Easy Diet Swaps for Glowing Skin
Want youthful, flawless and healthy skin? It may be time to edit your grocery list and embark on a healthy skin diet
"Eating tons of sugar forms advanced glycation end products (commonly shortened, appropriately, to AGEs), which cause protein fibers in the body to become stiff and malformed," says Dendy Engelman, MD, board certified dermatologic surgeon and associate at Manhattan Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery (she also works with the flawless Sofia Vergara).
Unfortunately for your glowing complexion, the proteins most prone to glycation are collagen and elastin -- aka the proteins that make your skin plump and springy. "When those proteins hook up with renegade sugars, they become discolored, weak, and less supple; this shows up on the skin's surface as wrinkles, sagginess and a loss of radiance," explains Engelman. (Talk about a bad one-night-stand).
Plus, these AGEs make your complexion more vulnerable to assailants like UV light and cigarette smoke. "So you get a double whammy when it comes to aging."
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