Recent MNT bulletin explains how scientists in Berlin have shown that a certain area of the cell (endoplasmic reticulum) loses its oxidative power with advancing age. This leads to a decline in the capacity to form the disulphide bridges that are so important for correct protein folding, resulting in oxidative protein damage such as those caused by the release of free radicals. Researchers continue to explore cures for aging disorders, both mental and physical.
Here it would be useful to consider the aging impact on physical appearance, including facial features.The visible effects of aging begin to show on the skin; especially the facial skin begins to show signs of emerging lines and wrinkles, and in many cases spots or blemishes. The skin tends to lose its elasticity and natural shine. In this context, good skin care products are essential to restore beauty and health of skin, and to delay aging signs on facial skin.
The most visible signs of aging skin are emerging wrinkles and sagging skin. Changes in skin (consisting of epidermis, dermis, sweat glands, hair follicles, blood vessels and fat), are also related to environmental factors (like sun exposure), genetic makeup, nutritional food, lifestyle, including regular physical work-outs,
With aging, the outer skin (epidermis) thins, but the number of pigment-containing cells (melanocytes) decreases, while the remaining melanocytes increase in size. Aging skin thus appears thinner, pale, and clear (translucent), and begins to show pigmented spots, liver spots especially in sun-exposed areas.
Changes in the connective tissue reduce the skin's strength and elasticity, leading to leathery, weather-beaten appearance more among those spending time outdoors. The blood vessels of the dermis become more fragile. Sebaceous glands produce less oil as you age. Men experience a minimal decrease, usually after the age of 80. Women gradually produce less oil beginning after menopause. This can make it harder to keep the skin moist, resulting in dryness and itchiness, and growth of skin tags, warts and other blemishes appear more commonly among older people.
Aging skin repairs itself more slowly than younger skin. Wound healing may be up to 4 times slower. This contributes to pressure ulcers and infections. Avoidable sun exposure damages skin, and skin elasticity.
The appearance of the face and neck typically changes with age. Loss of muscle tone and thinning skin gives the face a flabby or drooping appearance. In some people, sagging jowls may create the look of a “double chin.”
Our skin also dries out and loses the underlying layer of fat so that our face no longer has a plump smooth surface. To some extent, wrinkles cannot be avoided. However, sun exposure, cigarette smoking and lack of physical work out, are likely to make them develop more quickly. The number and size of blotches and dark spots on the face increase as well. These pigment changes are largely due to sun exposure.
USEFUL TIPS TO MAINTAIN YOUNGER HEALTHIER SKIN:
- Avoid exposure to sun by : (a) using good quality sunscreen when outdoors, even in winter, and (b) protective clothing, hat, as necessary.
- Good nutritional food and drinks, with adequate fluids are essential.
- Keep skin moist with lotions and other moisturizers. Do not use soaps that are heavily perfumed and contain sulfate. Moist skin is more comfortable and will heal any skin damage more quickly.
- Regular physical work-out is essential to maintain healthy blood circulation to all parts of body.
- Anti-aging topical formulations: When looking for a topical skin tightening treatment, it’s important to understand the difference between topical agents that reduce the appearance of wrinkles and those that actually tighten the skin and reduce sag. A quality anti-aging treatment will include skin firming ingredients such as DMAE which has been proven to tighten and firm the skin by toning the muscles underneath and giving a leaner facial appearance. Another important ingredient to look for in anti-aging treatments is Ubiquinone. Ubiquinone is a super antioxidant that boosts our body’s ability to produce collagen, elastin and other important skin molecules, helping our skin look young and healthy.
- Please note that aggressively marketed products containing “artificial collagen” only provide a temporary result and don’t produce long term effects. Everyone knows our skin needs collagen to look younger and tighter. Products which contain DMAE and Ubiquinone, work by helping your body produce the components (elastin and collagen) that once made your skin young and wrinkle free.
- After extensive tests, the R&D team at Herbally Radiant launched two lines of unique anti-aging formulations: Radiant (dry and normal skin) and Rejuvenating (Oily and normal skin). Unlike the chemical ingredients, the Radiant and Rejuvenating formulations are aloe based and contain DMAE along with Vitamin B, C and E, in combination with fortified Essential Oils and herbs. The result is amazing revitalization and rejuvenation of skin.
- Most of the ‘magic’ products being marketed might create short term appearance as these are pharma-based with synthetic additives and chemicals. It is the herbal organic formulations that exclusively aim at creating healthier, brighter and younger skin for longer lasting effect.