The OTHER Cause of Wrinkles (and a Solution) Highlighted at 9th World Congress of Dermatology in Athens, Greece
Every year, the International Academy of Cosmetic Dermatology’s World Congress plays host to some of the top skin experts in the world, with research presentations and exhibits highlighting some of the most cutting-edge dermatology research in the industry. And this year, a breakthrough new product that addresses the OTHER cause of wrinkles stole the show. But unless you’re a high-profile dermatology expert, you won’t be able to get your hands on it just yet. And judging by the rave reviews it’s receiving, it may be difficult to come by even after its public launch in September, so you might want to get yourself on the waiting list for it right now.
What’s all the fuss about? It revolves around a formulation that finally addresses the kinds of wrinkles that don’t come from sun damage. So just what is this OTHER cause of wrinkles? Sugar. That’s right … Sugar causes wrinkles. And not just the kind of sugar you get from candy bars and soda. We’re talking about a glass of wine, a bowl of pasta, a slice of bread… even excess protein, fruit, and veggies eventually turn into sugar (glucose) in the body. Many people think they can avoid ‘sugar damage’ to the skin by simply reducing their daily sugar intake, but they need to think again! So how are we supposed to keep our skin from looking old and wrinkled? Give up eating? Impossible.
Most people think the main reason we get wrinkles is because of too much sun. That’s why we stay out of it when we can... wear sunblock when we go outside and never, ever go within fifteen feet of a tanning bed. So why are we still getting wrinkles?
That’s why all this new information about sugar—the other cause of wrinkles—is so attention-getting. Research reveals that sugar ages your skin through a process called glycation.
The science behind glycation is a little complex, but Elle magazine explained it in a recent article appropriately titled “Sugar and Aging: How to Fight Glycation” as follows: “When you have sugar molecules in your system, they bombard the body’s cells like a meteor shower — glomming onto fats and proteins in a process known as glycation. This forms advanced glycation end products (commonly shortened, appropriately, to AGEs), which cause protein fibers to become stiff and malformed… The proteins in skin most prone to glycation are the same ones that make a youthful complexion so plump and springy — collagen and elastin. When those proteins hook up with renegade sugars, they become discolored, weak, and less supple; this shows up on the skin’s surface as wrinkles, sagginess, and a loss of radiance.”
If that wasn’t bad enough, grilling, frying, toasting and roasting foods all produce high levels of advanced glycation end products (AGEs). So things like crusted breads, grilled chicken, and coffee (the beans are roasted!) are problematic. Even granola—a health-nut staple—is an AGE double whammy, since it has lots of sugar and it’s toasted. “When you’re younger,” explains SanMedica International’s Amy Heaton, PhD, “your body is producing more collagen and can ward off much of the damage. However, by the time you reach your mid-30s a buildup of sun damage, environmental oxidative stress, hormonal changes, and the accumulation of AGEs begins to take its toll at the same time your ability to repair the damage declines, making your skin look, well, old.”
While glycation can’t be completely stopped (after all, we can’t stop eating), there are a number of pharmaceutical and cosmetic companies that have been working on “glycation busters” that have the ability to break the glycation-related cross-linking that’s already formed. One such “glycation buster” is a revolutionary new topically applied compound called Theraglycan™-3, from SanMedica International.
Some are calling Theraglycan-3 the most significant breakthrough in skin care since the discovery of retinol. And for good reason. Theraglycan-3 has been clinically proven to significantly reduce the measurable amount of AGE content in actual human skin. And this reduction isn’t just based on a simple subjective assessment. AGEs emit a fluorescence that can be measured using a highly specialized AGE Reader (so the older we get, the more AGEs we accumulate and the more our skin appears to “glow” on the reader), and this reduction was actually proven based on fluorescence readings punched into a complex equation. The results of the study documented an eight to 10 year differential based on actual AGEs remaining on the skin’s surface.
Three separate clinical trials were conducted to establish the efficacy of Theraglycan-3. In the studies, women used a Theraglycan-3 cream twice a day (a 2% concentration “day” cream in the morning and a 4% concentration “night” cream before bed). They applied the Theraglycan-3 cream to half their skin and a placebo cream to the other half for two months. The results were undeniable. The autofluorescence technology proved Theraglycan-3 significantly reduced AGEs in the skin equal to an eight to 10 year age differential compared to the placebo side. But what’s more, because of the way AGEs occur, Theraglycan-3 can actually reduce their occurrence by blocking surface glycotoxin formation, helping to shield the skin from future glyco-damage as well.
Why is this important? This is the first time an anti-glycation compound has been tested to reduce actual AGE content in human skin and make it appear measurably younger. So where can you find Theraglycan-3? This new “glycation busting” formula is in the top-secret product SanMedica revealed at its Scientific Summit this past weekend, and will be sold under the trade name GlyTerra™-gL.
GlyTerra-gL and its unique Theraglycan-3 compound have been proven to decrease the age-related effects of “sugar damage;” reduce the look of fine lines, deep wrinkles and crow’s feet; improve the appearance of age spots, loose, droopy, flaccid skin; and—most importantly—make your skin look healthy, radiant, and significantly younger.
And while the big-name beauty editors and TV producers who attended SanMedica’s Scientific Summit are really excited about GlyTerra’s effect on “sugar damage,” it has also been scientifically formulated to reduce the appearance of existing fine lines, deep wrinkles, and crow’s feet while it lifts, tightens and firms saggy skin. It will even reduce the appearance of age spots ... not even retinol can do all that.
For more information about the 9th World Congress of Cosmetic Dermatology, go to www.wcocd2013.com. To preorder GlyTerra, visit www.GlyTerra.com. Use the promo code GREECE13 at checkout and shipping will be free!*