen the skin can become dull, saggy, thin, and wrinkly and unhealthy in appearance. AGEs also deactivate natural antioxidant enzymes, leaving the skin more prone to the damaging effects of UV rays. According to a 2007 study in the British Journal of Dermatology, these effects increase at the age of 35 and continue rapidly as you age. Aside from increasing the effects of aging, glycation can also exacerbate skin conditions like acne and rosacea. So those breakouts you’ve been blaming on hormones may not be hormonal at all!\nA steady diet of sugary foods results in a rapid increase in blood sugar in the body. This can lead to inflammation and can bring on biochemical changes in the human cells that result in acceleration of the aging process. Therefore, the effects of deterioration can include the skin becoming less elastic, which in turn can lead to deep wrinkles allowing the skin to look aged in appearance.\nIt is important that our sugar cravings are controlled thus stabilizing blood sugar and insulin levels. It is crucial to limit or exclude bad carbohydrates and sugary foods.\nAs more research is becoming available on sugar’s harmful effects, it is evident it is not simply the sugar you add to your tea, or the candy you eat. Harmful sugar may be listed on ingredient labels on everyday foods as: barley malt, corn syrup, dextrose, fruit juice concentrate, maltose, maple syrup, molasses, fructose, glucose, lactose, sucrose. Watch your labels and avoid these ingredients if possible.\nExperts recommend that sugar should be avoided altogether and refined carbohydrates should be kept to a minimum. Instead chose the lower GI options such as brown rice, pasta and bread. The good news is if you change your ways and cut down on sugar, you should quickly see benefits. This coupled with a good skin care routine, such as Theraderm’s Skin Renewal System, will help to improve the skin.\nSo banish your sweet tooth and take care of your skin!