Put down the donut! (just kidding.)
To be clear, we are not talking about weight gain or weight loss. We are talking about the healthy and youthful appearance of your skin. You can do all the right things; use antioxidants, sunscreens, peptides, retinoids and wash your face before bed, but you still aren’t preventing the aging caused by sugar.
How Sugar Ages Your Skin
Excess sugar causes an inflammatory response in our body. This process is clearly shown in the box above. (Are you f***ing kidding me?!?).
The sweet and sour of it is this, too much sugar becomes toxic sugar. Toxic sugar is programmed to attach to our healthy protein molecules, such as collagen and elastin, causing a hardening of the aforementioned protein cells, which results in skin that could be MUCH more youthful in appearance and touch.
Please see the science of it just below…
Sugar → Inflammatory Response → TOXIC Sugar
Toxic sugars have one mission and one mission only, to attach to our healthy protein molecules such as collagen and elastin and cause what scientists call the Maillard Reaction. The maillard reaction is the shrinking and hardening of protein cells. (There’s a cool article on the Maillard Reaction here.)
Shrinking hard cells makes skin thinner, saggier, have less elasticity, more apt to develop wrinkles – basically all the aesthetic signs of aging.
The whole process is called sugar glycation.
What is Sugar Glycation?
Say it with me now: Sugar glycation is the process of toxic sugars attaching to healthy protein molecules causing them to shrivel down and harden up and, because the world is cruel, a couple of these proteins are collagen and elastin.
And the reason we care is that collagen and elastin are the building blocks of youthful skin and without them our skin loses elasticity and plumpness which translates into wrinkles and folds in the skin.
Same as how a person who drinks is considered FUN LOVING but when the lamp shade comes out that person is called a DRUNK.
Fun Loving → Drunk / Sugar → Protein → AGEs
Drunks aren’t fun and neither are AGEs.
Tweaking your diet is all good and well but doesn’t make a huge dent when it comes to skin aging. So, what do you do?
How to Stop Sugar Glycation
Before you say it, diet isn’t the answer. You would have to stop eating to make a real dent in sugar glycation.
See, what most people don’t realize is that sugar isn’t relegated solely to sweets. It also comes from non-sugary foods like cheeses white flour, certain meats, fish cooked on high heat, processed veggies, and the list goes on. 😮
And get this, 100% of the carbohydrates that we eat converts to glucose (sugar) once it enters our bloodstream! (All this excess sugar causes an inflammatory response in our bodies, and this is when shit goes down.)
Luckily, there’s a new ingredient formulated just for sugar aging. Meet Supplamine.
What is Supplamine?
MEG 21 with Supplamine is a topical skin cream and the only scientifically proven way to prevent the skin damage (fine lines, wrinkles, sagging) caused by sugar glycation.
A team of research scientists at Fox Chase Cancer Center (FCCC) in Philadelphia discovered that there’s this pain in the ass enzyme that’s responsible for converting sugar-bound protein to toxic sugar, and it’s called FN3K (we talked about it before).
Then, some of these FCCC scientists formed the Dynamis Skin Science company and discovered that a dual-action compound, comprised of meglumine, an amino sugar and arginine, a natural amino acid, can actually neutralize toxic sugar.
Supplamine = Meglumine (lowers the metabolic production of toxic sugar) + Arginine (neutralizes toxic sugar)
See, meglumine is a bad ass amino sugar that is more attractive to the crippling FN3K enzyme than actual sugar, so when meglumine is around it deters the enzyme from attaching to the sugar making it safe from becoming toxic.
(No glycation without toxic sugar, remember?)
Next, the arginine, a natural amino acid, neutralizes the toxic sugar that’s already made stopping the glycation process and thinning the AGEs herd. This means less cross-linking and no more glycated collagen!
There is only one product on the market that uses Supplamine and that is Meg 21 with Supplamine. I use the Meg 21 Smooth Radiance Advanced Formula on my neck and have been for the last three months or so.
Read about my experience here! I LOVE IT!!
So, we’ve covered yet another way to maintain your fabulous skin. I hope this was helpful!