The Anti-aging Report – Part 2

//The Anti-aging Report – Part 2

The Anti-aging Report – Part 2

Puzzle face shutterstock_100133651In Part 1 of our Anti-aging Skin Report we discussed;red alarm clock

  • What Really Accelerates Skin Aging?
  • The 2 Theories of Aging
  • How Oestrogen Keeps the Ladies Young

In Part 2 of the Anti-aging Skin Report we will share with you some more facts about the inevitable aging process and how to prevent more rapid aging.

 So what else can influent how fresh or damaged your skin’s appearance is?

This week we look at the effects of sun exposure, the lost of elastin fibers and abnormalities of skin circulation.

In Part 3 of the Anti-aging Skin Report we look at:

  • Inflammation and how the ‘fire within’ can impact the skin
  • How to eat your way to a healthier skin and
  • Find out if exercise will make a difference

Enjoy the read.

Sun Exposure – Good Or Bad?

summer sun blue smallIt would be no surprise to most people that sun exposure can damage the skin. What is the right amount of sun exposure is a tough question, as we know that so many people are deficient of Vitamin D, which is synthesized with sun exposure.

To test the effect of sun exposure and aging, one study took biopsy specimens of sun-protected skin from the back plus skin from severely and moderately protected areas of the skin, from the face and forearms. 2 Specimens were taken from 3 age groups : 1-27 year olds, 31 -56 year olds and 61-100 year old people. What they found was that with aging, there were deposits of amyloid P on the elastic fibers which can contribute to their degeneration.   With sun exposure, they found higher amounts of the immune reactive enzyme,  lysozyme.
What this means is that both natural aging processes and/or sun exposure can cause structural alterations to the skin. Exposure to UV has been found to diminish levels are antioxidants in the skin. Antioxidants are vital nutrients needed to control free radical damage and diminish the production of damaging mutant genes in the skin cells.

Another study looked at the affects of UVA and UVB on the skin. It found that UVB played a greater role than UVA in the development of solar elastosis (the breakdown of elastic tissue that results in degeneration of connective tissue) and photoaging of the skin.

A good way to avoid excessive aging in relation to sun exposure is to cover the areas of the body that are most likely to show the signs of aging such as the face. A maximum of 20 minutes sun exposure per day is recommended for adequate vitamin D
production, however this will vary from one person to another according to individual factors such skin colour, ethnicity, history of skin disorders and in different climatic regions. Wearing some type of UV protectant can also be of benefit where there are longer periods of sun exposure.

By supplying the skin with additional antioxidants, some of the effects of aging can be reversed and skin appearance improved.


Loss Of Elastin Fibers In Aging Skin

Spring wireYour skin is like a spring with elastic fibers that keep it taut. These elastic fibers are bundles of protein that are found in the matrix (mesh like system) that supports the connective tissue. When these proteins are young and subtle, these fibers can stretch up to 1.5 times their length and snap back into place when relaxed, hence supporting skin  elasticity. As the skin ages these all important supportive fibers  undergo  degradation. Maintaining the health of these elastic fibers is therefore a vital step in preserving a youthful skin appearance.

The production of collagen and elastin can be enhanced by several skin care products. For example:

  • Vitamin C: Vitaminc C is notoriously unstable so it is rarely used in skin care products. Instead products that supply vitamin C are often used;
  • Kakadu Plum has the worlds highest natural vitamin C content. It grows wild Australia’s Northern Territory. Kakadu Plum is known for its ability to dramatically boost collagen and elasticity of aging skin plus improve the appearance of wrinkles and improve skin texture;
  • Crown of Gold from the coastal areas of Queensland is also known for its ability to promote healthy collagen production and improve the skins appearance;
  • Illawarra Flame Tree from the region south of Sydney intensifies the effects of vitamin C and therefore works well with Kakadu Plum. It also stimulates collagen production;
  • Silky Oil Grass, a relative of Lemon Grass, also works closely with vitamin C and can assist with the production of collagen and elastin.
  • Yet another Australian extract, Desert Lime, has the ability to boost production of healthy collagen.

Abnormalities In Skin Circulation

Changes to the microvascular system, the tiny blood vessels such as capillaries, arterioles and venules, also takes place as the skin succumbs to aging.  Changes to the microvascular wall can contribute to the laxity (sagging) of aging skin. Darkness and puffiness around the eyes can also be partially blamed upon the diminished blood supply

Interestingly the same changes of the microvascular system have been found in young people with juvenile diabetes.3 Other mechanisms that have been found to promote vascular dysfunction and hyperpermeability (leakage) include oxidative stress, inflammation, and the activation of apoptotic (programmed cell death) signaling pathways.5

Ingredients that can stimulate the circulation and strenghten capillaries are of benefit when it comes to reducing eye darkness and puffiness. Several native Australian plant extracts do this, including:

  • Crown of Gold
  • Illawarra Flame Tree
  • Kapok
  • Silky Oil Grass

Both Silky Oil Grass and Illawarra Flame Tree can be found in our Native Natural Eye Cream, whilst the other extracts can be found in our other facial skin care products.

 Go to;

Part 1 of the Anti-aging Skin Report

 Part 3 of the Anti-aging Skin Report


All products at Native Natural Skin Care are researched, formulated and produced by Naturopath, Nurse and Formulation Chemist, Vivienne Savill

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