Whilst we all know that the sun is the number one cause of external skin ageing, it is a little known fact that sugar is the number one cause of internal skin ageing. This process that contributes to a loss of skin density and volume is called glycation. It is also a process that contributes to the formation of deeper wrinkles, especially on the face, neck and chest.
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body and gives our skin volume, thickness, density and firmness. Glycation is the process where sugar molecules (from our diet) bind onto collagen fibres, breaking down their strength and structure in the process. Characteristic ‘criss-cross’ lines appear, creating skin thinness, sagging and a quilted effect of wrinkles.
Whilst the daily application and reapplication of sunscreen is paramount, the trigger of glycation is instigated by the consumption of high GI (or glycaemic index) foods. These include the obvious culprits such as sugar, soft drinks, confectionery and even fruit juice. Other high GI foods that may come as a surprise includes alcohol, honey and high-carbohydrate foods such as white pasta and bread. Believe it or not, a glass of orange juice can be just as sugary as lemonade or cola.
From a dietary perspective to combat glycation – balance is key. Why not consider swapping the sugar in your tea for a natural artificial sweetener such as stevia? Why not try the ‘diet’ version of your favourite soft drink. Other easy lifestyle changes include wholemeal bread and pasta, brown rice and exercising regularly, for at least 20 minutes, 4-5 days a week.
To treat the existing signs of glycation, consider a course of Dermapen Treatments™? Dermapen™ naturally works to stimulate and re-fortify collagen production. Sagging contours and deeper lines caused by glycation can be visibly reduced. A firmer and smoother complexion may be achieved in a little as 3 treatments at 6-8 week intervals.
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