Anti-Aging and Youth Preservation Science
Your skin and hair are what people notice first when they look at you. When you are young, your skin looks smooth, radiant, and firm. This is mainly due to key proteins and molecules in the skin – collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid. Collagen and elastin provide the skin with firmness and elasticity, while hyaluronic acid keeps the skin hydrated and resilient. In your mid-late 20’s, you slowly start to lose collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid.
There are several factors that come into play. The presence of free radicals (unstable molecules) and inflammation play an important role in the process of dermal ageing, as it can cause breakdown of these skin components. Your skin will slowly become dull, dry, thin and will start to sag. Smoking, sun exposure, pollution, poor diet and certain chemicals can contribute to the production of free radical formation and the ageing process.
While it’s not possible to stop the aging process, you can certainly take steps to preserve a youthful appearance. Avoiding smoking, using broad-spectrum sun protection, exercise, getting enough fresh air and maintaining a proper diet are extremely important. Also important is avoiding synthetic chemicals that may be harmful to your skin. There are many botanicals in nature that contain high levels of vitamins, fatty acids, antioxidants and anti- inflammatory substances that are a much healthier alternative to synthetic compounds.