It’s one of life’s great pleasures to occasionally treat ourselves to dessert, and it is well worth enjoying. However, some of us treat ourselves more often than others, and here’s why we should think twice before the next indulgence:
When sugar enters our system it locks onto fats and proteins in a process known as glycation. This prompts the growth of free radicals and inflammation, making it harder for cells to operate and renew themselves. The proteins in skin most prone to glycation are collagen and elastin, which are responsible for regenerating skin. When these proteins combine with sugars they appear on the skin as wrinkles, sagginess, and a loss of radiance. In our thirties, these sugar by-products begin building up at the same time that our ability to combat damage becomes lower.
Sugar is an essential fuel for our brains and metabolism that is necessary for survival. All carbohydrates get converted to sugar but when you eat the unprocessed ones like brown rice and whole grains, the result is less glucose at a slower rate for your body to absorb. While glycation will continue, it can be slowed by avoiding white sugar, simple carbs, and high-fructose corn syrup—which studies have shown increase the rate of glycation by 10 times. Drinking green tea has also been proven to significantly reduce the effects of the glycation process while stimulating collagen growth. So it’s worth it to swap your coffee for a green tea, and your dessert with a fruit sometimes.
The right skin care regimen also has a high impact on the visible signs of glycation. Using products with retinoids, peptides, and antioxidants, as well as some dermal fillers stimulate our fibroblasts to build new collagen and help eradicate damage. We offer a variety of anti-aging options at THE ENHANCERS, so call us for your free consultation!