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Bitter than botox

india Updated: Jun 13, 2007 00:08 IST

Sugar and spice and all things nice, that’s what little girls are meant to be made of. Well, not if you want to look sweet sixteen forever. And we use the word ‘sweet’ advisedly. For that youthful look to stay intact at an age when the superstructure starts giving way, here is a new piece of advice. Forget that facelift or botox, just cut out sugar. Now chocoholics may suffer a sudden dip in blood sugar on hearing this, but this prescription comes from a dermatologist, Dr Frederic Brandt, who counts among his clients the ageless Madonna, Cher and Ellen Barkin.

The doctor also known as the ‘Baron of Botox’ is no sourpuss but does not believe that we need a sweetener now and again to get by. The good doctor cites his own example as proof that we need no sugar-coated pills to look radiant and slim. Out went the sugar jar from his life and now in his forties he claims he could pass off for a teenager. Oh, and he is also a yoga enthusiast. Sugar, he says, degrades the elastin and collagen in your skin and that is when the dreaded lines start appearing.

Now, we need to take this seriously as Dr Brandt stands to lose quite a bit by way of fees from those seeking youth through a well-aimed jab of botox to some part of the face. So it is now clear as a smooth forehead to us. If we eliminate carbohydrates, fats, red meat, alcohol and, now sugar, we will look forever like Shirley Temple or, horror of all horrors, Michael Jackson. Do we want to? For most of us, at the risk of sounding politically incorrect, the answer is no. Give us this day our daily martini, sinful tiramisu and, while you’re at it, pass the potatoes. You only live once, wrinkles and all.