Sugar: Public Health Enemy Number One. Bad for our waistline, our glucose levels, our teeth…we’re all aware of the effects that sugar can have on our health. But how many times have you treated yourself to something sweet and thought about how it might affect your skin? No, we’re not talking pimples – sugar is, in fact, a key player in the skin’s aging process, and this is where our protagonist glycaction comes in.
What is glycation and how does it affect skin?
Glycation is a process which is caused by the presence of excess glucose in skin fibers. This excess triggers an internal reaction in which sugar molecules adhere to the collagen and elastin proteins, which normally help keep skin firm and supple.
In this process, something called advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) are formed. In time, these end-products make collagen rigid, meaning that it loses its ability to keep skin firm, and ultimately contributes to making us look older than we really are.
This process begins when we are about 20 and gradually intensifies. So, while it is a natural process, diets that are high in sugar accelerate glycation, causing more AGEs to form in the skin. This is why our face starts to “fall” and needs extra help to continue looking youthful.
How can we fight glycation?
You can help to counter glycation and skin aging in your skincare routine, including ingredients such as carnosine, a powerful anti-glycation agent. How does carnosine work to fight glycation and the formation of AGEs? Through distraction: the glucose molecules responsible for skin rigidity stick to the carnosine instead of to your collagen, which reduces the glycation process.
Our face contour cream: Isdinceutics AGE Contour was designed as a triple threat to premature aging: targeting pollution exposure, fine lines and wrinkles, and with carnosine as one of the key ingredients, the formation of AGEs in the skin. In clinical testing, users reported their skin looked visibly tighter and firmer in under two months.
What else can you do to fight the glycation process? If you’re concerned about how much sugar you’re consuming, it’s always best to consult a professional, who can advise you on dietary changes and recommend ways to cut down on your sugar intake.
Did you know about the effects of glycation? Have you tried Isdinceutics AGE Contour? Let us know in the comments section!
Gkogkolou, P., Böhm, M. Advanced glycation end products: Key players in skin aging? In Dermatoendocrinology (2012); 4(3): 259-270.
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