The Skin Instants® subject to the effects of aging The human body needs the glucose contained in sugar to produce energy. However, it sometimes ingests more than it can use. This surplus then attaches itself to proteins (collagen and elastin) and creates A.G.E (Advanced Glycation End products). This process, also known as the Maillard reaction, can be observed when foods brown during cooking. The heat causes the sugars to attack the proteins in meat, which change color. The collagen and elastin fibers are imprisoned by glucose, and become glycated and rigid proteins. This process diminishes fiber quality and damages the extracellular matrix. Glycation is one of the main factors in skin aging. Visible signs on the skin are a loss of elasticity, tone and firmness, the appearance of wrinkles and yellowing. This reaction can be exacerbated by external phenomena such as heat, UV rays and pollution. At age 20, the glycated collagen rate increases by around 4% a year until it reaches 50% by age 80. The Biologique Recherche solution Biologique Recherche has taken an innovative approach to finding an effective solution for combating the glycation process; A-Glyca Serum is the result. Formulated to keep elastin and collagen fibers intact, the serum is the perfect ally in the fight to prevent and lessen the signs of aging. This innovative serum is based on two key active ingredients: mimosa extract and carcinine. Anti-glycation: Mimosa Albizia julibrissin (also called silk tree) extract protects elastin and collagen fibers at risk of being damaged by glycation and thus prevents the production of A.G.E. It also combats the signs of tiredness, boosts the skin’s elasticity and leaves it radiant. Deglycation: carcinine traps glucose and releases the collagen and elastin undergoing glycation. By preventing these fibers from becoming rigid, it helps to reduce wrinkles and lines. It also has an antioxidant action that provides essential overall protection to combat skin aging. A-Glyca Serum acts to avert and counteract the glycation process, with two months of use producing the benefits of two years of anti-glycation. It smooths out wrinkles and creates a more even skin tone. It results in a firmer dermis and more radiant skin.