The Western diet that many of us have become accustomed to – one that disproportionately favors refined grains and sugars, meat, eggs, dairy, artificial sweeteners, and salt over fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, nuts, and legumes – may be keeping our bodies in a state of chronic inflammation.
Consuming an excess of Advanced Glycation End products (AGEs) – for example, fried or processed foods like red meat, fried eggs, butter, cream cheese, margarine, or mayonnaise – has been connected to the progression of age-associated diseases. Glycation of the skin occurs when you have accumulated excess glucose in skin fibers, most likely after consuming a lot of sugar. This excess triggers an internal reaction in which sugar molecules adhere to the collagen and elastin proteins, which normally help keep your skin firm and supple.
In other words, your diet could be inflammaging you – AKA, accelerating signs of aging in your skin as a result of inflammation throughout the body.
While there are plenty of things you can do on the surface to depuff – like a lymphatic massage with our Cryo-Tech Facial Tool – there’s also plenty to do on the inside. Let’s open some recipe books from around the world to uncover their secrets to rolling back the years.