As a result of sun damage, age, and hormone fluctuations, skin cells become permanently damaged, which means they regenerate into irregular, rough and older cells. One way the skin can begin to produce healthier, younger cells is to give it substances that can communicate to a cell to stop making bad cells and start making better ones. The key ingredients in this group are niacinamide, retinol, synthetic peptides, lecithin, and adenosine triphosphate.
Cell-communicating ingredients are believed to:
Have the ability to tell a skin cell to look, act, and behave more like a normal, healthy intact skin cell would.
Communicate with other cells that are causing damage, basically telling them to stop behaving badly.
Reduce cellular damage that leads to destruction of skin’s supportive elements, thus preventing significant wrinkles.
Sunscreen – UVA & UVB Protection
The sun ages the skin and causes skin cancer—in fact, sun is one of the most potent natural carcinogens around! About 75% of what we think of as aging is caused by unprotected sun exposure. Sun damage begins within the first minute of the skin being exposed to the sun. Other than sun smart behavior, use of a daily sunscreen is vital. To ensure you’re getting sufficient UVA protection, your sunscreen must contain one or more of these active ingredients: titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, avobenzone, ecamsule, or Tinosorb.
Daily use of a well-formulated sunscreen should:
Prevent damage to your skin in the form of wrinkles, chronic inflammation and age spots.
Adequately protect against both UVB (burning rays) and UVA (aging rays) sun damage—this is known as broad spectrum protection.
Be rated a minimum of SPF 15.
Remain the only real difference between a daytime moisturizer and a nighttime moisturizer.
Exfoliators: AHA & BHA
There is no other part of a daily skin care routine can have the most immediate impact as gently exfoliating skin. Though there are a few different ways to exfoliate skin by far the most effective are alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs, with the most common ones being glycolic or lactic acid) and beta hydroxy acid (BHA’s,with the active ingredient salicylic acid). The benefits of using a well-formulated AHA or BHA can be visible almost immediately.
We shed billions of skin cells every day. When that doesn’t occur in a normal manner, we`develop rough, hardened skin tha looks like leather. When we are young, skin cells are regenerated and turn over very quickly. As we age, the rate of skin cell renewal changes to every three weeks through our teens and 20s, and then slows as we get older due to sun damage and other factors such as menopause. Sun damage causes the outer layer of skin to thicken thus making it look more wrinkled. Exfoliation works to trigger skin cells to shed as they did when we were young.
Exfoliation is a key component for the health and appearance of your skin. It is necessary for most skin types and is as basic as a gentle cleanser, sunscreen, and the need for skin to get topically applied antioxidants!
AHA’s & BHA’s can :
Improve skin’s condition over time by increasing the rate of cell turnover.
Even the skintone of sun damaged skin. AHA’s are suitable for sun damaged skin because they exfoliate on the surface of the skin.
BHA is able to penetrate the oil in pores and exfoliate accumulated skin cells inside the oil gland.
“Unglue” the outer layer of dead skin cells, allowing healthier cells to appear on the surface.”
Fight the wrinkles! 🙂