How to Battle Age - Beyond the Skin Surface

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Beauty is only skin deep, so let's take a look at the depth of our skin layers and how we can support our skin's youthfulness from within.

To understand collagen, you should first understand your skin.

Skin consists of three layers: the epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous tissue (hypodermis). The upper-most layer, known as the epidermis, controls the loss of water from cells and tissue. Without this protective barrier, the body would quickly dehydrate.

Just below the epidermis lies the second layer, the dermis. The dermis, although it contains blood vessels, nerves, and hair follicles, is primarily made up of a protein called "collagen." This protein forms a network of fibers that provides a framework for the growth of cells and blood vessels. Because it is the primary component of the dermis, collagen acts as the support structure for the skin.The hypodermis is a layer of fat and connective tissue that contains larger blood vessels and nerves. It also hosts sweat glands, fat, and collagen cells. The hypodermis is responsible for conserving your body's heat and protecting your vital inner organs.

Why Do Lines Appear on Skin?

In young skin, the collagen framework is intact and the skin remains moisturized and elastic. It's resilient to the many facial expressions we adopt, as well as everyday environmental exposure. But, over time, the support structure weakens and the skin loses its elasticity. The skin begins to lose its tone as the collagen support wears down. Every time you smile, frown, or squint, you put stress on the collagen and elastin in your skin. The effect of these facial expressions is cumulative and facial lines begin to appear.

How to battle aging:

Both oxidative stress and inflammation can make our cells age faster and our bodies more susceptible to age-related diseasesAntioxidants fight oxidative stress — the buildup of inflammatory and damaging molecules called free radicals or reactive oxygen species (ROS). With its oxidation-fighting capacity, antioxidants mitigate the damage that these molecules can cause to cells, DNA, and proteins.

Collagen Reseach

Once we can slow the damage than collagen can do it’s work . Understanding the research, the focus is to reduce the appearance-related damage by boosting the production of our body’s most abundant protein — collagen. After our mid-20s, our skin produces about 1% less collagen each year, and UVB damage can make this collagen decline occur even more rapidly. Without adequate collagen, skin can become more wrinkled and thin, and less elastic, hydrated, and smooth. Antioxidants allow this process to be 3 fold more effective in the collagen production process.

How To Age Prevent

Live a well balanced lifestyle, get lots of sleep, work out, eat well, and reduce inflammation.Two Skin Super WeaponsExtensive studies have revealed that the combination of the two nutrients, mainly Marine Collagen & Super Antioxidant; Micro Algae sourced Astaxanthin improve skin elasticity, hydration and prevent sun damage, after 12 weeks of use.The uncovering: the combination of astaxanthin and collagen show promising for skin firming and age prevention.Skincare creams rich in the same nutrients (collagen-boosting peptides and polyphenols/carotenoids) can be helpful but as an addition to consuming a complete nutrient spectrum as they are not as capable at reaching the deeper layers of the skin dermis.

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