The best anti-glycation skin care will help to improve the appearance of signs of glycation, not just sun damage. Unfortunately, 99% of the skin care products out there right now fight only signs of sun damage. AminoGenesis A.G.E. Control Anti-Glycation Serum takes it a step further and improves signs of glycation, that process that occurs naturally over time and results in sagging, inelastic, paper-like skin.
Glycation makes your skin less resilient and supple as you age, giving you skin that no longer “bounces back.” Glycation also results in skin appearing thinner and possibly sagging more as well, due to the damaged state of collagen proteins in your skin.
Because it fights a new cause of aging, AminoGenesis A.G.E. Control Anti-Glycation Serum is the best anti-glycation skin care product out there to add to any skin care fanatic’s regimen!
What is Glycation?
Glycation happens when a sugar molecule bonds with a protein. The protein then becomes misshapen. Collagen, which makes our skin look smooth and plump, is a protein that’s particularly vulnerable. Cell damage through glycation leads to wrinkles, lines, and discoloration.
And if you don’t consume much sugar, you’re still not off the hook. The majority of simple carbohydrates like white bread, pasta, and other unrefined grains have a high glycemic index score, indicating that they turn to sugar almost immediately after they hit your bloodstream. Even worse, excess of any carbohydrate can turn into sugar in your bloodstream. Not only does regularly overloading your body this way lead to obesity over time, but it also leads to a chronically-elevated blood sugar level. This is linked to nearly every chronic condition in the book, from heart disease to diabetes.
The skin is no different. When you are constantly overloading sugars into your system, this causes the collagen in your skin to age faster.
How Does Excess Sugar Age the Skin?
For those of you who are especially scientifically curious, excess sugar ages the skin in a very specific process:
1. A blood sugar glycates (attaches to) a protein molecule, forming a Schiff base.
2. The Schiff base either falls apart or forms a more stable product called an Amadori product. Examples of Amadori products include the molecule used to measure blood sugar levels, glycated hemoglobin (Hb1ac), in red blood cells.
3. The Amadori product forms an advanced glycation product (AGE), either directly or through the action of oxoaldehydes, such as methylglyoxyal.
4. The advanced glycation endproduct (AGE) undergoes glycoxidation, a process that is accelerated by the presence of free radicals. This is the super-dangerous part: Through glycoxidation, AGEs cross-link into a second, neighboring protein. These cross links have proven to be responsible, at least in part, for the hardening of cardiovascular structures, improper filtering of the kidneys, and, when the AGE is glucosepane, the hardened, stiffened collagen within aged skin. Cross links of the AGE glucosepane alter the structure of the collagen within the skin and accumulate as you age, progressively making collagen harder and more inflexible.
How are Antioxidants and Anti-Glycation Ingredients Different?
Environmental factors like smoke and excessive sun exposure can create oxidation in the skin. Antioxidants fight inflammation caused by free radicals, which are largely created from toxins and excessive sunlight. Using antioxidants and topical moisturizers are a good start to keeping the effects of aging at bay, but they only go so far.
The word that has been on the minds of dermatologists and other skin care experts is glycation, which is what happens on the cellular level to age our skin. The sugar molecules actually bombard cells like fats and proteins. When the proteins become misshapen and secrete exotoxins that disrupt cellular metabolism, the damage manifests as lines, wrinkles, discoloration, and edema.
So, in short, rather than attacking a cell from the outside like free radicals, glycation destroys a cell from within.
Albizia julibrissin: Patent-pending, Improves Signs of Skin Glycation
Albizia julibrissin, also known as Silk Tree or Mimosa of Constantinople, is a tree native to East Asia and South America, but it was spread by the man on almost every continent (US Patent). It has been reported in various reputable journals to reduce the appearance of inflammation on the skin (Biochemistry and Medicinal Letters, Carbohydrate Research, Glycoconjugate Journal).
Albizia julibrissin can improve the appearance of tired skin, in particular by increasing skin radiance and suppleness (US Patent).
Albizia julibrissin is hard to find in skin care products, and the best anti-glycation skin care should contain it! You can, of course, find this ingredient in AminoGenesis A.G.E. Control Anti-Glycation Serum.
AminoGenesis A.G.E. Control Anti-Glycation Serum has a lightweight texture. It is clear and glides across the skin. It absorbs fairly well for a silicone-based serum without any lingering stickiness or tackiness. It does not have a scent.
Most people have a vague idea of what is good and bad for their skin, but since many don’t understand the biology involved, they either do nothing or the wrong things. This is propagated by the media, where you can often find mixed reports on health — everything from eggs to coffee to sunlight are reported as “healthy” one week and “detrimental” the next!
But one thing all skin experts are in agreement about is that glycation is bad for your skin. Most topical products maintain the skin’s existing moisture by acting as a barrier, while other products utilize antioxidants to improve skin’s appearance after sun damage.
But very few products contain anti-glycation ingredients to help improve skin’s appearance. Old lotions, from your favorite lotion to Grandma’s secret facial recipe, only have temporary effects. But new anti-glycation formulas directly address signs of glycation. Since glycation is the skin’s number one aging factor, anti-glycation agents will revolutionize skin care around the world, just like antioxidants did before — especially as anti-glycation is increasingly understood to be effective over time!