The relationship between sugar and fine wrinkles can be sticky.
We know that excess sugar generally can lead to a variety of serious health concerns. Did you also know that too much sugar can also affect the skin?
Sugar consumption includes carbohydrates as well as sweet foods and additives, and can also be created during food preparation. An excess amount of any sugar causes protein molecules to cross-link with sugar molecules. When this cross-linking occurs, new sugar proteins are created; they are called advanced glycation end products (AGEs).
Sugar, inflammation and AGEs
This process of combating excess sugars causes inflammation within all areas of the body, including the skin. Because the human body does not identify AGEs as natural elements, it produces antibodies to remove them. In the process these enzymes attack and digest the collagen and elastin in the skin.
We know that AGEs compromise the structure of collagen by attaching to it, which means loss of structural integrity. This is what leads to wrinkle formation, loss of elasticity, premature ageing and a compromised barrier function. Also indicated are reduced circulation and cell turnover, and loss of facial volume.
AGEs affect our skin structures collagen and elastin, as well as other organs. As we age, proteins in the body can be damaged by the action of AGEs which represent a key factor in skin ageing. The more sugar consumed, the more AGEs are produced.
High glycemic index foods are bad for your skin
The glycemic index refers to how quickly blood sugar will rise following ingestion of foods. Simple carbohydrates with a high glycaemic index are also damaging to skin in high quantities. Complex carbohydrates and foods with a low GI are preferred and recommended for optimal skin.
Vita’s recommendation to combat AGEs
Medical research has indicated that Hyaluronic Acid (HA) has a unique ability to nourish the skin toward normalcy, imparting meaningful cosmetic and therapeutic benefits in the process.’ Basically HAs are good.
When it comes to the glycation process, HAs have proven useful in their protective benefits to skin, helping reverse or reduce the signs of ageing, including reduction of wrinkles and skin laxity.