If you're like most people, then no one has ever told you about glycation. Affecting the ability of collagen and elastin fibers to function normally, glycation is now well recognised to be a leading cause of accelerated skin aging.
Our genetic predispositions play a big role in determining serum glucose levels. Key variations in this genetic category play a key role in preventing glycation of your skin. It is responsible for controlling serum glucose levels, energy intake, and energy release. Having variations in this gene can alter your body's ability to maintain normal glucose levels and interfere with energy metabolism, both of which lead to glycation.
Glucose is the sugar your body uses as its main source of fuel. If not metabolized properly, glucose can bind to your skin's collagen and elastin fibers, forming abnormal chemical bridges that cause tissue damage. This process, called glycation, causes your skin to become rigid and lose elasticity. Glycation also impairs your skin's ability to regenerate, which leads to skin laxity, cracking, thinning, redness and inability to self-repair.