Sugar May Be Aging Your Skin
I haven’t been a huge fan of sugar lately and that’s mostly due to the fact my young son cannot have it. Logan suffers from two digestive enzyme insufficiency disorders, one being sucrase, the enzyme that breaks down sucrose (table sugar). He’s limited to just a small amount of sugar in his diet or he’ll get sick. But don’t feel sorry for my kid! Sugar isn’t all it’s cracked up to be as I’ve learned while limiting my own sugar intake so Logan doesn’t feel like the odd man out in our family. Since going sugar-free, I’ve noticed changes in my health, energy levels, mood and weight – all for the better. So when skincare expert, Ron Cummings, declared that sugar may be aging your skin, I wasn’t surprised at all.
According to Cummings, founder and CEO of AminoGenesis Skin Care, most people aren’t aware of the biological process responsible for most skin damage. Smoking? Stress? Overexposure to the sun? These things will definitely cause wrinkles and skin damage, but Cummings points to another cause: glycation. Now what in the world is that? Glycation is the damage to proteins caused by sugar molecules. “The word that has been on the minds of dermatologists and other skin-care researchers for many years is glycation, which is what happens on the cellular level to age our skin, ” says Cummings. A study has shown people with diabetes have a higher rate of glycation resulting in severe complications, such as blindness and nerve damage.
Cummings wants anyone interested in skincare to know a few points about glycation:
• Glycation is the skin’s No.1 aging factor. Sugar molecules in our body bombard our cells like a ferocious hail storm, bonding with fats and proteins. The proteins then become misshapen and excrete exotoxins that disrupt cellular metabolism. Collagen, which makes skin look smooth and plump, is a protein that’s particularly vulnerable to glycation. The damage manifests as wrinkles, lines, discoloration and edema. Rather than attacking a cell from the outside, like a free radical, glycation occurs from within.
• Anti-glycation topical solutions have been clinically shown to be effective. Old lotions, from your favorite moisturizer to Grandma’s secret facial solution to the new DIY recipe you found online act as a barrier to moisture evaporation. But their effect is temporary, and they don’t prevent or reverse damage. New anti-glycation formulas, however, directly address aging by releasing the sugar molecule’s bond with protein, allowing the cell to return to its natural shape and state.
“Just as antioxidants have revolutionized anti-aging efforts around the world, anti-glycation will be understood to be exponentially more effective,” Cummings says. Or you can just limit the amount of sugar in your diet. But that’s so much easier said than done! Believe me, I know.
If you’d like to learn more about Ron Cummings’ AminoGenesis Skin Care products, please visit his site www.aminogenesis.com.