Information About Aging
The aging process begins when we enter the world and the
effects of aging are evident in our bodies through out our
lives. Beginning in our 20's, the signs of aging start to
become noticeable. 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 drier and underlying fat padding
begins to disappear. With the loss of underlying support by
fat padding and connective tissues, the skin begins to sag;
it appears less supple and wrinkles form. Although wrinkles,
lines and age spots are formed by the natural effects of getting
older, one way to prevent them from appearing early on in
life is to avoid direct sunlight and use sunscreens with SPFs
15 or higher. And, although most of us have some form of sun-damaged
skin, there are ways to regain healthy, smooth skin.
After many years of research, scientists, dermatologists
and plastic surgeons have discovered that a variety of natural
ingredients and vitamin extracts significantly help slow down
and even reverse the signs of aging skin. These ingredients
are now found in many physician developed and physician recommended
anti-aging skin care products, which are specified below.
A (Retinol) - Topical Vitamin A has been suggested 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 A or Retinol is the main ingredient found in TYK Young
Again, M.D. Forte, DDF and SkinScience products.
C - Vitamin C or ascorbic acid acts as an antioxidant
and is considered vital in wound healing because it aids in
stabilizing collagen. When applied topically, vitamin C can
reduce fine lines and wrinkles and may lessen the severity
of sunburns. This healing ingredient is found in SkinCeuticals,
Cellex C and Obagi Cffectives skin care products.
E - Vitamin E is another antioxidant that shows to have
anti-inflammatory effects on the skin. When applied topically,
vitamin E has been shown to improve moisturization, softness
and smoothness and also provides modest photo protection.
Vitamin E is found in Cellex C, Exuviance and MD Forte products.
Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) - AHAs 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. AHAs are the main
ingredients found in MD Forte, TYK Young Again, Super Skin
and SkinScience products.
Acid - Glycolic acid is the most active and beneficial
of the Alpha-Hydroxy-Acids (AHAs) in skin care. Once inside
the cells, the acid triggers new formations of collagen to
plump cells and the ground 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. Glycolic acid is found in products by Gly Derm, MD Forte,
Z. Bigatti and Super Skin.
furfuryladenine (kinetin) - The nature-identical plant
growth factor, furfuryladenine, retards the aging of plant
cells as well as in vitro human skin fibroblasts. This natural,
anti-aging ingredient has been proven to reduce wrinkles and
fine lines and is exclusively found in Kinerase creams and
lotions. This is a proven alternative for people with sensitive
skin or people who are sensitive to products containing Retinol
and Vitamin C. Copper Peptides are the latest scientific breakthrough
in skin rejuvenation. Copper has been found to naturally firm
the skin, enhance elasticity, and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
Copper is the main ingredient in products by Neova and Osmotics.
- Pal-KTTKS is an effective ingredient for reducing fine lines
and wrinkles. It's found to promote a smoother, younger complexion
quickly, without with out expensive and painful chemical peels,
surgery or injections. This patented peptide solution is found
Tea Extract - 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. Green Tea is found in the Dr. Brandt skin care
line, Z. Bigatti and Gly Derm products.
- The biotechnology of the skin's natural healing process
has arrived with the first tissue repairing complex containing
growth factors found in normal, healthy skin. Unlike anything
else currently on the market, TNS is the next level of skin
rejuvenation that delivers dramatic results, for smoother,
softer, younger looking skin. TNS is found in SkinMedica's
TNS Recovery Complex.
Many customers ask which anti-aging product is best and we
always respond by saying that there is no best product. Since
every individuals skin is different, the results of using
anti-aging products will be different as well. We recommend
that you consult with a skin care professional prior to use
of any new skin care product to determine your skin type,
skin condition and possible sensitivities to active ingredients.
Your skin care professional may recommend specific products,
or you can try a few on your own based on your consultation.
If you are not happy with the first product you try, try another
one. It's important that you choose a product and skin care
regimen that makes you feel 100% comfortable with the look
and feel of your skin.
Customers also inquire about when they should expect to see
results from using anti-aging products. Again, we respond
by saying that results will be different for each individual,
generally due to the condition of ones skin prior to use.
However, across the board, we say not to expect a miracle,
as there is no anti-aging product on the market 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. After allowing
the products time to take effect as well as following product
directions, you can be sure to notice significant improvement
in the appearance of your skin.
To see the quickest results, you will have to undergo professional
cosmetics procedures. While procedures such as laser treatments,
injections and dermabrasion produce the fastest, most noticeable
improvements, they are all are somewhat painful or uncomfortable
and very costly. In addition, pre and post treatment plans
are required to achieve maximum results, which consist of
using skin care products, that are also proven to be safe,
effective, painless and less expensive alternatives to professional
Please note that with the use of any new skin care product,
it is highly possible that your skin will react to the ingredients.
You may experience irritation, redness, dryness or a mild
breakout, which should only last for the first 3-5 days of
use. If you experience any of these reactions for a longer
period of time, please discontinue use and consult a skin
care professional. It is also recommended that prior to using
any new skin care product to consult with a skin care professional.
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