EXPERT ADVICE FROM USRX FORMULATOR AND MEDICAL AESTHETICIAN
What causes skin to age?
There are a few different factors that can contribute to skin looking aged. The most common is loss of the skin’s own collagen and elastin. Collagen and elastin is what makes skin look firm. Without it, the skin develops fine lines, wrinkles and even sagging skin. Sun exposure is the number one thing that causes loss of collagen and elastin. However, there are other things that cause the skin to age from a process called oxidative stress such as: smoking, medications, pollution, stress and more. Also, losing significant amounts of weight or losing weight too rapidly can cause the skin to be loose.
What are things that you can do to prevent your skin from prematurely aging?
Wear sunblock daily. All skin tones from the fairest to the darkest need to wear sunblock daily. Your morning moisturizer should have SPF 25 or higher. (check out our Dermshield) If you work outdoors or are in direct sun exposure on a regular basis then you should wear a hat. Living a healthy lifestyle such as not smoking or eating healthy will protect your collagen and elastin and will prevent it from breaking down prematurely. Last but certainly not least, use an effective daily regimen that consists of anti-aging ingredients. By your mid to late 20s, your skin is already in the process of aging.
What ingredients prevent and improve the appearance of aging?
Retinol is the most effective and proven ingredient to correct and prevent signs of aging in the skin. Retinol is derived from Vitamin A. It speeds up the skin’s cellular renewal process, meaning it instigates the skin’s own process of removing the top layer of dead skin and promoting new skin. (Check out our DermRenew Serum or Eventone Night Treatment). During this process the skin not only makes more collagen and elastin promoting firmer skin and the appearance of fine lines, but it also helps the skin to appear more even toned and helps control breakouts. Retinol can causes dryness and sensitivity the first few weeks of use. However, with continued use this goes away and a more youthful appearance develops. Other important ingredients for anti-aging are Vitamin C/Ascorbic Acid which reverse and prevent oxidative stress that breaks down collagen. (check out our Super C Brightening Serum). Also, peptides and hyaluronic acid firm and strengthen the skin cells, as well as promote collagen formation. (check out our Hydrafirm Serum).
What are extra steps you can take to prevent the appearance of aging?
One step is to sleep on your back. Sleeping on your face or your side can cause permanent lines to form on your face and your chest. Also use an eye serum daily. The skin on the eyes is the thinnest skin on the entire body and is usually the first to show signs of aging. I love our Vitaleyez +C Serum because it has Vitamin C, peptides and Hyaluronic Acid to firm, hydrate and brighten. (Check it out here!). Internally there is also a lot you can do to prevent signs of aging. By taking a supplement with Glutathione, you can reverse oxidative stress that leads to premature aging as well as cancer and other chronic diseases. (check out our Even Tone Support Supplements with Glutathione and Vitamin C.)
“Beautiful skin requires commitment not a miracle.”