Antiaging skincare is a life's work. The aging process begins when we enter the world so, technically, we all have aging skin. Beginning in our 20's, the first signs of aging make their appearance, and the anti-aging treatment battle begins!
Genetically programmed chronologic aging causes changes in collagen and elastin, the connective tissues that supply firmness and elasticity to the skin. The genetic program of individuals is different, so the loss of skin firmness and elasticity occurs at different rates and different times in one individual as compared to another.
As skin becomes less elastic, it also becomes more dry and underlying fat padding begins to disappear. With the loss of underlying support by fat padding and connective tissues, and the loss of moisture, the skin begins to sag. It appears less supple and wrinkles form.
Although wrinkles, lines and age spots are natural signs of aging, the most important antiaging treatment isn't a treatment at all. The best way to prevent premature aging is to avoid direct sunlight and use sunscreens with SPF's 15 or higher. And, though most of us have some form sun damage, there are natural ways to regain healthy, smooth skin.
After many years of research, scientists, and dermatologists have discovered that a variety of natural anti-aging ingredients and vitamin extracts significantly help slow down and even reverse the signs of aging skin. Yes, I said "many years of research" - to verify what is natural antiaging skincare!
Vitamin A (Retinol)
Topical Vitamin A has been suggested as a skin treatment to help build collagen fibers within the skin in addition to its more superficial exfoliating property. This is the basis for its use in minimizing the appearance of fine wrinkle lines.
Vitamin C or ascorbic acid acts as an antioxidant in antiaging skincare, and is considered vital in wound healing because it aids in stabilizing collagen.
When applied topically as a skin treatment, vitamin C can reduce fine lines and wrinkles and may lessen the severity of sunburns.
And - make sure you have enough vitamin C in your diet! As an antiaging treatment, this antioxidant helps reduce damage from free radicals when taken on a regular basis. Free radicals damage the collagen and elastin that support the top layer of skin, causing fine lines, wrinkles and even grooves.
To make sure you get enough vitamin C, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends 500-1000 milligrams a day.
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Vitamin E is another antioxidant that has anti-inflammatory effects on the skin. When applied topically, vitamin E improves moisturization, softness, smoothness and provides modest photo protection.
Taken internally, and especially in conjunction with vitamin C, E has power to reduce the free radicals, postponing wrinkling.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)
AHA's, found in fruit acids, are designed to smooth fine lines and surface wrinkles, to improve skin texture and tone, to unblock and cleanse pores, to improve oily skin or acne, and to improve skin condition in general. Fruit acids for antiaging skincare will exfoliate and penetrate to the deep layers of your skin promoting healthy, vibrant new cell growth.
Glycolic acid, found in sugar cane, is the most active and beneficial of the Alpha-Hydroxy-Acids (AHAs) in skin care. Once inside the cells, the acid triggers new formation of collagen to plump cells and substances in the skin to reduce wrinkles on the skin's surface. Glycolic acid is proven to be very effective in the treatment of acne as well as in cosmetic uses.
Green tea's anti-inflammatory and anti-growth qualities are found in many skin care products designed to reduce the appearance of puffiness, wrinkles, fine lines and large pores.
Antiaging Skincare Tips:
- Eat more soy. Get it in edamame, tofu, or a soy based supplement. Soy will improve the texture of your skin's surface within six months when ingested regularly.
- Eat cold-water fish, especially salmon, for an excellent source of Omega-3, which acts to counter act wrinkle-causing excess omega-6, generated by oxidants. This EFA will help keep the skin plump and reduce wrinkles.
- Get your vitamin C, in vitamins and topically. Vitamin C stimulates collagen production, acts as an anti-oxidant, and helps correct brown spots and freckles.
- Eat lots of fruit and vegetables for natural antioxidants.
- Avoid squinting by wearing sunglasses and reading glasses.
- Sleep on your back to avoid tiny lines and wrinkles caused by the way your face falls to the side during your sleep.
- Use your natural AHA exfoliants, which dissolve the dead skin cells leaving a smoother appearance, and also stimulate collagen production.
- Use a natural cleanser that is not detergent-based, one that moisturizes. Stripping the skin with detergents strips away protection.
- Use a natural moisturizer to keep the skin moist and dewy, making fine lines and wrinkles less noticeable.
Reactions to skin care treatment ingredients will differ. If you're not happy with the first formulation you try, try another one. It's important that you use an antiaging skincare regimen that makes you feel 100% comfortable with the look and feel of your skin.
There is no antiaging product on the market, natural or otherwise, that provides overnight results. Whether you are trying to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles, puffiness or age spots, the process is gradual and takes anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks depending on the severity of your problem areas.
Antiaging skin care is an ongoing process, like the process of aging itself. But, it doesn't have to be a battle if you just adjust your lifestyle to include more healthy choices and diligent skin care.
You CAN affect how time treats you, your health and your skin!
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