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We have everyday ads claim that they can turn back the clock / reverse signs of aging or hands of time on your skin. There are steps that we can all take to make sure our skin looks healthy and stays wrinkle-free for as longer as possible.
How to look younger is an area where art and science meet. We should always remember that
“Prevention is better than Cure”.
Our skin is composed of 3 Layers Outer Epidermis : Stratum Corneum : Intact and holds its moisture. Basal Germinating Layer :New cells generated and travel upwards. Middle Dermal : Collagen & Elastin and fibroblasts – Skin Tone and elasticity. Inner SC : fat cells.
Your skin in 20S This is the great time . Well toned epidermis with radiant glow. However, two main risks : 1. Adolescent acne . 2. Daily sun exposure ---- damage of collagen and elastin.
Your skin in 30S Skin cell turnover /renewal is slowed . More environmental damage from pollution, sunlight and smoke , 1. Collagen fibres start to loosen. 2. You start loosing its tone and develop fine lines and wrinkles.
Your skin in 40S Collagen fibers decrease dramatically, break apart, and form into a shapeless, matted tangle.
Elastic fibers lose some of their elasticity and thicken into clumps and fray. Causing the skin to form lines and wrinkles. Loss of fat in the subcutaneous layer leaves your skin more fragile, whereas the dermis will continue to lose its elasticity.
Your skin in 50S and beyond Cells involved in the immune response, decrease in number, thus decreasing the immune responsiveness of older skin. Decreased size of the oil glands leads to dry broken skin that is more susceptible to infection.
Decreased estrogen levels mean that skin loses its tone and plumpness.
(Natural aging process) : Caused by genetic programming. A continuous process that normally begins in our mid-20s.
Caused by environmental factors, Known as photoaging.
These two types of aging can often work in combination to result in premature aging.
* A condition where the amount of free radical molecules produced by metabolism exceeds the capacity of the body to neutralize them. * Oxidative stress leads to oxidative damage at diverse levels : cells, tissues and organs. * The higher the intensity , the more damage caused. * More than 50 kinds of diseases are related to free radical activity.
Oxidative Stress On the skin
Degrade Dermal Extracellular Matrix Molecules Destruction of Collagen & Elastin + Imperfect Repair Wrinkles
Sagging skin, a big belly and wrinkles are the aesthetic signs of aging and should not prevent us from enjoying life to the full. Healthy aging is defined as living a longer, healthier life with the prevention of agerelated or chronic diseases.
Longevity is partly genes and partly lifestyle. Anti-aging strategies cannot give you eternal life. But, by becoming informed and making the right life-style changes, we can fight against the aging process and slow it down.
A Daily Healthy LifeStyle. Not Difficult To Learn. EveryOne Should Strictly Follow and Practice it. To Finally Become A Daily Healthy Habits. Away from any Traditions or Old Myths.
Taking care of our internal body
Change your life style. The earlier you start , the better. Don’t forget your brain. “Stay alert keep your brain functioning efficiently well”.
1. Daily ( Preventive ) Approach. 2. Topical Rejuvenating Products.
1.Taking care of our internal body
Drink plenty of water, as this will wash toxins from your body, keeping your organs healthy. 8 glasses daily.
Eat healthily. Food Groups: 1. Produce acids when digested (carbohydrates and proteins). 2. Produce alkalies when digested(fruit and leafy, green vegetables).
Avocado rich in healhty fats –improve cholestrol. Walnuts rich in Omega -3 instead of mercury contaminated fish(keeping your brain healthy). Leafy deep coloured vegetables 5 servings or more. Berries (Anthocyanins ), Green Tea (Polyphenols) and Beans rich in dietary antioxidants.
Daily dietary use contributes to reinforce and prevent the alterations physiologically caused by time and diverse external irritating factors. Preventive action not only on the skin but also in the physiologic aging process in atherosclerosis and neoplastic development.
Direct antioxidant activity: • Increased vitamin A and β-carotene activity • Protection and recharge of vitamin E (αtocopherol) • Binding of metal ions that catalyze free radical formation. Increased immune activity - Antiinflammatory activity-Anti-allergic activity. Skin protection.
Inhibition of phospholipase A2, concealing arachidonic acid release -- platelet aggregation. Inhibition of cyclooxygenase and lipoxygenase Reduction of plasma cholesterol level. Inhibition of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) oxidation. Inhibition of some cancer-forming chemicals.
Popular &Well Known .YES OR NO Three types: white , milky and dark. Recent investigations, chocolate may have a new reputation of actually be good for your health.
Flavonols : They help reduce the risk of blood clots because they prevent the blood platelets from sticking together and thus forming clots. They can also reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems by preventing fat-like substances from oxidizing and clogging the arteries, which can often lead to a heart attack.
Natural analgesic. Help to reduce menstrual cramps. Dark chocolate is the “healthiest” of the three types as it reduces the oxidation of LDL cholesterol (it is through oxidation that this cholesterol becomes “bad”) and it increases levels of HDL (good) cholesterol. Eating 6.7 grams of dark chocolate a day (or half a bar per week).
Foods that are cooked till brown are likely to be most damaging due to Advanced Glycation End Products(A.G.E.). Healthy Food : steamed or boiled . Not roasted , processed or microwaved. Sugar related aging : glucose-driven intrinsic aging due to A.G.E.
The same browning reaction that occurs when you cook meat at high heat takes place at a slower rate , once sugars enter the circulation , attach themselves to the amino groups of tissue proteins such as collagen , AGE molecules form. Such collagen fibers lose their elasticity, becoming rigid, more brittle, and prone to breakage.
Foods abundant in vitamin A include liver, sweet potatoes, carrots, milk, egg yolks and mozzarella cheese. Vitamin C, also called ascorbic acid, is in many fruits and vegetables, as well as cereals, beef, poultry, and fish. Vitamin E is in almonds, mangos, nuts, broccoli, and in wheat germ, safflower, corn and soybean oils.
Beta-carotene is found in naturally orangecolored foods such as carrots, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, and squash, and in leafy green vegetables. Lutein (also very good for healthy eyes) is found in leafy green vegetables. Lycopene is found in tomatoes, watermelon, guava, papaya, and blood oranges.
As we age , it’s not easily to reduce weight. Leptin hormone regulates body weight. It’s important to eat 3 times / day with no snaks. as your body may become leptin resistant. Best food to reduce leptin is fish rich in omega-3. Eat protein with each meal especially
2 scrambled eggs + Youghurt + WholeGrain Cereal.
Slimming effect Control blood sugar Lower BP Reduce risk of HD and cancer.
30 min. regular exercise. It has been shown that exercise forces a natural release of the Human Growth Hormone with all its antiaging benefits. Don’t smoke as it speeds aging process. Get enough sleep 8 hours daily.
2. Taking care of our Skin.
Daily Approach ( Preventive )
Sun Screens. Moisturizers.
Protect by day and repair by night is what dermatologists recommend. Two products that science has shown can protect the skin are: sun screens + moisturizers.
Wear sun screen 365 days . Sun Protecting Factor SPF 25. During Summer season SPF should be 50+ Reapply every 2 hours to maintain protection. Don’t Tan.
“Photoaging accounts for 90% of your aging.” Dermatologists agree that sunscreen is by far the most beneficial age-fighting product on the market.
The 2nd essential in any age-fighting skin care plan. Some facts about how to evaluate your product :
Expensive does not mean better. No one product works for everyone. Product should contain proven active ingredient(s).
Some misleading terms :
• “Preservative free” if true won’t stay on the shelf. • “All natural” Pure plant extracts are always unappealing (undergo processing & modified to be pleasing form). • “Clinically proven” has no relation to FDA It means it was given to group of people for few weeks.
Vitamins C & E : The best preventive antiaging. Powerful antioxidants + Photoprotective. Pycnogenol OPC : 20 times C + 50 times E Polyphenols of Green Tea and Pomegranate.
AHA – BHA – Fruit – Lactic acid based. Plant extracts:Phytosoya Isoflavones and Kinetin. Marine based : Seaweeds , Algae , Marine Spring water ,Criste Marine and Caviar. Dead Sea based :SeaMax rich in minerals and trace elements. Growth Factors : EGF and TGF-β1. Coenzymes: Q10.
Vitamin A containing: 1st Generation Best anti-aging ingredient to repair and rebuild your collagen since the early 80’s till now. Erythema and scaling are commonly encountered.
Anti-Aging Peptides Containing:2nd Generation Short proteins, derived from hydrolysed collagen, appear to act as “messengers” that stimulate skin cells to perform particular functions. Oligopeptides : Collagen Boosters (Vitamin A Like Effect without redness or scaling of the skin).
Neuropeptides with Botox Like facial muscle relaxation effects(Argireline and Pentapeptide 18). Peptides have hormone-like functions: Biopeptides, such as Acetyl Tetrapeptide2, are designed to compensate the natural loss of thymic factors, which are responsible for cell renewal and boost the skin’s natural immune function.
Wear sunscreen 365 days a year. ***********
Apply a moisturizer that contains antioxidants . Apply Retinol / Peptide based product. Exercise 30 min daily ( Mayo Clinic ). Drink water and juices. Eat vegetables and fruits. Control your weight. Sleep 6-8 hours.
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