Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Anti Aging Skin Care Secrets

By: S. Williams

To battle aging skin and wrinkles, you need to understand why skin ages and wrinkles. What makes skin age? Skin ages due to a long list of varied and complicated reasons; too long and complex to explain in a paragraph, but nevertheless a general summary will be attempted. Skin aging factors can be divided primarily into two groups, external factors and internal factors. External factors that can cause skin to age include pollution, the sun, free radicals, and smoking. Internal factors that can make skin age include genetics, natural aging, and hormones.

External factors such as sun damage and free radical damage interfere with skin cell DNA/RNA's ability to direct cells to properly divide/replicate; this leads to unhealthy, abnormally shaped cells which can cause skin texture to appear uneven and coarse. To fight free radical damage, try Prodonia Anti-Oxidant Power-House. Antioxidants fight free radical damage by blocking unstable molecules from stealing electrons from otherwise healthy cell molecules. To fight sun damage, always wear sunscreen; rain or shine. To protect from UVB and UVA rays, look for sunscreens that contain SPF greater than 15, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide and mexoryl sx.

Internal factors (hormones, genetics and naturing aging) can destroy skin support structure such as fat, collagen, and elastin. Loss of fat, collagen, and elastic can lead to wrinkles, loss of skin elasticity and sagging skin. Currently, there is no way to restore skin firmness to its youth without plastic surgery. In order to improve skin firmness, you need to restore the intercellular structure of the skin as well as promote elastin and collagen synthesis. Products containing ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and glycerin help support the skin.

Another complication of aging skin is hyperpigmentation. As skin cells become damaged, they may begin to produce too much melanin; this can lead to hyperpigmentation; commonly seen in skin as age spots, liver spots, or brown spots. Some of the best skin care ingredients to reduce hyperpigmentation include hydroquinone and arbutin. Hydroquinone and arbutin work by inhibiting melanin production. Though there has been concern over the safety hydroquinone, it is generally accepted to be safe and effective at 2% to 4% concentrations.

Other skin care ingredients that may prove powerful in the fight against aging skin and wrinkles include niacinamide, Vitamin C, DMAE, alpha lipoic acid, and tretinoin. Vitamin C is not only a powerful antioxidant, Vitamin C has also been shown to increase collagen synthesis. DMAE, shown to have a skin firming effect, stimulates the synthesis of phosphatidylcholine, an important component of cell membranes. Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) is an interesting antioxidant, in that it is soluble in both water and oil, allowing it to protect areas in cells that are composed of water as well as areas in cells that are composed of oil. Moreover, alpha lipoic acid inhibits cell damaging cross linking and helps cells produce more ATP (energy). Niacinamide and tretinoin are cell communicating ingredients; this means they may have the ability to direct skin cells to behave healthier; possibly reversing and repairing damage. For products containing alpha lipoic acid, DMAE, and vitamin C, try Prodonia's Alpha Lipoic Acid Lifting Serum with DMAE, Glycolic Acid, and Vitamin C.

In summary, the best age defying skin care products are sunscreen, antioxidants, and skin care products that promote elastin and collagen synthesis. For an anti aging skin care daily plan, please visit at, where you can find this article with a daily plan listed at the bottom of the article.

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