3 Reasons You Should Stop Eating Sugar Now

We know. Halloween is around the corner, and you'll probably dip into the Reese's Peanut Butter Cups when no one is looking. But there's good reason to show restraint. While natural sweeteners like honey and fruit can go a long way to fend off a sweet tooth, we all need to work toward nixing refined and processed sugars, like you'll find in candy corn, packaged baked goods and ice cream.

• Sugar ages your skin. In your body, the sweet stuff binds to proteins in the cells and in collagen in your skin. These acts prompt the growth of free radicals and inflammation, which makes it harder for your cells to operate and renew, leaving you with aged skin.

• It not only causes cavities, but it can wreak havoc on your dental work, too. Hard or sticky foods such as mints and candies, can actually damage your veneers, crowns or bonding. So just say no to the Laffy Taffy and Dum Dum Pops.

• You will get fat-faster than you would eating fatty foods. And you can blame much of that on your sugary drinks, according to recent research by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

If you want some sugar in your life, stay away from the kids' trick or treat bags and stick to using it topically with a great sugar-based scrub like Bath Nation's Citrus Squeeze Sugar Polish.

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