Published: Tue December 11, 2012
Categories: The Myth Minx
Well hello there,
With the festive season in full swing – what many of us (or for skincare professionals, our clients) want for Christmas is youthful, glowing skin.
However, when it comes to fighting the war against wrinkles
, It’s not only the external treatments that will make their Christmas wishes come true. What we must also take into consideration that what you eat not only affects your general health; it will also result in either fighting or attracting wrinkles and ageing of the skin.
Sure, ‘we are what we eat’ might be considered by many a myth depending on your personal views on nutrition & diet but, for our skin, ‘We Are As Old As What We Eat’ is a fact.
The temperature that we cook food, c
an transform a healthy food into something that age’s your skin.
One of the most important factors in the ageing process is Glycation, a prime cause of intrinsic aging or non-environmental skin aging unable to be prevented by UV protection.
For those who aren’t aware of what the process is: Glycation is a chemical reaction
that occurs naturally within the body. This process also occurs in cooking as the browning reaction between sugars and proteins due to cooking at high or prolonged temperatures.
Caramalised onions, sticky toffee pudding, crispy roasted potatoes, well cooked meats and the brown hue of beer all involve this chemical process.
When a sugar molecule binds to a protein, lipid or nucleic acid it creates a mutated molecule that is not recognized by the body and therefore cannot be metabolised normally. Permanently reducing your skin's ability to produce and regenerate the proteins responsible for structure and elasticity. Poor quality collagen and elastin is the result giving the appearance of lines, wrinkles and poor skin resilience.
There is a strong relationship between the levels of AGE’s in our blood and the AGE’s consumed in our diets. Heating foods at high temperatures increases the production of AGEs in food
, and eating heat-treated foods readily transfers AGEs to the body.
Foods that are high in AGEs are those that are grilled, fried, broiled, roasted, pasteurised or sterilised. Any food that is "browned," particularly high-fat, high-protein food, is also likely to be high in AGEs.
Studies have shown that eating a low-AGE diet can reduce levels of inflammation, and chronic disease, in your body. We are what we eat becomes we are as old as what we eat.
What do you think? Do you notice a correlation from the food you eat effecting the youthful appearance of your skin? Have you noticed your diet changing the appearance of your skin? What foods have you found to have a correlation between your skin looking youthful or creating wrinkles?