"The significance of glycans as “the third biological language” (after the gene languages of DNA and proteins) is widely accepted, fundamental insights and discoveries pave the way for new products and innovative applications."
- 7th Glycan Forum Berlin 2013
Our skin is comprised of a multitude of inter-connected cells bound to each other and framed by protein structures known as collagen and elastin. However, every single skin cell is surrounded by a dense layer of polysaccharide (sugar) strains whose significance – until very recently - was unknown.
With the discovery of Glycans, and through Glycobiology – the study of Glycans - we now know that these strains perform maintenance functions on the skin, facilitating the absorption of nutrients and through the cellular walls and into every layer of the skin.
When we are young and healthy, our bodies contain a dense glycan forest, which supports vital cellular turnover, enhances the skin’s barrier function and accelerates wound healing and cellular repair. However as we age, polysaccharide strains greatly diminish, resulting in water-loss, poor removal of toxins and a weakened nutrient transference through dermal walls. This leads to a dull skin tone and premature ageing.