How Glycation Affects the Skin
Did you know that sugar is a major cause of premature aging? When our body has excess sugar, glycation occurs, a process in which sugar bonds with proteins to form advanced glycation end products, commonly referred to as AGEs. These AGEs cause inflammation and attack collagen and elastin, leaving these important connective tissues damaged and stiff. Eventually, AGEs build up enough to begin to affect the appearance of skin through wrinkles, loss of density, loss of tightness, and weakened barrier function.
How do you prevent this? Unfortunately, glycation cannot be stopped simply by steering clear of sugary foods. While avoiding refined sugar will help, even healthy foods like whole grains and vegetables produce glucose, a weaker, yet still damaging, form of sugar.
Skin care products can limit and repair damage done by AGEs. Look for ingredients that fight inflammation, stimulate collagen production, and moisturize the skin for optimal skin protection.