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Bonus March Blog Post - Menopause Skin Care: Glycation


March is Women's History Month. Menopause is coming or already present for many women based on inevitable hormonal changes of the body. These hormonal changes lead to shifts in how the body functions and numerous skin conditions. I keep hearing, "Why isn't anyone talking about this?" Well, let's talk about it...



What's happening during Menopause?


Glycation is one of the numerous metabolic processes that occur in the body where sugar molecules (specifically glucose) bind to proteins, lipids, or nucleic acids without the controlling action of an enzyme. Enzymes break things down to separate what we need: minerals, vitamins, proteins, etc from what we don't need such as waste and toxins.


This reaction forms molecules known as advanced glycation end products (AGEs). The process of glycation happens spontaneously, but it can be accelerated by factors such as high blood sugar levels and oxidative stress.


The glycation process can have several negative effects:


Collagen and Elastin Damage: Collagen and elastin are proteins responsible for maintaining the skin's firmness and elasticity. When these proteins undergo glycation, they become less flexible and more prone to damage. This process can contribute to the development of wrinkles and sagging skin.


Loss of Skin Elasticity: Glycation can lead to the cross-linking of collagen fibers, reducing their ability to stretch and snap back into place. This results in a loss of skin elasticity, making the skin more susceptible to sagging.


Formation of AGEs: Advanced glycation end products (AGEs) accumulate in the skin over time. These molecules can contribute to inflammation and oxidative stress, both of which are associated with the aging process.


Hyperpigmentation: Glycation may also contribute to the formation of age spots and uneven skin tone. The process can affect melanin, the pigment responsible for skin color, leading to increased pigmentation in certain areas.


Impaired Wound Healing: Glycation can interfere with the normal repair and regeneration processes of the skin, leading to impaired wound healing.


Factors Contributing to Glycation:


Diet: Consuming excessive amounts of sugar can contribute to higher blood glucose levels, increasing the likelihood of glycation.

  

Aging: The natural aging process is associated with a gradual increase in glycation.


Sun Exposure: UV radiation from the sun can enhance the glycation process.


Smoking: Smoking is known to accelerate skin aging, partly due to increased glycation.


Preventing or Minimizing Glycation:


Balanced Diet: Maintain a balanced diet that is not excessively high in refined sugars.


Antioxidants: Antioxidants can help combat oxidative stress associated with glycation. Include foods rich in antioxidants or use skincare products containing antioxidants.


Topical Products: Some skincare products contain ingredients that may help minimize the effects of glycation. These may include antioxidants and ingredients that support collagen production.





I am here to support you!


Much like Menopause, Glycation is a natural process. Adopting a healthy lifestyle, diet recommendations and a personalized skincare routine can help minimize its impact on the skin


Are you dealing with skin concerns related to Menopause? Please select an answer from the poll below. I am looking to support clients with managing Menopausal skin concerns. The answers will provide much needed data to support my current base of knowledge. Schedule a Virtual Skin Care Consultation or The Consultation Facial below to learn more about your skin type, skin condition and skin care products to achieve healthy skin!




Are you dealing with skin concerns related to Menopause?

  • I have clear, healthy skin!

  • I have hormonal breakouts

  • I have unwanted facial hair growth

  • I'm not sure and want to improve my skin condition




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