Everyone has his or her own opinion about treating aging skin. If you would like some facts to back up those opinions, you’ve come to the right place. You could verify any of the information in this article by doing a search at “PubMed.com”. Of course, it makes for dry reading. Hopefully, you’ll find this article more entertaining.
Here’s a fact. The skin’s outer layers are composed primarily of a protein called keratin. But, it is difficult to include the protein in moisturizers, because it is hard in nature. In order to soften it, most companies use high heat and harsh temperatures, which denaturalizes it, rendering it inactive.
There is a form of bioactive keratin that has been shown in clinical trials to help heal irritation and inflammation. Chronic inflammation is one of the underlying causes of the symptoms of age, inside and outside of the body.
Men’s faces are particularly prone to becoming inflamed due to shaving and sun exposure. But, women’s faces suffer, too – often due to the cosmetics that they use on a regular basis.
So, bioactive keratin plays a key role in treating aging skin, because of its anti-inflammatory activity. But, clinical trials have shown that it does more.
Lost firmness is one of the common age-related complaints. Decreased production of collagen and elastin fibers is one of the causes of lost firmness. Inflammation causes damage to collagen fibers.
Decreased moisture content is a contributing factor. One of the functions that keratin performs within the skin’s cells is to absorb and hold moisture. In clinical trials, volunteers had as much as a 40% improvement in firmness after using a cream containing bioactive keratin for only 18 days. There are other benefits of the protein for treating aging skin, but let’s look at another ingredient.
The antioxidant coenzyme Q10 is found throughout the body. In the skin’s cells, its primary role is to neutralize free radicals that are produced in response to UV rays from the sun. Researchers have been surprised to see just how quickly the skin’s CoQ10 levels were depleted during sun exposure. But, that encouraged them to see what creams containing the antioxidant could do.
In one study, people with sun damage saw an overall improvement of 30% after six weeks of using the cream. The improvements included reduced wrinkles and roughness, as well as improved moisture content.
There are other compounds that are good for treating aging skin, including Shea butter, grape seed oil and avocado extract. But, none of them have as many proven benefits as coenzyme Q10 and bioactive keratin. The latest advice is to try combining the two. There are a few creams on the market that contain them both.
Here’s another fact. The skin is an organ of the body, actually the largest one. It needs to be treated with the same respect that you would treat the inside of your body. Poisons don’t belong on it. Any product designed for treating aging skin should be safe enough to eat. Otherwise, it could do more harm than good.
Elizabeth Ruby is passionate about good health and using healthy products on her skin. She does extensive research on the best products to use and what products to avoid. Visit her website at http://www.skinantiagingsite.com/ to find out what products she recommends.