At some point in your life, you’ve probably heard that sugar can cause acne. When you indulge in sweet treats, your insulin levels spike, causing an uptick in oil production in the skin. Increased oil means a greater chance of clogged pores and blemishes.
That same process– in which blood sugar rapidly increases– also contributes to the production of advanced glycation end products or A.G.E.s. Studies have been well-researched on the effects of glycation and high blood sugar, such as those seen in people with diabetes. These studies have shown that A.G.E.s damage connective tissue and cause chronic inflammation, leading to complications associated with diabetes, such as cataracts and vascular tissue damage.
Your skin’s connective tissues aren’t safe from glycation’s ill effects. Collagen and elastic, both critical ingredients of the skin’s protein matrix, fall victim to glucose molecules. Once they’ve come into contact, the collagen and elastin cells become malformed and weak, creating fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging.
Most foods hide sugar stowaways, including those typically considered healthful, like fruits, whole grains, and vegetables. Glucose is necessary in some quantity, as it provides the fuel our cells require to function. But, by restricting refined sugars and investing in skincare that battles back against glycation, you can slow the signs of aging associated with glucose damage.
Meg 21’s patented Supplamine® formula is clinically proven to prevent toxic sugar production and neutralize pre-existing harmful sugars, essentially stopping glycation in its tracks. With regular use, Meg 21 with Supplamine® has been shown to increase firmness by 22%, moisture by 42%, and smoothness by 43% in just four weeks.
Advanced Skin Therapeutics is proud to carry this range of anti-aging products, including Anti-Oxidant Boost to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, toner to balance the skin, cleanser to unclog pores, and Redness Relief for an instant reduction in skin inflammation. All of these products combine Supplamine® with other soothing extracts to nurture your skin from the inside out.
SkinCeuticals A.G.E is a quality skincare line designed to improve the visible signs of aging with a high-concentration combination of proxylane, blueberry extract, and phytosphingosine. Blueberry extract is a naturally derived antioxidant that strengthens the skin matrix by stopping the glycation process, preventing wrinkles and laxity.
Rejuvenate your skin with A.G.E. Interrupter and A.G.E. Eye Complex for Dark Circles. By adding these products to your skincare regimen, you’ll see an immediate increase in skin radiance and a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles.
The skincare experts at Advanced Skin Therapeutics can help you find the products you need for your specific skin concerns, including glycation and anti-aging. Stop by to speak with one of our providers or take a look at our online shopping page to learn more about our trusted skincare brand partners.