How Glycation Contributes to Aging Skin

We all know the signs of aging skin - wrinkles on the forehead, crow’s feet, glabella, dark spots, sagging, and deepening of the nasolabial folds.  These are brought about by damage and decreased production of collagen, genetics, sun damage, smoking, pollution, sedentary lifestyle, improper diet, and years and years of expressive facial movements.  Did you know that there is another cause of skin aging that is not so obvious but very preventable?  This process is called glycation.
Glycation is a chemical process in which sugar molecules, such as glucose and fructose, bind to and damage proteins such as collagen which contributes to aging. It is brought about and accelerated by high glycemic index food or high sugar diets. 
The best way to prevent aging caused by glycation is to limit your sugar intake. Sugars can be found in candies, cakes, pastries, pasta, fries, and soda. But they can also be found in breakfast staples such as cereals, breads, pancakes, yogurt, fruits such as watermelon and pineapple, and fruit juice.
So the next time you have an urge to order your favorite strawberry-banana smoothie or lime-basil mojito, think about glycation and the years that it will add to your skin.

When it comes to anti-aging skincare, one of the key ingredients to look for is L-Ascorbic Acid. It is the most powerful form of the antioxidant Vitamin C which makes it effective in reducing the appearance of aging skin such as fine lines, wrinkles, and photoaging of the skin.

It is best to consult a board-certified dermatologist to help you achieve your skin goals. HOO Dermatology is open daily from 11:00AM to 8:00PM, Monday to Sunday, by appointment. Click here to book an appointment with a skin expert. xoxo


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