Turn Back the Face of Time 10 Years
Being called sugar face and sweet cheeks may no longer be a term of endearment; according to Dr Fredric Brandt new book 10 Minutes/10 Years: Your Definitive Guide to a Beautiful and Youthful Appearance, sugar is the number one enemy to a youthful appearance. “In a nutshell, sugar hastens the degradation of elastin and collagen, both key skin proteins. In other words, it actively ages you,” says Dr Brandt, who counts Madonna, Rupert Everett, Cher and Ellen Barkin among his clients.
Dr Brandt believes that by simply reducing your sugar intake, you can turn back the clock by ten years and improve the texture, tone and radiance of your skin. He saw a remarkable change in his own skin when he eliminated sugar from his diet. Not only did he drop 20lb, but, he says, within ten days he saw an increased glow, radiance and elasticity in his face. And within a year, his body had changed completely as well. I noticed the same exact things in my own body as well. The hyper pigmentation started to reverse. I was sleeping through the night and that little puffy muffin top of a stomach subsided.
The Not So Sweet Signs of Aging
Foods with refined sugar can produce hyperglycemia which causes a sudden rush in the blood sugar levels. This promotes inflammation and promotes skin aging. Sugar and carbohydrates converted to sugar have a specific detrimental effect upon collagen causing cross-linking and a loss of elasticity. The result is the promotion of sagging skin and deeper wrinkles. It is estimated that approximately 50% of all skin aging and skin damage is caused by sugar-induced hyperglycemia.
Dr Brandt describes the full process like this.
“The sugar triggers a process in the body called glycation. This is where the sugar molecules bind to your protein fibres – those wonderfully springy and resilient collagen and elastin fibres – which are the building blocks of skin. “Imagine that your collagen is your skin’s mattress and the elastin fibres are the coils holding it together. The sugar attacks these fibres, making them less elastic and more brittle so they break.
“The result is that your once-youthful skin starts to sag and look old.” But it gets worse. The glycation process causes these proteins to mutate, creating harmful new molecules called Advanced Glycation End products (AGEs, an appropriate acronym, because it ages our faces), which accumulate and cause further inflammation and damage to your collagen and elastin. If you have normal, healthy collagen and elastin, your skin will snap back to its original position after you smile. But if your collagen and elastin has been made brittle by glycation and so is prone to breaking, your skin can’t snap back. That’s when fine lines and wrinkles appear – and they don’t go away.