What is Glycation and How Does It Affect Your Skin?

Glycation is a chemical process in which proteins in the body mix or bind with sugars. In general, this is one of the main causes of premature skin aging. Although aging occurs naturally and is an inevitable process, there is no need to accelerate it. One of the ways in which glycation is accelerated in our body is with unbalanced sugar intake, poor diet, and high blood glucose levels.

Sugar plays an important role in our health, and in our skin. Therefore, discover how this phenomenon, glycation, can influence the way our skin ages and how much impact excess blood sugar can have on our skin.

When there is too much sugar in the skin, our body will react. Sugar particles adhere to the collagen and elastin proteins of the skin, causing adverse reactions that affect the firmness and elasticity of our skin. When these proteins are overloaded by sugar molecules, the body reacts with more action leading to inflammation and rapid skin aging.

As this process grows and advances, inflammation appears and other factors begin to develop in our skin that will finally be reflected in dry skin, with cracks, wrinkles, fine lines and sagging. As the skin loses its support and its youthful and natural structure, this inflammation will increase.

How Does Glycation Appear?

Glycation is a process that forms gradually as we age. What we want to achieve with this information is to avoid accelerating a process that does not have to be aggressive or harm our health. Some conditions that can accelerate this glycation process are:

  • High blood glucose levels or diabetes.
  • Exposure without adequate protection to the sun.
  • Stress
  • Foods with high concentrations of sugar
  • Junk food
  • Toxic and stressful relationships

All of these conditions will affect your skin in some way. That is why it is important to understand how we can help ourselves to avoid all these effects on our skin. One way to begin combating the harmful effects of glycation is through a daily skin care routine. Starting to provide your skin with products free of aggressive and toxic ingredients and made responsibly, taking into account that everything we put on our skin will have a positive or negative impact. For healthy and natural skin care for your skin, click here.

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