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Inflammation / Oxidative Stress / Glycation

Inflammation

Inflammation is caused by toxic sugars. When toxic sugars are present, the immune system is activated. The result: heat, swelling, redness, and possible loss of function. Chronic inflammation can lead to tissue damage, such as wrinkles, dryness, crepiness and hyperpigmentation.

Oxidative Stress

Oxidative Stress is caused by stressors, such as environmental factors—for example, sun damage, pollution, smoking, and chemicals--and by metabolic stress, which is caused by carbohydrates and sugars that result in toxic sugars. These stressors produce toxic substances, or Oxidants—commonly known as Free Radicals—which cause skin damage. Anti-oxidants reduce the levels of toxic Oxidants.

Glycation

Glycation is a biological process that occurs when a sugar molecule attaches itself either to the amino acids in a protein molecule or to an unattached amino acid, such as lysine or arginine, both of which make up collagen and elastin. This new, combined molecule is called an advanced glycation end product (A.G.E.) and is deadly to your skin. Too many A.G.E.s, and your skin becomes inelastic, tough, wrinkled, and less likely to bounce back after being stretched. A.G.E.s also repel moisture, leading to dry, cracked skin.