Anti-Aging

As our lifespan increases so does our desire to remain active. It makes up about a quarter of the total protein content of structural protein found in skin. Most anti-ageing products (collagen included) fall into the category of anti-oxidants which are the body’s method of slowing down the ageing process.

Although the benefits of vitamin C (an anti-oxidant) are well documented, it is still debated as to what our daily amount should be. The main problem when using any skin care treatments which use vitamin C is that oxidization can occur as soon as they have contact with the air.

Other skin care treatments which mimic the effects of vitamin C are being tried all the time which are hoped to be more stable in the atmosphere and also cheaper to produce. These alternative products are not as effective as vitamin C but vitamin E and lipoic acid are anti-oxidants and are now being used.

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble anti-oxidant and is found in human blood, it helps build resistance against infection like cancer. Lipoic acid which is found inside every cell of the body helps generate the energy that keeps us alive and functioning.

They are removed from various plants. Phytochemicals prevent occurrence of certain types of cancer.

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.

A great deal about the ageing process has already been learned and the products available today are already far more advanced than ten years ago but there is still a long way to go. 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.

However, man-made skin care regimes should be used only as a supplement. What proportion of the population actually eat healthily, take plenty of exercise, drink sufficient water and obtain restful and regular sleep?

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