Now that your house is stocked with chocolate and other tasty Halloween treats, some not-so-sweet news has surfaced. Experts are claiming that too much sugar can make your skin dull and wrinkled.
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 or AGEs. The more sugar you eat, the more AGEs you develop. Adding to the bad news, AGEs leave you more vulnerable to sun damage - which is nother major cause of skin aging. According to a study published in the British Journal of Dermatology, these sugar-related skin effects may start at about age 35 and increase rapidly after that.
The good news is, there are several ways to counteract this, such as cutting back on sugar sweets, wearing sunscreen and eating more antioxidant-rich fruits, nuts, and vegetables.
If you haven't yet bought Halloween candy, here are a few sugar-free suggestions to help avoid those wrinkles.
Andes Sugar-Free Creme De Menthe Thins
Russell Stover Sugar-Free Pecan Delights
Hershey's Sugar Free Candy