We all end up at the place where an anti aging skin program becomes a
very important issue for us.
Regarding this very delicate topic, you see, there are many physical traits of aging skin including age spots . Skin becomes more vulnerable and problematic as it loses its ability to remain healthy and elastic. Hydration, the water content of the stratum corneum, is an important factor in both the appearance and the barrier function of the skin. The primary culprit has been damage caused by too much sun exposure over the years.
However, new research shows a number of other factors such as worrying and a high-pressure lifestyle can damage your dermis. The stress hormone cortisol literally gets under your skin, leading to dryness and other signs of aging—including, yes, those worry lines.
Furthermore, it's a bitter pill to swallow, but experts now believe that a lifetime of overeating sugar can make skin dull and wrinkled.
At blame is a natural process that's known as glycation, in which the sugar in your bloodstream attaches to proteins to form harmful new molecules called advanced glycation end products (or, appropriately, AGEs for short).
The more sugar you eat, the more AGEs you develop. As AGEs accumulate, they damage adjacent proteins in a domino-like fashion. Most vulnerable to damage are collagen and elastin, the protein fibers that keep skin firm and elastic. In fact, collagen is the most prevalent protein in the body. Once damaged, springy and resilient collagen and elastin become dry and brittle, leading to wrinkles and sagging. These aging effects start at about age 35 and increase rapidly after that.
Besides damaging collagen, a high-sugar diet also affects what type of collagen you have--another factor in how resistant skin is to wrinkling. The most abundant collagens in the skin are types I, II, and III, with type III being the most stable and longest lasting. Glycation transforms type III collagen into type I, which is more fragile. When that happens, the skin looks and feels less supple. The final blow: AGEs deactivate your body's natural antioxidant enzymes, leaving you more vulnerable to sun damage--still the main cause of skin aging.
One group that knows all too well sugar's ravaging effects: people with diabetes, who--because they can suffer from years of undetected high blood sugar--often show early signs of skin aging. Depending on how well their disease is controlled, diabetics can have up to 50 times the number of AGEs in their skin as those who don't have diabetes.
The good news about sugar-damaged skin is it's never too late to turn back the clock. One way is to build new collagen with products that contain natural, health building ingredients which will then keep new collagen supple and prevent AGEs from forming.
I get asked by hundreds of women, and yes, men, of varying ages, "What is the best anti aging skin care you recommend?" Of course my answer always includes the advice, "First, consider your total body regimen and go with natural products for topical skin care. Your skin will respond to natural remedies just as your body responds to healthy foods."
Almost all of the commercial and often extremely expensive lotions and creams people buy to soften dry skin are composed of lipids, or harmful substances like mineral oil and petroleum.
The molecules to these ingredients are too large to pass the pores of the skin so they basically sit on top suffocating your very skin.
Fragrance ingredients in cosmetics are also quite harmful to your anti aging quest. A single fragrance may contain 600 or more different synthetic chemicals, many of which have been shown to be allergens, irritants, and sensitizers, and to also possess long-term adverse health effects.
They are a leading cause of allergic sensitization and contact dermatitis among cosmetic users. Reddened skin, wrinkling, acne, stinging eyes and an overall dry face can all be caused by fragrances. Thus, elimination of fragrances goes a long way towards healthy skin care.
Never use anything with formaldehyde-based preservatives which are also leading causes of wrinkled and aged skin. Instead, use formulations with gentle, yet effective, preservatives such as antioxidants (vitamins C and E) and citrus seed extract that will promote better skin health.
Many people mistakenly think their high priced and highly advertised creams will moisturize and beautify their skin.
The fact is that a majority of the creams that are advertised to help prevent wrinkling may actually cause it.
You see, the skin on your face is extremely vulnerable to sun damage, pollutants, and chemicals in the products we use. Your facial skin is thinner, and quicker to show signs of aging. Therefore most people are especially concerned with an anti aging facial skin care.
The many Alpha Hydroxy, Estrogen and Retin-A creams that line the shelves, rely on chemical exfoliation to reverse or counter the aging process. These creams actually peel off the outer layer of skin, thinning out the skin and making the skin appear more shiny.
Many women who use them get a flaky peel and redness that is not flattering and on top of this, makes their skin more sensitive to sunlight.
Bottom line is: constant application of these creams strip off the protective keratin layer that covers the skin, increase fluid loss and actually increase wrinkling which is not what you want for your anti aging program.
So what's the answer? Well, let's face it, wrinkle free skin just doesn't happen! With my total anti aging skin care recommendations and you will soon be enjoying smooth skin, free of loose and sagging tissue.
1) Since the body is composed of approximately 75% water, it only makes good sense to take in plenty of fresh, clean water every day. Try to drink half your body weight in ounces when figuring out just how much is "enough".
2) Include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet - DAILY. This is very important in order to feed your skin from the inside out and to encourage anti aging benefits!
3) Cleanse with warm (not hot) water and use a mild, "non-soap" cleanser that is hypo-allergenic and fragrance free. It is important that it contain natural ingredients filled with nutrients that will begin moisturizing your skin.
Most soaps (even those listed as gentle or doctor recommended) are extremely drying - this is NOT the result you are looking for. Further, always avoid harsh, grainy scrubs as these can irritate your skin.
4) Couple your anti aging care with a cream that is specially formulated for the face and neck. It too, must be fragrance free, all natural and hypo-allergenic.
A quality face cream should be formulated with vitamins and herbal botanicals that provide anti-oxidants for your skin.
Why all the talk about antioxidants? They're crucial. You want to postpone visible signs of aging, of course—the fine wrinkles and "age spots." But more important: You want to avoid skin damage that can result in deep inflammation, weakened cell membranes, and cellular DNA disruption—which can lead to skin cancer.
That's where antioxidants come in. If you get an infection, or are exposed to damaging environmental factors (like too much sun), your body produces "free radicals"—unstable molecules. They have an "unpaired electron," and are driven to search for an electron to replace what they lack.
In the best case, they take the electron they need from foreign proteins or mutated cells. But after the damage is cleaned up, if there are still hungry free radicals roaming around (and UV exposure in particular produces a lot of free radicals), they'll take what they need from healthy cells. This can damage these cells, right down to their DNA chains. That spells trouble for your overall health.
Antioxidants work in probably more ways than we know towards anti aging. They can provide the extra electron that locks up free radicals, stabilizing them, keeping them from damaging your healthy cells.
A number of studies indicate that antioxidants actually rob free radicals of their energy, slowing them down, or even stopping them from forming which in turn, slows down the aging process.
An anti aging cream should also contain the important ingredient, urea to give it the capability to penetrate the deepest layers of the skin to begin hydrating and soothing problem skin.
It should unpack dead cells and hydrate your skin 7 layers deep ! Old dead skin will then flake away, and your skin will become soft, resilient and with time, wrinkles disappear.
The body uses this type of urea in the same way as the urea naturally found in healthy, young skin. Scientists call it a true "humectant" because it is an important component of the body's natural moisturizing factor.
Unmatched for its hydrating properties, urea can increase water content to the skin to a level of 97.8%! This is far more than any other natural substance. You will then have better water retention within your skin cells. This is what gives skin its elasticity and firm, supple and wrinkle-free appearance.
Urea as a humectant, provides skin renewal and benefits that other formulas on the market cannot.
As a final note, consistency is vital in your anti aging skin care program. Make the above changes be a permanent part of your continuing life style and you will absolutely see long lasting results down the road of life.
Below you will find a link to the natural products I recommend that, in my professional opinion, work BEST for anti aging care.
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Letter to Nanette:
I have been using your anti aging recommendations now for 3 months and I absolutely LOVE it! My skin tone has really evened out and my skin is now soft, smooth and supple. I am 55 years old and without make-up I am getting compliments on my skin! Sheila, Bloomingdale, IL
I'm 85 years young and I ordered your face cream and wash for the first time. I love how it makes my skin feel and look! In fact, I was going to lunch with my daughter and she said, "Mom, what are you doing with your face....it looks amazing!" I am so happy with your products and will keep using them always.....many thanks, Mildred Stein, Wisconsin
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