We all know that too much sugar isn't good for our diet, but it may be good for our skin.
New research into complex sugar structures known as glycans, through a science called glycobiology, is revealing that sugar may be the secret to wrinkle-free skin.
Glycans are essential for cellular communication in our skin, but diminish in number with age, which means cells no longer receive the messages they need to maintain youthful skin.
A new beauty product from YSL wants to change that. The Forever Youth Liberator range are lotions that artificially raise the levels of glycans in older skin to trick it into behaving like younger skin. The results, so far, are being praised by the beauty director of Harper’s Bazaar magazine as "amazing!"
Others call the science behind the beauty line, which is also thought to hold the secret to treating serious diseases like cancer and malaria, a "promising" new technology that could potentially change the world.
German chemist Peter Seeberger, the man behind YSL's beauty breakthrough, believes there is a long road ahead for his research, saying:
"We really are just scratching the surface here. In the future, we hope to be able to identify more of the glycans that are involved in the ageing process and to be able to use this knowledge to make even more significant changes to things like wrinkles and pigmentation."
It sounds a little too good to be true to us, but maybe we finally found the fountain of youth. Who would have guessed it would be in the makeup aisle?