Rare is the woman who can indulge in dessert without wondering whether the extra calories will hit her hips or her thighs first…! Sugar is a sly villain– giving our taste buds a hit of pleasure before wreaking havoc everywhere else.
But there probably aren’t many of us who worry that eating sugar might also cause wrinkles – but the truth is that it can, in a process known as ‘Glycation’.
The glycation process
When you have sugar molecules in your system, they bombard the body’s cells like a meteor shower—hooking onto fats and proteins in a process known as Glycation. This forms Advanced Glycation End products (commonly shortened, appropriately, to AGEs), which cause protein fibers to become stiff and malformed. The proteins in skin most prone to glycation are the same ones that make a youthful complexion so plump and springy—collagen and elastin. When these proteins attach to sugars, they become discoloured, weak, and less supple; this shows up on the skin’s surface as wrinkles, sagginess, and a loss of radiance.
To an extent, Glycation is a fact of life. It’s happening right now, to all of us. The external signs of glycation tend to show up around the age of 30 or 35, when a perfect storm of built-up sun damage, environmental oxidative stress, hormonal changes, and the development of AGEs begins to result in, well, A-G-E. While Glycation can’t be completely stopped, it can be slowed
Glycation: The Prevention
The good news is there are changes you can make — to both your skin care and your diet — that will help. Scientists have discovered skin care ingredients that help stop glycation by preventing the glucose-collagen bonds from forming. And they’ve found other ingredients that can help eliminate the AGE free radicals that are already present in the skin.
Hydr8 Day 360 is a total anti-ageing moisturiser, designed for daily use on every skin type. This advanced formulation works hard to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, harnessing Medik8’s Anti-AGE complex to rejuvenate the skin.
Anti-AGE, L-Carnosine, has been proven to not only stimulate collagen synthesis and minimise oxidative stress, but it reacts with sugars within the skin, to inhibit glycation mediated by these molecules. All this PLUS moisture magnets to increase skin hydration.
Hydr8 Day 360 is a must for all skins concerned with aging.
And of course, there’s diet. A few strategic changes in what you eat — the most obvious being cutting back on sugar — and how you prepare your food can make a significant difference.