- Reduce your sugar intake: This includes reducing consumption of processed foods and browned or caramelised foods. A diet which is more focused on whole and raw foods will help slow the glycation process.
- Think of your diet as a rainbow. The more variety in coloured fruit and vegetable you consume the better. Nature is amazing providing different vitamins and minerals according to colour.
- Go back to nature by eating whole foods not processed food. Check your plate How much comes from a bottle, packet or can?
- Take on weight bearing exercises: With as much as 70% of blood glucose being consumed by our skeletal muscle, it is important for everyone to adopt weight bearing exercises to help decrease insulin resistance.
- Drink water: Try to keep up with drinking the recommended 2 litres of water each day to keep skin replenished and hydrated.
- Pamper your skin: This includes using sunscreen every day (yes, even in the dead of winter) and gently exfoliating your skin.
When the above steps are followed, a proper skincare regime with products focusing on reducing the affects of AGEs can also have a significant impact on your skin's health.