What is Glycation?
Glycation is a skin condition that is usually seen in mature skins (45 years+).
Fifteen or so years ago most skin care therapists used to diagnose this condition as dehydration because in its first stages it can look like a lot of fine lines similar to dehydrated skin. As it progresses glycation begins to form deeper lines that criss-cross each-other and the space in between puffs out like a little pillow. Without taking action and looking after your glycation your pillows will end up looking like a mattresses, so to speak. It is a condition that one would expect in an elderly skin but more and more is being seen in under 30’s skins, which is unacceptable.
What causes this?
One big contributing factor is SUGAR! and high G.I foods. When you eat too much sugar, over time the sugar attaches to the collagen and elastin in your skin and binds making it brittle and breaks it down as well as destroying proteins in the skin which make it very difficult for the skin to repair itself. When this happens the skin becomes saggy and inflexible accentuating the appearance of ageing. Glycation is also a form of DNA damage. It is responsible for virtually every sign of ageing and really needs a holistic approach when treating it.
The holistic approach, ‘Human Nurture’s approach’.
When things appear on the surface of your skin its often a sign of what’s happening underneath. It’s a basic rule, for example capillary exposure in the epidermis often means there’s a loss of collagen deeper in the dermis which is impairing the structural integrity of the capillary. If a skin is dehydrated and sensitive it means the lower layers are lacking the nutrients they need to produce plump, full, healthy cells on the surface of the skin.
This principle also applies to glycation, something must be happening internally, which means you need to approach correcting it holistically to achieve any real improvement.
Start with food.
Change to a nutrient rich low GI diet, cutting out refined sugars, processed foods, and nasties like pre-mixed alcoholic beverages. Replace starchy carbohydrates with vegetables particularly greens and be very conscious to stay away from simple carbohydrates like the sweets we all love. Just because they taste good, doesn’t mean they are good.
Introduce antioxidants into your diet to help eliminate free radicals. Antioxidants are compounds found in foods that neutralise or ‘mop up’ molecules called free radicals that can harm our cells. The best sources of antioxidants are fruits and vegetables usually the brightly coloured ones are the richest in antioxidants.
Free radical damage:
The process of oxidation in the human body causes free radicals, which damage cell membranes and other structures. Our bodies are exposed to free radicals naturally through the process of metabolism, and while we can cope with some free radicals, an overload is cause for concern. Factors that increase the presence of free radicals in the body include environmental variables such as pollution, pesticides and radiation, as well as lifestyle factors such as smoking, stress, alcohol and poor diet.
Free radicals react with our cell membranes and other structures such as DNA, lipids and proteins by stealing electrons from these molecules and causing damage. When a free radical attacks these essential molecules they in turn change into free radicals themselves causing a chain reaction that can lead to the destruction of a cell.
Antioxidants are able to neutralise free radicals by using their own electrons to attach to the free radicals and neutralise them preventing any further cellular damage. After neutralising a free radical, antioxidants become inactive, which means they need to be constantly re-supplied to our bodies through the right foods.
Your next step to repairing your skin is skincare. To really correct glycation you need to stick to a progressive program over approximately 6 months.
Phase 1: The first 2 months is all about preparing your skin for a more intense treatment. Building up your skin’s strength and integrity is crucial before jumping into more active and aggressive treatment methods. For this phase we recommend cleansing correctly with Gernetic’s Glyco and Fibro and nourishing with Synchro and using Immuno cell regenerating mask once a week.
Phase 2: You only change your regimen by adding Gernetic Mito Special Plus and increase the Immuno mask to twice weekly use. Mito Special+ is a powerhouse serum full of 3 protein chains, tripeptide and amino acids that stimulate the fibroblast cells to produce collagen and is anti free radicals and an antioxidant. As I mentioned, a powerhouse. When you team that up with the Immuno Mask which is based on Kaolin, that is rich in amino acids and trace elements, it purifies and encourages cell desquamation and renewal, rebalancing the skins Ph levels and readying it for the next stage in your skincare.
Phase 3: Once your skin is strong enough and ready, start rolling at home with a .3mm cosmetic derma roller 3-4 times a week. This will increase your epidermal growth factors and start the cell to cell communication you need to get your results as well as improve product absorption by 80%. When you start the dermal rolling, take the Mitospecial+ and Immuno mask down to once a week and introduce Gernetic’s Nuclea Repairing Cream to accelerate cell division and growth, and Gernetic’s Cytobi Super Nourishing Cream to induce regeneration of tissue, to help with inflammation and the healing process.
Phase 4: At this point of your program you should be seeing a major improvement in your skin’s health and appearance and should be ready to now introduce a .5mm medical dermal rolling session once a month as an in-salon treatment on top of the homecare you are already doing. The action of the .5mm roller is different to the .3mm, the longer .5mm needles will cause a micro trauma by creating minute punctures in the skin resulting in a mild inflammation response that imitates collagen induction.
The reason why there is collagen stimulation is that there is no wound response in the tissue i.e. the dermal roller does not injure any tissue so no collagenase is stimulated (collagenase are proteins that attack the protein bonds of collagen hence destroying it). Through rolling there is increased stimulation of the skin cells which releases TGF- (Transforming Growth Factors) into the dermis. TGF beta is a protein that controls cell proliferation and cellular differentiation among other functions in most cells. This cell multiplication results in the formation of new tissue layers of elastin and collagen fibres (neo-collagenosis) as well as the formation of new capillaries for a improved blood supply. The result is that both epidermis and dermis vitality will improve and become thicker. When rolling with a .5 medical needle, your cell turnover and metabolism is much faster and therefore you will need to add Gernetic’s Cells Life to your regimen. The main ingredient in cells life being Hyaluronic Acid, the same element in all our joints to keep them lubricated, Cells Life restores what is missing in your epidermis. Hyaluronic acid coats your cells to lock in the moisture and nutrients you have just put in.
By keeping to this program, you are essentially restoring your skins health. Improving its texture, making it more smooth, even and naturally plump and healthy as opposed to rubbery, hard and inflexible.
So if you start noticing lines that have a criss-crossing effect, give us a call before the condition starts to worsen so we can create an individual program suited specifically to your skin needs.