Do Self-Tanners Age Skin?

Self-Tanners and Potential Aging Effects

Self-tanning agents work by producing an artificial “tanning” process from the reaction between the proteins on the surface of skin and the reducing sugars (such as dihydroxyacetone (DHA)) of the self-tanner. DHA has been known for awhile to be a color additive, but it was only until recently that DHA formulations  can act gradually and emulate a natural bronze-y tan without appearing too orange on most skintones. Their sweeping popularity is a testament to them being the obvious “no-brainer” choice for a substitute “tan” when it is now commonly known that real tans achieved by UVB and UVA exposure lead to skin wrinkling, sagging, and discoloration.

But what if self-tanners also age skin? How would that be possible? A keen eye and a Continue reading

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Anti-Glycation Supplements Part III (Glycation: Part II of II)

Pyridoxal-5’-phosphate (Vitamin B6): What is known as ‘Vitamin B6’ has three vitamers (chemically individual related compounds): pyridoxine, pyridoxamine, and pyridoxal. Some sources incorrectly state pyridoxamine to be the strongest anti-glycation agent, but the most effective form of vitamin B6 is the Continue reading

Anti-Glycation Supplements Part II (Glycation Part II of II)

Grape seed Extract: A derivative of whole grape seeds and a naturally high source of phenolic compounds (flavonoids and anthocyanins), red grape seed extract significantly prevents the formation of AGEs at varying concentrations. In the presence of RGSE (red grape seed extract), fructosamine is dramatically reduced, which, as a glycation product, correlates with the decrease Continue reading

Anti-Glycation Supplements Part I (Glycation Part: II of II)

Background:

A transition to a raw or nearly raw diet and a permanent abstinence from all processed foods would be considered a radical diet change for most consumers. Moreover, a greater cost and an increase in food preparation time is likely to be incurred with this change in diet, so full compliance may be unrealistic. It must also be remembered that Continue reading