|Halt Aging In Its Tracks!
Aging is inevitable, yes; but, you can sure slow it down with good effect. Here’s how —
The process of aging begins the moment we are born. The signs become noticeable when we are in our 20s, because the process of aging is genetically programmed and chronologic.
This causes changes in the connective tissues [collagen and elastin] that supply firmness and elasticity to the skin.
Aging is genetic for sure — but, the programme differs from individual to individual. This explains why the loss of skin firmness and elasticity occur at different rates and different times from one person to the other.
However this may be, once the skin begins to lose its elasticity, it appears to become increasingly dry. You begin to age! Subsequently, the fat padding underlying the skin also begins to decline.
Needless to say, an aging skin appears less supple — especially when wrinkles form along with lines and age spots, thanks to the natural effects of getting older.
One good way of preventing wrinkles from appearing early on in life is by way of avoidance of long-term exposure to direct sunlight. One good option is the use of sunscreens with SPF [Sun Protection Factor] 15, or higher.
It is also obvious that all of us tend to have some form of “sun-dented” skin. Fortunately, there are ways to regain healthy, smooth skin, thanks to the availability and proven value of a host of natural ingredients and extracts.
Anti-Aging Skin Remedies
A variety of natural ingredients and vitamin extracts significantly aid us to slow down and even turn round the signs of an aging skin.
- Vitamin A [Retinol]. Vitamin A, in its topical form, is suggested to help build collagen fibres within the skin. The nutrient, thanks to its superficial “exfoliating” property, is also evidenced to minimise the appearance of fine wrinkle lines.
- Vitamin C. Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, a great anti-oxidant, is considered vital in wound healing. It also aids in stabilising collagen. When applied topically, the nutrient can reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Research also suggests that it may reduce the severity of sunburns.
- Vitamin E. Vitamin E is another major anti-oxidant. It also has anti-inflammatory effects on the skin. In its topical form, the nutrient has been shown to improve moisturisation, softness, suppleness, and smoothness of the skin, besides providing adequate protection from sun-exposure effects.
There are others too. A prominent skin care product is Alpha Hydroxy Acid [AHA] designed to smooth fine lines and surface wrinkles. It improves skin texture and tone. It also unblocks and cleanses pores. In other words, AHA helps improve oily skin or acne, and general skin conditions. Glycolic acid is another. The acid is suggested to prompt new formation of collagen. This, in effect, is said to “pump-up” cells and ground substances in the skin. It is also said to help reduce wrinkles on the skin’s surface.
A popular acne remedy, the acid is available as a specialist skin care product.
Also in the list of products useful for anti-aging is N-6 furfuryladenine, which is a nature-identical plant growth factor. N-6 furfuryladenine has been suggested to stop the aging process. It has proven value for people who are sensitive to products containing retinol and vitamin C.
Copper Peptide is another. Copper has been found to naturally firm up the skin, enhance elasticity, and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
Besides this, there are patented peptide cosmetic solutions available in the market, which are not as expensive or painful as some chemical peels, including surgery or injections.
Tissue Nutrient Solution [TNS] is another popular cosmetic product that is said to rejuvenate the skin. Its use has been found to lead to dramatic results — smoother, softer, and youthful skin.
Last, but not the least, is green tea — the wonder brew — with its celebrated anti-inflammatory and anti-growth qualities. Green tea is a leading component of several skin care products — especially designed to reduce the appearance of aging, puffiness, wrinkles, fine lines and large pores.
Another great, and hugely popular skin care, anti-aging remedy is aloe vera.
What Is Best?
Each one of us has a different type of skin — which is quite individualistic. Reason enough why the results of using anti-aging products will be different. It would, therefore, make sense for you to consult a skin care professional prior to using any new, or established, skin care product. A professional will be in a good position to determine your skin type, condition and possible sensitivities to active ingredients — pharmaceutical, home, or herbal preparations.
More importantly, professional advice will sure make you feel comfortable with the look, texture and feel of your skin following treatment.
When Do You See Results?
Results often vary in spite of a plethora of testimonials, or advertised popularity of each product. It would be grossly out of tune to expect overnight results — there is no product that can achieve such an objective.
Irrespective of whether you are trying to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, dark circles under the eye, puffiness or age spots, you should remember that results emerge slowly, and over a period of time, depending upon the intensity or the nature of the problem you have.
One more thing — only a professional skin care practitioner would be able to give you good, dependable results.
Besides cosmetic applications, there are other options available — e.g., laser treatment, injections and dermabrasion. Dermabrasion is an operative procedure used to wipe out acne scars or pits. It is performed with sandpaper, rotating wire brushes, or other abrasive materials. The intervention often produces quick, noticeable results. The only hitch is it is a wee bit painful or uncomfortable and quite heavy on your purse strings.
You need to, therefore, think of the avenue of treatment that suits your needs best. This again is an area where a skin care professional would be best able to offer advice.
There is no skin care, or any other product, that is without side-effects. This is more pronounced in people who have an allergy, or irritation, redness, dryness, or a mild breakout of rash, following application.
In the event such unpleasant effects last longer and lead to much discomfort, it would make sense to stop their use and/or consult a skin care professional.
It is also desirable for one to get professional opinion before using any cosmetic, or even an herbal, preparation.