After this week’s mega post on the bittersweet truth about cake and the cutis, some of you expressed your concern in regards to turning your back on cake and other sweets. I completely understand that, heck! I’ll never let my cake go! We have too much history, and have too deep and meaningful a relationship for it to end now. And so I’ve come up with a little game-plan as to how we can all continue our mad cake-loving behavior, without letting our faces down to much in the process:
1. Apply a Retinol containing night cream. It has been shown that retinol’s increase the production of collagens and elastin in our skin, and so by using it regularly as part of your skin care regiment you’re already putting up a great fight against the aging effects of glycation. My favourites can be found in my post about Retinol-HERE. But I will say (in case you just can’t be botherd to press the link) that Skin Ceuticals Retinol 0.5 Refining Night Cream 30ml/1oz and Skin Medica Tri-Retinol Complex ES 28.3g/1oz are offering 2 of the best formulations on the market, with the highest concentrations (skinmedica) you’ll get over the counter. Both come with free worldwide-shipping from Strawberrynet.
2.Cut Back. You might not like this very much, but if you try to cut down on all sugars, such as those hidden in prepared and processed foods, such as: barley malt, corn syrup, dextrose, fruit juice concentrate, maltose, maple syrup, molasses, and turbinadoas, your much better off, generally speaking! You may also want to watch the amounts of sugar you're getting from fruits, grains- breads and pastas, and then when time for cake comes, you’ll be able to enjoy your piece without too much skin compromise.
3.Take a vitamin B1, and B6 supplement everyday. These vitamins proved to be potent glycation- end- product inhibitors in a number of published studies, says David J. Goldberg, MD, a New York City–based dermatologist and a clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. B1 and B6 are plentiful in food, but taking a multivitamin — most of which deliver at least 1 mg of both Bs — ensures you're getting the daily value of 1.1 mg for B1 and 1.3 mg for B6 (1.5 mg after age 50). B-Complex, Ultra (100mg, 100 medium Capsules) $13.49 from ProHealth.
4. Take a Carnosine supplement. As recommended by celebrity dermatologist, Dr. Brandt. Supplemental carnosine, an amino acid, has been shown to protect against AGE buildup. $24.95, from ProHealth. L-Carnosine by Now Foods (500mg, 50 Vcaps)
5.Wear Sunscreen. Increased numbers of glycation end products in the skin makes it less able to ward off the damaging effects of UV exposure, which is still ager number one, and so a broad-spectrum SPF of at least 30 will most definitely prove to be a friend to our faces down the line. I like Skinceuticals Sheer Physical Uv Defense SPF 50 Broad-spectrum Sunscreen Fluid, 1.7-Ounce $25 from Amazon, but have a look HERE for all my sunscreen favourites.
6. Eat and apply antioxidants regularly. Antioxidants (a post on which is found HERE) have been shown to inhibit the binding of glycation end products to the proteins in our skin, and so maintain and assist their function. Antioxidants also decrease the damaging effects of UV exposure, and increase function of collagen and elastin -producing cells in our skin. I like to add berries, dark greens, teas, red vegetables, nuts and spices to my everyday foods, and try to eat a varied assortment of many vegetables everyday. When it comes to topical application I have mentioned my Caudalie Vinexpert Firming Serum before. The next antioxidant product on my to –buy-list is this one: ARCONA Booster Defense Serum, Repair/Protect AM 1.17 oz (35 ml) $68 from Amazon. Which is packed full of all major skin saving antioxidants including vitamin C,E, and resevatrol.
7. Use new ingredients that protect skin from sugar. A growing number of products contain compounds like aminoguanidine (carnosine) and alistin, which have been shown to block the formation of AGEs.
You might want to try: MyChelle Dermaceuticals Perfect C Serum (Which contains loads of nice antioxidants as well as 17% vitamin C! Will have to give this one a try as well.) £34.99 from Amazon.
I hope you feel better ROKers! Now that you know the cake can stay.