Skin care tip of the day, replace sugar with herbs, spices to look younger

For smoother, younger skin, every nutritionist will ask you to stay away from sugar.

Neighbourhood Lifestyle Desk: If you’ve been religiously following health guides and diet charts, you probably already know that sugar is your body’s biggest enemy. If you are not careful about your sugar consumption, you could be staring at a long list of fitness related problems. Almost every nutritionist will tell you to cut down on sugar. Why? There are many reasons.

Apart from these obvious health hazards, sugar is also linked to early ageing. Excess sugar in our diet can cause glycation in which excess sugar molecules attach themselves to collagen fibres and ultimately cause them to lose strength and flexibility. The result: wrinkles, deep lines and sagging skin.

Here are some other tried and tested methods to undo the sugar damage on your skin:

Try the Mediterranean diet: The core of this diet is based on ‘fresh is best’. There’s no processed food and everything is either natural or home-made. In fact, new research shows that a diet rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, like the diet eaten in Mediterranean regions where melanoma rates are extremely low, can help protect us from skin cancer.

More healthy fats: Consume more avocados, mackerel, olive oil, nuts, seeds, beans, squash and leafy greens.

Add more vitamin C: Citrusy fruits, berries are rich in antioxidants and help build collagen.

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