Sugar is a source of harm to the teeth, and its excessive consumption negatively affects the brain. But did you know that it is also one of the skin’s stubborn enemies? Here are the details.
Our sugar consumption causes a natural but hidden and harmful phenomenon for the whole body. It damages cells and blood vessels, causing premature aging of all tissues, including skin tissues.
This phenomenon is known in the scientific field as “glycation”, which is a chemical reaction that results from the fixation of sugar to the proteins that swim in the fluid that forms about 70% of the body. A blood test determines the spread of this phenomenon.
These saturated sugar proteins make blood vessels’ walls stiff, preventing nutrients from being transferred from the blood to the organs. In the skin tissue, collagen and elastin fibers aggregate together to become tougher, which causes the skin to lose its elasticity and firmness and speed up the appearance of wrinkles.
Skincare experts point to an additional risk caused by excessive sugar consumption. The tissues affected by the phenomenon of “glycation” will produce free radicals that attack the surrounding cells. This prevents skin cells from producing the youth-preserving molecules collagen, elastin, hyaluronic acid, and laminin. As for the skin’s surface layer, cell regeneration is also affected. The tissues lose much of their elasticity and radiance, which exposes them to drought, which accelerates premature lines and wrinkles’ appearance.
To reduce the phenomenon of “glycation” harmful to cells, it is not enough to reduce sugar consumption. Still, you must also avoid excessive grilling of meat, roasting bread, and burning sugar to turn it into caramel in sweets and replace it with cooking by steaming. It is also recommended to eat sweets at the end of meals, which is better than eating them alone in the afternoon because that causes an increase in sugar level in the body.
Experts also advise against excessive fast food and adopt a diet that separates proteins and carbohydrates in one meal. This is also focused on consuming a diet rich in antioxidants such as green tea, pomegranate, red fruit, turmeric, and ginger. It is also recommended to focus on eating nutrients that prevent damage to the skin’s elastic fibers and thus the appearance of wrinkles. These include nutritional supplements rich in collagen, hyaluronic acid, and resveratrol. Among the beneficial nutritional supplements in the face of “glycation,” we mention two: L. Carnosine (between 500 and 1000 milligrams/day) and Alpha Lipoic acid, which is the strongest known antioxidant (between 100 and 200 milligrams/day) and is characterized by its ability to reduce damage to DNA For cells.
|Plants and their benefits|
A recent study, in which scientists from Japan and the United States participated, showed that plants, specifically those rich in flavonoids (grapes, mate, cocoa, resveratrol, and some types of algae …), in addition to some tropical plants that live in harsh climates play an anti-phenomenon. Therefore, glycation extracts are used in the manufacture of skincare products. In this context, experts advise that we consider ingredients such as seaweed persimmons, persimmons, hibiscus, alopecia, bakuchiol, vanilla polyphenols, kombucha, and fermented organic black tea. Among the ingredients rich in antioxidants, omega-6 and omega-9 with a protective action, and fibroblast, we mention red fruit, abstract rose, edelweiss flower, and even dill.