Glycation is this year’s buzzword according to an article by Nicole Altavilla in American Spa Magazine.
Glycation is the process in which a sugar molecule (fructose or glucose) bonds to a protein or lipid molecule. This bond forms a HARMFUL new molecule called Advanced Glycation End Products or AGEs.
As AGEs accumulate they cause permanent damage to other surrounding proteins. The more sugar we ingest, the more AGEs develop. AGEs don’t just cause damage to the protein in your blood stream though, they also cause damage and inflammation of collagen and elastin in your skin.
Elliot Milstein, president and CEO of Biopelle, was quoted in the article stating, “Some new skincare products actually now include sugar in the list of ingredients. Nothing could be worse for the skin.”
That is why many skincare brands are jumping on the anti-sugar bandwagon and focusing on ingredients that help to reverse the damage caused by Glycation and AGEs. According to the American Spa Magazine article, some of these reversing ingredients include kombucha black tea ferment, omega-6 essential fatty acids, peptides, and tumeric.
Anti-glycation services are still hard to find on treatment menus as it is a growing area of research. SkinCatering’s esthetics expert, Kimberly, offers an all-natural White Willow Bark Facial treatment which is excellent in combating and reversing the effects of AGEs. You can find more information on this specific service here.