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Anti-Aging Cosmetics..

Posted by andriantoangkadirjo85 on May 6, 2011

Hello everybody,

We are all obsessed with aging, wrinkles and sagging..and of course, with how to undo all of it. For centuries, countless cultures have honored and revered their elders ( wrinkles and all ) but, these days, we worship and kowtow to youth. In 2010, american people doled out a mind-boggling           $10.7 billion for cosmetic procedures. And, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 2,437,165 people in america got Botox injected into their wrinkles while another 1.3 million had fillers injected into theirs. Then, there’s the $115.5 billion, people in america spend annually on anti-aging skin care products..those topical creams and potions and lotions, with price tag exceeding $300, that we hope will undo the toll time has taken on our faces and bodies. Not to mention the vast array of anti-aging supplements ( resveratrol, collagen booster, oral hyaluronic acid, etc ) that now pepper the shelves of both vitamin shops and beauty aisles alike.

Above are examples ( 6 out of 16 ) some best of the best products which do what people claim .. visibly reduce the signs of aging without a needle or invasive plastic surgery.

There are two ways in which skin aging occurs, intrinsic or chronological aging and extrinsic aging related to factors like sun exposure and smoking. Here’s just the skin drawing :

Intrinsic aging is a gradual degradation that takes place over time on all body sites. In aged skin the synthesis of collagen, which provides structure to the dermis, is diminished and increased levels of matrix metalloproteinase contribute to degradation of existing collagen. Elastin fibers become disorganized and less effective. Other changes include increased dryness, flattened papillary dermis, and decreased stratum corneum turnover. Gravity and facial expressions, although some might consider extrinsic, can’t be fully avoided and I tend to think of them as part of the intrinsic aging process.

Extrinsic aging is brought on by external factors and accelerates intrinsic aging. We can exert some level of control over extrinsic factors. Sun exposure and smoking are two factors we currently know the most about. While some exposure to the sun is healthy, due to synthesis of Vitamin D and its mood boosting ability, tanning and erythema (redness) are indications of damage. Although UVB is the culprit in sunburns, it is the UVA portion of the spectrum that causes deeper damage. Production of collagen degrading MMPs are stimulated, abnormal elastin deposits accumulate in a condition known as solar elastosis, and vascular factors which encourage telangiectasia, or spider veins, are produced. Additionally, irregularities in melanin production result in uneven skin tone and age spots. Repeated long-term exposures can cause more serious skin damage manifesting in conditions like actinic keratoses or skin cancers.  Nicotine in cigarettes constricts blood vessels limiting availability of oxygen and nutrients to the skin. The number and depth of wrinkles are increased while repeated facial movements also cause a higher degree of wrinkling around the mouth and eyes..

Therefore, primary prevention starts with sun protection and avoidance of cigarette smoking. Secondary prevention includes the use of sun protecting agents, dermocosmetic substances, and anti-aging compounds. Finally, tertiary anti-aging measures include minimally invasive cosmetic procedures such as chemical peels, microderm-abrasion, soft tissue fillers, non-ablative laser rejuvenation, radio-frequency techniques and botulinum toxin.

Modern anti-aging preparations are based on recent finding that in aging the balance between collagen synthesis and collagen fragmentation is altered. Oxidative stress ( exposure to UV light, environmental pollutants, irritants & smoke ) and decreased estrogen levels during menopause are also important factors in aging process. It is also known that well-moisturized skin is less prone to oxidative injuries and premature aging. Hence, the major targets of anti-aging agents are oxidative stress & collagen metabolism. Moisturizing agents form another important part of anti-aging agents. Right now, over 60 botanicals are marketed, the most important include : teas, soy, pomegranate, date, grapeseed, pycnogenol, horse chestnut, German chamomile, curcumin, comfrey, allantoin and aloe. Only, green and black tea, soy, pomegranate & date have published clinical trials. There is even a larger number of synthetic compounds to have anti-aging properties. Many have antioxidant properties, alter the collagen metabolism or completely different mode of action, ex. TIMP2 ( protein, biotechnologically produced, inhibits enzymes that degrade collagen in the skin ), Coenzyme Q 10 ( ubiquinone, antioxidant, promotes collagen & elastin synthesis ), Argireline ( peptide, anti wrinkle, inhibits facial skin muscle tightening ), DHEA ( hormone, protective, regenerating ), Calcium PCA ( mineral, stimulates cells differentiation & synthesis of epidermal lipids ), Lacto-Ceramides ( ceramides packed in milk-liposomes, replenishes own skin-ceramides, recovers barrier function ), Pullulan ( natural sugar, skin tightening effect, stimulates collagen synthesis ), Ferulic Acid ( phenolic compound, antioxidant, antiinflammatory ), Genistein ( isoflavone compound, antioxidant, protective ), Phyllanthus Emblica ( polyphenols & flavonoids, antioxidant, skin lightening/whitening ), Ectoin ( from bacteria, skin relaxing, moisturizing, protects from cell damage ), Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline ( amino acid, contracts collagen, moisturizing, inhibits ‘age enzymes’ ), Provitamin B5 ( vitamin, moisturizing, improves skin elasticity, regenerating ) and still many others..

The questions raised about evidences these products actually work!! Some best products do. They visibly reduce the signs of aging, ie. skin tone is much more even, the dark blotches on neck have faded noticeably, fine lines are fading, the reduction in the ‘laugh’ lines is amazing, plumping the skin & filling in linesit really works to brighten skinmaking skin look radiant, “immediately” reduces eye puffiness, got rid of skin discolorationmade my pores look smallerfor “sloughing off dead skin cells” to reveal “soft, supple and bright” skinwrinkles are diminishing, makes saggy skin firmerinstantly firming and tighteningmy eyes make me look much younger than my actual agehelps with fine lines, puffiness and dark circlesdiminishes crow’s feet with “remarkable results”“instantly hydrates” and “smoothes fine lines and wrinkles”dark circles disappear along with puffinessnot only has reduced the small wrinkles on my face and neck, but has made my skin so soft and healthyfour weeks time skin has become more luminous, vibrant, firmer and lifted … [and] lines around the mouth and eyes [are] almost gone…..

The truth is, it takes three to five weeks for new skin cells to grow, so regardless of whatever product you apply, if it works, it’ll take at least that much time for results to show.

So, what do you think? Have you any comment or experience? Just write your comment below.

andriantoangkadirjo85 bottom line

– Today, there is a surplus of anti-aging skin care products like creams, serums, gels and powders that are all claiming to be ‘fountain of youth’. Some work and some are pure market hype.

– Presently, there is no proven way to delay, even if slightly, the human aging process.

–  Regularly washing your face, using age-appropriate skin care (ex. sunscreen lotions), drinking more water and living a healthier life style in general are just another approach in finding younger skin…and delay aging process.


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