NEW YORK, Nov. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Everybody knows that the sun causes photo aging, or skin damage. But most people are shocked to learn that sugar can age your skin… maybe even faster than the sun. That's why health-care experts who recently attended the American College of Lifestyle Medicine's "Treat the Cause" conference flocked to an exhibit presented by SanMedica International™ highlighting their new skin-care system, which is being called "the most significant breakthrough in skin care since the discovery of retinol." Sugar causes wrinkles through a process called glycation, and — unfortunately — you can't avoid "sugar damage" to your skin by simply reducing your daily sugar intake. What is glycation exactly? ELLE magazine explained it in a recent article called (what else?) "Sugar and Aging: How to Fight Glycation," like this: "When you have sugar molecules in your system, they bombard the body's cells like a meteor shower — glomming onto fats and proteins in a process known as glycation. This forms Advanced Glycation End products (commonly shortened, appropriately, to AGEs), which cause protein fibers to become stiff and malformed… The proteins in skin most prone to glycation are the same ones that make a youthful complexion so plump and springy — collagen and elastin. When those proteins hook up with renegade sugars, they become discolored, weak, and less supple; this shows up on the skin's surface as wrinkles, sagginess, and a loss of radiance." SanMedica's revolutionary new anti-glycation system is called GlyTerra™-gL, and it was formulated using a groundbreaking new, topically applied compound that created a huge commotion at the 9th World Congress of Cosmetic Dermatology held in Athens, Greece. That's where research showing this compound significantly reduced the amount of AGE content in actual human skin was presented to more than 1,000 of the world's foremost experts in the field of dermatology. As you would expect, it stole the show. The compound is named Theraglycan™-3, and the research behind it represents the first time a topically applied anti-glycation, "anti-aging" compound has been tested to reduce actual AGE content in human skin and make it appear measurably younger… 8-10 years younger, to be exact. "But GlyTerra-gL is more than just an anti-glycation cream," says Dr. Amy Heaton, PhD, Director of Scientific Affairs for SanMedica International™, GlyTerra's distributor. "While everyone is really excited about GlyTerra's effect on 'sugar damage,' let's not forget that GlyTerra also reduces the appearance of existing fine lines, deep wrinkles and crow's feet… visibly improves the appearance of age spots and loose, droopy, flaccid skin… and — most importantly — makes everyone's complexion look healthier, more radiant, and significantly younger. Not even retinol can do all that!" It's easy to see why the experts attending Lifestyle Medicine 2013 were eager to learn more about GlyTerra… and why they couldn't wait to take information about this solution to the other cause of wrinkles back to their patients. GlyTerra is a two-part system consisting of a powerfully effective 2% "Day" Cream and a highly concentrated 4% "Night" Cream that costs about $135 (approximately 45-day supply). It's currently available at all Ulta stores or direct from the manufacturer by calling 1-800-365-6909 or visiting www.GlyTerra.com. Use the promo code THERA5 at checkout and shipping is free. * *Free standard shipping in the continental U.S. only.