In the past, these problems were associated with “normal” biological aging. But now, scientists have discovered the truth: getting older doesn’t have to mean looking older.
According to the latest research, a molecular process called glycation was recently found to be one of the biggest causes of visible aging — in fact, our findings suggest it to actually be the main cause.
The effects of glycation damage (as listed above) typically start to appear on a person’s skin around the age of 30-35, at which point they continue to progress at a steadily increasing rate.
Glycation is triggered by sugar molecules, which are present in nearly everything we eat. Over time, these sugar molecules build up inside your body and start latching onto its structural protein molecules (including the essential proteins in your skin, elastin and collagen) — this process is called glycation.
And as a result of this inevitable bonding of protein and sugar molecules, harmful compounds called Advanced Glycation End-Products (commonly referred to as AGEs) begin forming throughout the body’s cellular framework.
The acronym couldn’t be more fitting, because AGEs do just that: they age your appearance.
By weakening the skin’s protein structure, making it more vulnerable to UV rays, and inducing the production of inflammatory enzymes, AGEs allow visible damage to accumulate more rapidly — making your skin look years, if not decades, older than it actually should.
Yes. Since so many items in our daily diet — even healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, and carbohydrates — convert into sugar, the effects of glycation are impossible to avoid, no matter how carefully you monitor your glucose intake.
For this reason, glycation isn’t just a main cause of visible aging, it’s also one of the most difficult to address. It fact, AGE damage cannot be corrected with common skincare formulas, or even plastic surgery.
That’s why we’ve trained our focus on this particular affliction: because a solution to the visible effects of glycation means a solution to visible skin-aging itself.