Glycation and the Aging of Your Skin

sugarWhen we think of aging skin, we tend to think of avoiding the sun, eating right, and doing things like freezing the facial muscles, avoiding certain facial expressions, and generally trying to “freeze” the face so that we don’t get the deep depressions, wrinkled and fine lined areas that come with age.

However, if we just stuck to a certain dietary principle, we wouldn’t have to worry so much about the aging process when it comes to the skin, and incidentally also when it comes to age related degenerative diseases as well.

Sugar can literally accelerate skin aging

The process I’m speaking of is called glycation. It occurs when excess sugar is taken into the body. This excess sugar causes a rigidity and damage to the skin cells by reacting with the proteins within them.  It leads to skin cell death, malfunctioning of the skin cells (or mutations), and also to their inflexbility.

When we are young, our skin cells are plump and flexible. As we age, they tend to get more rigid and more easily “wrinkled”.  If you think of it like an aged rubber band that has dried out, it makes sense. Aged and dried out rubber bands loose their flexibility. They “dry rot” and can get marks in them when stretched or worse, they can break.

That’s exactly how our skin behaves. Adding more sugars to your diet makes your skin more delicate, more “thin” and much more easily wrinkled, damaged and marked with the signs of age such as age spots, darkening of the skin and other discolorations as well as deep depressions.

Using creams that plump up and hydrate the skin cells, like our Nourish & Hydrate cream which uses MSM to increase flexbility and dramatically improve hydration, helps. However you also must follow the right diet to maximize the effects of anti-aging via reducing this process called glycation with age.

Reduce sugar, increase MCF’s and protein

Someone who has a diet high in sugars, including refined carbohydrates which just break down in the body to simple sugars quickly, is going to experience more obvious signs of the skin aging than someone who avoids a lot of sugar in their diet.  The answer to this is to increase your natural proteins and MCF’s (Medium Chain Fatty Acids) and decrease refined processed foods with tons of carbs.

Does this mean that you have to always skip dessert? No, of course not. However, you do have to keep in mind that these quick bursts of sugar into the blood stream only will advance the aging of your skin. So it is best to eat dessert right after dinner so it helps absorb the effects of the sugar in the blood stream since it will be combined with proteins and fibers.

Or you have to simply limit your sweets all around.  I’ve found for myself that my sweet tooth has dramatically declined as I get older. A  lot of others I know have noticed this as well. So the good news is that most people tend to lose the voracious sweet tooth as they age.


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