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SUGAR and how this effect’s your skin.

February 10th, 2020

Another factor in aging is "glycation." It happens when glucose, the main sugar we use as energy, binds to some of our DNA, proteins, and lipids, leaving them unable to do their jobs. The problem becomes worse as we get older.

DIETS HIGH IN SUGAR Can damage elastin and collagen within the skin increasing wrinkles and sagging. Advanced Glycation End products (AGE’S) are compounds resulting from a combination of sugars and proteins accelerate ageing. The glucose (sugar) wraps around the proteins (collagen and elastin) and they become rigid, break up and lose activity with age they destroy the pillow of firmness of the skin formed by collagen and elastin causing visible wrinkles.

Dietary changes to help slow down glycation

• Fruits and wholegrains have high sugar however they contain nutritious anti-oxidants and fibre.

• Vitamins B1 and B6 inhibit the protein destroying effects of glycation.

sources of vitamin B6 include pork, poultry, fish and eggs sources of Vitamin B1 include kale, cauliflower, asparagus, beef, nuts and wholegrains

• Foods high in Vitamin C help prevent the side effects of glycation as they stimulate collagen synthesis and have a powerful anti-oxidant effect and DNA protection. 

sources of vitamin c include oranges, peppers, strawberries, broccoli and potatoes

• Foods high in linoleic acid are a potent antiglycation compound. inhibiting AGE’s formed by both glucose and fructose. linoleic acid also helps with inflammation.

sources of linoleic acid include: Nuts, seeds, vegetable oil and meat

• Avoid white sugar and corn syrup • Wholegrains produce less glucose and release slowly

• Carnosine protects against AGE build up and the signs of ageing, it is found in muscles.

sources of carnosine include meat fish and poultry (it is only found in animal-based foods)

• Green tea and white tea are rich in an anti-ageing antioxidant called EGCG which helps collagen synthesis and cell turnover resulting in less wrinkles

Glycation also can impact inflammation and acne:

Inflammation: Eating high sugar foods causes a spike in insulin which help to stabilise blood sugars. when insulin is increased so is inflammation this can be a contributory factor in eczema, psoriasis, acne and rosacea flare ups.

Acne: The inflammatory response can be increased through excess sugar consumption creating a perfect environment for bacteria to thrive contributing to red and painful spots. inflammation leads to the body producing cortisol (stress hormone) which boosts your skins oil production giving bacteria the perfect environment to breed.

Preventing glycation within the body can help prevent the early signs of ageing reduce skin conditions such as rosacea, acne and allergies changes to diet and lifestyle can help as can a tailored skin care and treatment programme if you would like more information please book for a consultation at Skin Deep

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