Sugar or high-glycemic foods quickly convert to sugar. This in turn raises insulin levels and puts unnatural demands on your body to deal with the food you just ate. Simple carbohydrates, like refined sugar, white bread and soda, because your insulin levels to spike, this causes inflammation.
Inflammation produces enzymes that break down collagen and elastin, resulting in sagging skin and wrinkles. Digested sugar permanently attaches to the collagen in your skin through a process known as glycation.
Understanding the glycemic index, the scale which determines how quickly blood sugar levels rise after ingesting particular foods (hence, the high- and low-glycemic labels), is key to making the right choices for your skin when it comes to sugar.
Foods high in sugar are bad for your skin
Simple carbohydrates are the worst offenders : white bread, candy, fried food, ice cream, fruit juice, pasta, ketchup, cream cheese, jam, pizza, sugar (white and brown), packaged snacks and soft drinks. Common and uncommon names for sugar – see all the “other” names for sugar that you may be unaware of.
A 2005 article in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology examined the diets of 47,355 women and found a strong connection between milk and milk product (like cream cheese, sherbet, instant breakfast drinks and cottage cheese) intake and breakouts. Another study, of 4,273 teenage boys also found an association between milk and acne flare-ups.
If dairy triggers your breakouts, try to avoid milk. Switch to almond milk, and cut down on cheese and other dairy products.
Foods You Should Eat
Complex carbohydrates, like brown rice and vegetables. Low-glycemic options, like beans, nuts and whole grains, as well as fibrous foods, which delay sugar absorption, also help control blood sugar levels. Do your best to follow an anti-inflammatory diet of healthy fats (like olive oil and avocados), lean protein (like salmon), fibre (like broccoli and cauliflower) and antioxidants (like berries) if you wish to have glowing, youthful skin.
• Get plenty of sleep. When you don’t get enough shut-eye, your body releases the stress hormone, cortisol, which mobilizes sugar stores and causes your insulin to spike.
• Avoid stress where possible. Stress can spike insulin levels just like eating sugar. The effects of stress are particularly associated with acne breakouts.
•. If your goal is to keep your blood sugar levels consistent, make sure to fuel up with low-glycemic, high protein food every three hours to avoid insulin spikes.
• Eat your proteins first, as they don’t stimulate insulin spikes and therefore keep your body from triggering the inflammatory effects caused when you ingest insulin-spiking foods.
• Healthy fats, like Omega-3s, keep your skin looking soft, supple and radiant.
If there is too much sugar in the body, protein molecules can cross-link with sugar molecules.1 Once this cross-linking process has occurred, the new sugar proteins are called advanced glycation end products (AGEs). The human body does not recognize AGEs as normal, and will produce antibodies that cause inflammation in the skin. Once formed, AGEs tend to gravitate toward dermal collagen and elastin.
As we age, proteins in the body can become damaged through the introduction of AGEs—one of the key factors in ageing of the skin. The more sugar you eat, whether processed or natural, the more AGEs are produced. When the body is overwhelmed with AGEs, collagen becomes compromised. Effects of the glycation process at the cellular level of the skin’s structure may result in wrinkling, loss of elasticity, stiffness, accelerated ageing and compromised barrier function.
SkinCeuticals answer to AGE's - A.G.E. Interrupter Moisturiser
A multi-action, anti-wrinkle cream formulated to improve the visible signs of aging caused by Advanced Glycation End-products (A.G.E.)
A.G.E. Interrupter is an advanced treatment that fights the visible signs of aging caused by Advanced Glycation End-products (A.G.E.). This anti-ageing cream is formulated with an unprecedented 30% concentration of Proxylane™, 4% blueberry extract, and 0.2% phytosphingosine to help restore the loss of visible skin firmness caused by the glycation process. An integral part of any anti-aging skincare regimen to help prevent and correct visible signs of glycation.
- Improves the appearance of skin creping and thinning
- Reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and rough texture
- Restores water and nutrients to improve the look of skin firmness
- Comforts dry, ageing skin
Intrinsic ageing, caused by internal factors such as hormonal shifts and metabolic slowdown, contributes to the appearance of skin sagging, creping, and cracking.
Glycation, a major factor of intrinsic aging, occurs when excess sugar molecules bind to collagen and elastin fibers and prompt the formation of Advanced Glycation End-products (A.G.E.) that may lead to the appearance of ageing.
A.G.E. Interrupter is a uniquely-textured formulation optimized to help improve the visible signs of aging attributed to intrinsic aging. This potent anti-wrinkle cream features three powerful ingredients, Proxylane™, blueberry extract, and phytosphingosine, proven to improve visible signs of aging including wrinkles, loss of firmness, and crepy, thinning appearance.
How To Use
Once or twice daily, massage a thin, even layer of this anti-wrinkle cream onto the entire face, neck, and chest.
1: cleanse & tone
3: Correct with A.G.E. Interrupter
1: Cleanse & Tone
2: Correct with A.G.E. Interrupter
- 4% Blueberry extract: Naturally derived, both an antioxidant and anti-glycation ingredient helps fortify skin’s matrix and prevent the appearance of wrinkles and laxity
- 30% Proxylane™: Designed to help support skin’s own G.A.G. synthesis and restore water and nutrients to skin
- 0.2% Phytosphingosine: A naturally occurring chemical facilitates skin’s natural barrier repair process and helps protect the skin’s barrier by alleviating the discomfort associated with dry, ageing skin
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A.G.E. Eye Complex is a three-dimensional anti-wrinkle eye cream that contains a unique combination of ingredients to reduce the appearance of dark circles, puffiness, and crow’s feet. Visible signs of aging are most evident around the eyes; A.G.E. Eye Complex is designed to improve the appearance of aging caused by intrinsic factors such as glycation. Its exclusive formulation helps improve the effects of glycation around the delicate eye area while hydrating skin.
- Reduces the appearance of crow’s feet and wrinkles
- Improves the look of dark circles and puffiness
- Improves the appearance of skin firmness and elasticity
- Restores comfort to dry, aging skin
- Boosts radiance of tired, dull eyes
Skin around the eye is the thinnest, and the visible signs of intrinsic aging, caused by internal factors such as hormonal shifts and metabolic slow down, can be most evident in this delicate area. Glycation, a major factor of intrinsic aging, occurs when excess sugar molecules bind to collagen and elastin eventually leading to Advanced Glycation End-products (A.G.E.).
A.G.E. Eye Complex is an anti-wrinkle eye cream specifically formulated to help prevent and correct visible signs of glycation around the eyes. An ideal eye cream for dark circles, it is also formulated with optical diffusers that instantly improve radiance of tired, dull eyes.
Significant clinical improvement in the appearance of dark circles, puffiness, and wrinkles and crow’s feet.
In a 12-week study, A.G.E. Eye Complex significantly improved the appearance of key visible signs of aging:
+29% Improvement in puffiness
+27% Improvement in dark circles
+33% improvement in skin firmness and elasticity
Protocol: A 12-week controlled clinical study on 50 subjects, ages 40-65. Subjects applied A.G.E. Eye Complex twice daily.
How To Use
Once or twice daily, apply this anti-wrinkle eye cream under the eyes and around the brow area.
1: Cleanse & tone
3: Correct with A.G.E. Eye Complex and other recommended products
1: cleanse & tone
2: Correct with A.G.E. Eye Complex and other recommended products
Complex of Flavonoids and Synergistic Peptides: The unique combination of ingredients helps diminish the appearance of dark circles and under-eye bags while reinforcing the look of firmness and tone in the eye area
- Blueberry Extract: Naturally derived, both an antioxidant and anti-glycation ingredient helps fortify skin’s matrix and prevent the appearance of wrinkles and laxity
- Proxylane™: Designed to help restore water and nutrients to improve the look of skin’s firmness and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and crow’s feet
- Optical Diffusers: Disperses light to minimize the appearance of dark circles and improve the radiance of tired, dull eyes
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