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Youthful Skin ~ At Any Age

Scientist believe that the aging process of the entire body is controlled by the hypothalamus, which controls the pituitary gland.

The Pituitary gland regulates the other endocrine glands in the body and how and when they release their hormones (ovaries, testes, adrenal glands and thyroid)

As we age, our internal body system becomes less functional and this can lead to several health issues, for instance, high blood pressure, diabetes, and sleep abnormalities. The most obvious example of age related hormone change is menopause.

Extrinsic or environmental aging is the premature aging of the skin from external factors that cause oxidative injury to the skin and body.

  • 80% of extrinsic aging is due to ultra violet rays.
  • Ultraviolet rays are the #1 generator of free radicals.

What is a Free Radical?

Free radicals are incomplete molecules that have lost an electron. When an oxygen molecule has lost an electron it tries to grab onto another electron. In the process of searching for another electron, the unstable oxygen molecule damages and disrupts the cell. Over time, free radical damage builds in our body, whereby aging us. When oxidation reaction occurs in metals, like iron, we call the process rusting. When the process occurs in people we call it aging.

Free Radical generators:

We not only produce free radicals from within our bodies but we also ingest free radicals through the following:

  • Sun exposure*
  • Smoking and Alcohol (1 cigarette drag gives your body 100 million free radicals in your body)
  • Industrial pollution, ozone, pesticides
  • Diet, stress and inflammation.

Two layers of skin tissue: Dermis (lower layer of skin tissue contains collagen and elastin, and adipose tissue) Epidermis (top most layer of skin)

Epidermal Skin Cell regeneration:

Cell production slows down as we age. Epidermal renewal varies from 1-19 days (teens) to 28-35 days (mid-life) up to 90 days in maturity which leads to dull dry skin.

Epidermal Skin Dehydration:

As cell production slows down so does the oil production in our skin. Without the oil production, moisture evaporates from the skin leaving it dry and flaky.

Skin Pigmentation:

Melanin is what gives our skin its color. As we age, our body produces less melanin. Melanin absorbs ultra violet light and free radicals which are precursors to skin aging.
As less melanin is produced more damage can occur with sun exposure. It appears as an uneven tan or blotchy pattern. Some call it sun spots.

Visible signs of Aging

Women in their 20’s 

  1. oil and sweat glands are highly functional,
  2. fat layer protects skin form bruising
  3. muscle tone.

Women in their 30’s

  1. wrinkles in corner of eye area
  2. grooves between eye brows

Women in their 40’s

  1. overall cell metabolism slows down
  2. cells ability to pick up O2, water and proteins diminishes
  3. redistribution of fat
  4. hollowing of cheekbone area
  5. capillaries are weaker and can leak

Women in their 50’s

  1. eyes take on a hollow appearance
  2. exposure of gum tissue
  3. let down of tissue
  4. muscles become weaker
  5. larger pores
  6. loss of elasticity and control