Glycation is a natural part of the aging process but is the chemical reaction that occurs when sugars in the body attached to the proteins in the body.
The sun is not the only culprit in causing wrinkles. In fact other causes can be smoking, alcohol, sugars and grains. But part of the problem is the glucose or sugar circulating in our body. While glucose is an important fuel for our bodies, it can be damaging in the long run if ingested in excess.
“Glycation is essentially the caramelization of bodily tissue”
describes the process in this way...
“Glycation is essentially the caramelization of bodily tissue..yes. It goes by another fun name as well called the ‘Browning Reaction’ Think about crispy browned potatoes on the stove or fried chicken, this browned chicken or potatoes are examples of what happens in our bodies, just slower. Just like chicken and potatoes, we too have sugar and proteins that when they come together they create this chemical reaction.
So in addition to environmental factors, other factors such as glycation-induced aging threaten to diminish the skin’s youthful appearance.
- Advanced glycation end products (known as AGEs) are formed when sugars react with proteins such as collagen, an essential component of healthy skin.
- These AGEs threaten healthy skin by reducing the collagen’s regenerative ability and increasing collagen breakdown. The result can be wrinkling, creping and sagging skin.
Unfortunately, we encounter these AGE-inducing factors every day including when dietary sugars and foods are cooked at high temperatures. We all need topical protection against damaging glycation to help maintain a youthful appearance.
How can we counteract the effects of glycation?
- While we cannot help our genetics, we can avoid smoking, inflammation, insufficient nutrients in our diets, insufficient oxygen, stress and air pollution.
- We can include nutrients such as blueberries, pomegranate, vitamin C and special tea blends in our diets to help protect against the damaging effects of glycation and oxidative stress on the skin, leading to improved skin texture, decreased wrinkles, more elasticity, and protection against ultraviolet-induced damage.
- We can increase our antioxidant intake with a diet rich in fresh vegetables and fruit, and by drinking lots of pure, filtered water.
- We can apply H-Glow Formula to our cleansed face and neck while at the same time even massaging directly into the wrinkles themselves. This effective anti-wrinkle oil helps reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles while encouraging cell regeneration.
So to sum up...
Glycation is a normal process for the human body and it’s going to happen anyway but your negative lifestyle choices can definitely accelerate the process – choices such as smoking (which leaches antioxidants from your system, leaving less available to fight glycation) and too much sugar in your diet.