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Reducing the Effects of Age on Your Skin

Sep 2, 2008
Reducing the effects of aging on skin is one of the world's booming industries. Luckily there are a lot fo great advances in skin care being made almost every year. Also, by taking a little care of your skin and how you look after it, you can reduce and delay the effects of aging with great results. Read on to discover how.

There is nothing wrong with wanting to continue looking young as you get older, in fact it is quite a healthy aim. The beauty products mentioned below generally work by enabling the synthesis of collagen, the main protein of connective tissue in animals and the most abundant in our body; collagen is so abundant, it makes up about a quarter of the total protein content of structural protein found in skin. Collagen is related to other anti-ageing substances found in the body and other substances; this group is called antioxidants and apart from their cell repairing ability, they may be able to reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease.

Although the benefits of vitamin C are well documented, it is still debated as to what our daily amount should be. The problem with vitamin C derived skin care treatments is they can become oxidized when exposed to the atmosphere, often even before they are used.

To get around this some skin care treatments are based on derivatives of vitamin C, which are more stable and less expensive. Although these products are good, they cannot actually compare with vitamin C but fortunately vitamin E and alpha-lipoic acid are also anti-oxidants so can be used to gain the same effect.

Found in human blood, vitamin E is not only an antioxidant but is designed to boost the immune system's resistance to illness; one particular disease it may help to prevent is certain types of cancer. Lipoic acid is also an energy making component of the body, found in every cell; it can also help reduce the aging process which affects the skin.

Phytochemicals form the other category of anti-aging skin care products which are special chemicals that are extracted from plants with a variety of that are used in skin care today. Like lipoic acid, phytochemicals help reduce the occurrence of cancers; these include:

Prostate Cancer
Breast Cancer
Colon Cancer

All of which are on the increase globally.

Some B-vitamins like B5, B6 and B12 are also in use for anti-ageing skin care products. This just goes to highlight just how complex and far reaching the whole field of anti-ageing skin care products is and why so much more research is required. Although current regimes are quite effective, there are many ways to combat the effects of time; however, research is moving forward rapidly and it is only a matter of time before a new generation of products becomes available.

With the research that is now taking place, many people are confident that in time, more effective, cheaper anti-ageing skin care products will be discovered. At the moment though, science is still behind the field of natural anti-aging methods; man-made products may never replace those that are available naturally! Natural methods are known, but few people actually follow them; what proportion of the population actually eats healthily, takes plenty of exercise, drink sufficient water and obtain restful and regular sleep?

One bonus tip regards skin tanning. Many people still go to the beach or out into the sun to get a tan. This has a massive negative impact on aging your skin prematurely. The onset of wrinking and even skin cancer has been definitely linked to skin exposure. If you really need a tan, consider getting a spray tan. They are a lot better option for skin in terms of tanning without the effects of premature aging or health concerns. Spray tans are a pretty good alternative to sun exposure and are also a lot cheaper and better quality than many people think.
About the Author
If you are in Sydney and want to get a mobile spray tan, then give The Bronzing Boutique a call. They are Sydney's premier mobile spray tanning service and will come to your home or you can use their studios in the Eastern suburbs .
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