Protein glycation is one of many natural aging processes that occur in skin. Caused by a reaction between a sugar (glucose) and proteins such as collagen, glycation leads to the formation of Advanced Glycation End-products (AGEs). An increase in AGEs results in undesired cross-linking of collagen, destroying its function and ultimately causing premature lines, wrinkles, and tired looking skin.

It is already known by most that excess sugar can lead to a variety of health concerns, but what many forget is that too much sugar can also affect the skin. Sugar can be digested in many forms, including the consumption of carbohydrates. If there is too much sugar in the body, protein molecules can cross-link with sugar molecules and once this cross-linking process has occurred, the new sugar proteins are now AGEs. The human body does not recognize AGEs as normal which causes inflammation effecting the body and the skin. Once formed, AGEs tend to gravitate toward dermal collagen and elastin loss.

It’s been said that 50% of aging of the skin is the result of this glycation reaction. Rather than attacking the cells from the outside like free radical damage, glycation occurs from within. Unfortunately, once glycation has occurred in the body/skin it cannot be reversed. You can treat aging skin with high grade ingredients and cosmeceuticals (like Face2Face Skincare Naturals) that can help repair outward signs of aging. But equally as important is to be aware what goes into your mouth then into your body, so limit those sugars.

Healthy Skin, Beautiful Skin…Naturally!