Following on from my previous post on the diet I just wished to share a bit more information in relation to sugar. Yes, we have all observed how it’s harmful to us, but why and (with all this is a beauty blog) how does it affect your skin layer? We all know it tastes spectacular rather. I have a huge sweet tooth and pretty much nothing can come close to giving me that happy, warm, fuzzy feeling apart from a belly brimming with ice cream.
With that said, there’s not just a single one folk who doesn’t know that sugar, especially in excess, is bad for us. It’s terrible for our pearly whites, destroys our disposition, makes us put on weight and alter our overall blood vessels chemistry severely. We have to admit that sugar simply ruins our health.
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However, we (myself very much included) continue to indulge our glucose obsession, regardless of the detrimental consequences. We can all agree, life is to short not to enjoy our favorite dessert too, right? Not only can sugars lead to putting on weight it can also make us look old! In fact, excess sugar in our bodies is currently being revealed among the most damaging elements to your appearance.
As it turns out these lovely little sugar substances are leading a twin life. Once they cross over our tastebuds and give us that amazing sweets hype they change their personalities and embark on a seek-and-destroy mission. In a process called glycation extra sugar inside our blood stream binds to proteins in our physiques.
Once bonding happens, that particular proteins become glycated, which means it loses its shape, hardens, and fails to function while excreting exotoxins that affect surrounding proteins correctly. After the glycation process has run its course, the protein is known as an Advanced Glycation End Product, or simply a.G.E. That’s where the unappealing part will come in.
Most people are aware that the principle protein in individual epidermis is collagen, the proteins of which are extremely resilient with an all natural half-life of around 15 years. Sadly they truly are not immune to the consequences of glycation, becoming misshapen, hardened, brittle, and excreting exotoxins. It is therefore simple enough to see the link between apparent indicators of aging in your skin – wrinkles, fine lines, staining, sagging, uneven pores, and skin tones, stress, loss of elasticity, etc. – to the procedure of glycation. Glycation becomes more visible in your appearance when sugar molecules attack the surface proteins on the fine capillaries of your skin layer.
This process triggers your capillaries to leak, triggering what we recognize as spider veins. The same process can occur in the under-eye area, which we identify as shadowy circles. One of the most demoralizing aspect of glycation is the fact that once a protein has become glycated or is now considered an A.G.E., the damage is permanent. Glycation is an additive effect and probably begins as soon as we’re born, impacting on us throughout our lifetime. As research advances I am certain that soon we are going to have a complete new category of anti-glycation treatments. However, until this is the case I will make an effort to make a concerted effort to lessen my sugar intake.