Glycation: saccharification of skin tissue fibers

Glycation refers to the process of saccharification of tissue fibers in the skin. In this process, specific types of sugar such as fructose or glucose react chemically with proteins or lipids. This leads to damaging effects on the connective tissue, as the collagen fibers stick together. After the age of 30, glycation is one of the main causes of intrinsic skin ageing. With persistently elevated blood glucose levels, this chemical reaction takes place with the body's own proteins. As a result of the fibers sticking together, the skin is hardly able to retain moisture and regenerate itself optimally. As a result, the skin becomes more susceptible to wrinkles and cracks. In addition, it loses tone and elasticity, and skin inflammation occurs more frequently, which can damage the cells. Glycation can be prevented on the one hand by a healthy and balanced diet and on the other hand with the help of the right skin care.