Glycation happens when sugar molecules bind to proteins and lipids in the skin causing premature aging. Glycation interferes with the healthy formation of collagen and elastin causing a rough callous-like texture on the skin.
Glycation also depletes the skin of its natural moisture. Hyaluronic Acid is made by our bodies naturally but is depleted with age. A diet high in sugar speeds the process of Hyaluronic Acid loss also resulting in older looking skin.
Basically, Glycation accelerates the body's aging process by greatly limiting the skin's ability to produce and regenerate quality collagen. Smoking and exposure to the sun along with a diet high in sugar come together as the perfect storm.
Externally, we can support our skin with anti-glycation serums. Vitamin C based serums, like Visual Changes Collagen C Young Again, when applied directly to the skin, will help fight collagen degeneration and oxidative stress from free radicals. Another, non-C serum, that I get great results with is the Rhonda Allison Age Less Serum. This serum is ideal for those with sensitive skin types.
Internally, there are some key supplements that help with oxidation and glycation and there are certain food types that we need to avoid. The supplements NAC (N- Acetyl Cystiene) and Liposomal Glutathione have been found to reverse and inhibit effects of glycation.
Diet has the biggest effect on glycation. Eat fresh, less processed foods. A diet high in all vegetables and low sugar fruits will lead to glowing and happy skin for years to come. Stick to low glycemic foods, your skin will thank you, as will the rest of your body.