THE 3 P.M. SODA ADDICTION
Your guilty pleasure isn’t just full of wrinkle-inducing sugar (yes, sweet stuff contributes to aging), it’s also highly acidic, says Dr. Graf. Healthy skin cells are formed when our internal systems are balanced at an alkaline (read: nonacidic) ph. When the environment is too acidic, cells produce less healthy offspring, causing everything from flakes to pigmentation problems to deep wrinkles.
Switch to a clear bev (dark soda contains more acidproducing phosphorus), says Dr. Graf. Or spike the dark stuff with alkaline-producing lemon. Moisture-attracting humectants, like glycerin or hyaluronic acid (in Kiehl’s and Murad’s, respectively), help strengthen weak skin cells.
WHAT’S The b ig d e Al?
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If you can see through your
soda, it’s better for your skin.