The World Health Organisation has announced the daily allowance for a person’s sugar intake should be halved to six teaspoons.

This equates to less than the levels of sugar in a 50g Mars Bar.The move comes in a bid to help avoid mounting health problems including obesity and tooth decay.

I personally welcome the news. Ditching the sweet-tooth can help promote sweeter looking skin.

Over the past year or so a direct link has been established between the amount of sugar circulating in the blood and how old a person looks. Research has shown that those with higher blood sugar levels looked older than those with lower blood sugar. Unilever research found that for every 1mm/litre increase in blood sugar, the perceived age of the person rose by five months. A diet high in sugar is a real risk for your face. There is no point spending lots of money on expensive facial creams if you are still tucking into pudding and cream. Sugar causes glycation damage in the skin. This reduces the effectiveness of elastin and collagen proteins, the properties that give skin a youthful, plump appearance. Consuming large amounts of sugar will cause collagen and elastin to become more rigid, fragile and prone to damage, meaning skin will lose its snap back and wrinkles will begin to form and stick.

Carnosine and high levels of antioxidants present in our Secret is Out Lift & Repair Night Cream are great for antiglycation.

Diets high in sugar and milk can also lead to breakouts. Lower your sugar (and dairy) intake and curb those cravings with good quality dark chocolate.

The best form of sugar is raw fruit, in fact blueberry extracts contains flavonoids which further help to reduce glycation.

So try not to have your cake and eat it too, plus beat the skin blues with a healthy dose of blueberries.