What You Should Know
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Skin is the largest organ in our body accounting for approximately 15% of our body weight. The skin has many critical jobs including regulating our temperature, keeping dangerous bacteria and germs out of our systems, protecting us from environment and solar damage, and allowing sensory input. The skin takes a beating during all of these functions and can be damaged, dried out, or inflamed without proper care.
As we age, the functionality and biology of our skin changes. The collagen and elastin our body has produced all our lives dwindles. The delicate skin beneath our eyes thins. Our skin is less able to maintain its own stores of moisture. Hormonal changes and sun damage can cause hyper-pigmentation (age spots) on areas of our skin. All of these changes can result in dry, wrinkled, sagging and spotted skin. The good news is that these changes do not have to occur as quickly as they do with proper skin care both before and after the first signs of skin damage occur.
A tidal wave of products has flooded the cosmetics and pharmaceuticals markets in the past decade in order to cater to the demand of our aging population for the “fountain of youth”. Today, there are dozens of theories and methodologies for reversing the signs of aging in skin. The consumer can choose from injections of various substances, topical applications, light therapy, ultrasound, and cosmetic surgery to correct the problems.
The general goal of most of these methods is to replace what has been lost, reboot the body’s ability to generate healthy skin, and to protect the skin from further damage. There are now many effective topical products on the market that are backed up by clinical research and appreciated by consumers who do not like the thought of going under the knife or having needles stuck all over their face.
The Bottom Line
Anti-aging skin care products come in many forms: cleansers, toners, creams, serums and masks. Regardless of the form, there are some ingredients that some of the highest-rated anti-aging products contain. Collagen can be restored directly to the skin to replace that lost through slowed production. Collagen is generally found in skin care creams and serums and quality products ensure that the formulation is easily absorbed deep into the skin.
Hyaluronic acid (or HA) is another substance found naturally in skin that decreases over time. HA can hold up to 1,000 times its own weight in water and is an important component of properly hydrated skin. This is also an important ingredient to look for when choosing a skin care product. Peptides are chains of amino acids found in the human body. Many different peptides perform different functions. Two peptides that have been found effective in reversing the signs of aging are Matrixyl 3000 which stimulates the body’s own production of collagen and Argireline, which smoothes wrinkles by relaxing the underlying facial muscles. Both of these can be found in higher-quality anti-wrinkle products. Protecting the skin is one of the most important considerations as we age, not just from a cosmetic point of view but also from a health standpoint. Choosing the right rejuvenating treatment makes all the difference.