The science of glycation - How bubble tea is ruining your skin.


We love our guilty pleasures - cakes and desserts, or if you're Asian, bubble tea.

But you might have heard of a buzz word in the skincare world known as glycation.

What is it? And is glycation real?

Here's how it works:

When you eat sweet foods, the sugar molecules attach themselves onto fats and proteins within your body and form Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs).

These AGEs damage your protein fibers by making them stiff and damaged. 

And if you recall in our previous article, collagen is a protein. So is elastin. In fact, these 2 happen to be the proteins that are most susceptible to glycation damage. 

As if that wasn't enough bad news, the glycation process also generates free radicals.

When the level of free radicals overwhelm our body's supply of antioxidants, we end up with oxidative stress - the precursor to skin aging. 

In fact, if you observe the skin of individuals who smoke or are regularly exposed to cigarette smoke, you'll notice that they often have a dull yellow tinge. This is because cigarette smoke generates a lot of free radicals and our bodies have to utilise large amounts of antioxidants to fight them, leaving us little left to fight the free radicals generated from glycation.

Over time, the accumulated damage from glycation and oxidative stress begin to show up as wrinkles, sagginess, and dull skin. This is accelerated by the time we're 30, a time where our collagen supplies dwindle rapidly.  

Thankfully, scientists have discovered many plants that are excellent in anti-glycation. This includes many foods that are high in antioxidants, especially aged garlic. Yup, you got that right!

garlic bulb glycation skinny 3x

But of course, if you don't wish to walk around smelling like a bulb of garlic, we've got a much more elegant solution - an antiglycation supplement called Skinny 3X.

Skinny 3X is made in Japan and contains 2 potent anti-glycation ingredients:

1. French Brown Seaweed

In order to digest and absorb carbohydrates and sugar, your body needs to produce an enzyme called alpha-sialidase. Scientists found that French Brown Seaweed deactivates this enzyme so that your body doesn't absorb all the carbs and sugar you consume. 

2. Black Ginger

On top of inhibiting the glycation process, black ginger stimulates a protein called UCP-1. This is a protein in your body that's responsible for converting fat into energy. i.e. it's your fat burner. By stimulating UCP1, you're making it work harder and effectively burning fat a lot faster. 

So if you're keen to protect your skin from the damage caused by your sugar overdose, check out Skinny 3X over here.



Saraswat et al (2009) 2009) Prevention of non-enzymic glycation of proteins by dietary agents: prospects for alleviating diabetic complications. Jun;101(11):1714-2.


Elosta et. al. (2017) Aged garlic has more potent antiglycation and antioxidant properties compared to fresh garlic extract in vitro. Scientific Reports (7) Article number: 39613