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Collagen, hyaluronic acid and elastin are all gradually lost as you age. Why is replacing lost collagen, hyaluronic acid and elastin important to good skin care?

If you’ve spent time researching skin care, and why aging skin forms those wrinkles, crows feet and fine lines that are so annoying, you will come across collagen, hyaluronic acid and elastin. All of these are very important to skin health, and today we will answer the questions why does the skin wrinkle as you age, and how does increasing collagen, hyaluronic acid and elastin reverse this?

And in particular we will explain what hyaluronic acid  is, and why it’s good for your skin.

As you age your skin ages with you. There’s a range of reasons why this happens, including cigarette smoking, poor diet, lack of exercise, excess exposure to the ultraviolet radiation of the sun, the formation of free radicals, drinking too much alcohol as well as some genetic factors.

Some of this you can do something about and some of it you can’t. However the end result is that your skin gradually loses its essential stores of the important skin proteins called collagen and elastin. You may have heard that changes to the levels of collagen and elastin in the skin on your face reduces skin elasticity which thereby leads to those wrinkles, fine lines and facial creases.

Whilst increasing the skin’s stores of collagen and elastin will help to improve skin elasticity there are other things you can do to improve skin elasticity and to attack the cause of premature wrinkles. One of these involves hyaluronic acid and hyaluronidase.Collagen Hyaluronic Acid

You may have heard that Japanese women have some of the best skin in the world. Of course Japanese women age like all of us, so researchers started to investigate why they don’t seem to suffer from wrinkling of the skin as much as some of the rest of us.

And the research has discovered why. It’s a substance called hyaluronic acid, which occurs naturally in many foods eaten by the Japanese, and it seems to be an extremely important factor in repairing damage caused to the skin resulting from ageing.

An adequate supply of hyaluronic acid helps keep our skin smooth and allows it to retain moisture better. And as we age our skin slowly loses its ability to retain moisture, and is more likely to get that thin, dry feel. That’s why we need moisturizers. Or even better, high quality natural skin care products that contain hyaluronic acid.

Like collagen, hyaluronic acid helps keep our skin supple and elastic which in turn helps us reduce the appearance of aging on your skin as you get older. It helps our skin “plump” as well.

And Japanese women are eating plenty of hyaluronic acid in their food. But there’s more. You see there is also an enzyme in skin called hyaluronidase. Hyaluronidase breaks down hyaluronic acid. As an adequate supply of hyaluronic acid is essential for good skin health you certainly don’t want it broken down.

One of the foods almost solely eaten by the Japanese is seaweed, in particular a seaweed called Phytessence Wakame. And the active ingredients found in Phytessence Wakame reduce the ability of hyaluronidase to break down your skin’s stores of hyaluronic acid. This is extremely useful and one of the major reasons why Japanese women exhibit such great skin as they get older.

The best skin care products attack skin ageing, and the cause of skin wrinkles, by both improving the skin’s stores of collagen and elastin as well as reducing the ability of hyaluronidase in the skin to attack the hyaluronic acid. This is done by including the active ingredients of Phytessence Wakame in the products. Phytessence Wakame is almost a “secret ingredient”, it works so well to protect your hyaluronic acid.

And studies have shown that these products which both increase elastin and collagen in the skin and reduce the effects of hyaluronidase work extremely well to attack the causes of premature wrinkles, to keep the skin more supple and elastic, keep the skin better moisturized and looking better overall. You should see results from their use within weeks.

In fact the company that makes these products is so proud of them that they offer each of their customers a money back guarantee. This is very rare in the anti aging skin care industry.
So there you have some of the most important information there is on preventing wrinkles. The important components of your skin, namely collagen, hyaluronic acid and elastin are all broken down with ageing. But the best skin care products can reverse this.

Preventing sun damage is the number one factor in good skin care. Sunscreens are a part of this, but not all.

There’s a number of factors that contribute enormously to skin aging, most of which we can control. Obviously we cannot control the fact that we’re getting older, however there are many other ingredients in the anti aging mix. And one of them is protection from the sun. Aging skin gets that way, in large part, from skin sun damage.

One of the biggest factors in aging skin is damage from UV radiation. For the best skin care sunscreen is essential, and today we want to look at how to protect your skin from aging from sun damage, which is an essential component of great anti aging skin care. But sunscreen, whilst important for preventing skin sun damage, is only a part of the mix.

The rays of the sun are made up of various components. If you break sunlight down you’ll find that there are various visible and invisible components of different wavelengths.

Some of the invisible components of sunlight are ultraviolet light. Ultraviolet light is the dangerous component of sunlight, and it is UV that leads to skin damage and worse, ultimately to skin cancer, or melanoma.

However aging from sunlight is even more complex than that, because there are different types of UV radiation.
Skin Care Sunscreen

UVA, UVB and UVC are the 3 types of ultraviolet radiation in sunlight. UVC isn’t of concern because it is eliminated by the atmosphere, however UVA and UVB are. It is UVB that burns your skin.

However although it is the UVB radiation that can burn your skin it is not sufficient merely to protect yourself from UVB radiation. Skin sun protection requires protection from both UVB and UVA radiation. And it is UVA radiation that is the form of ultraviolet primarily responsible for skin aging, as well as for the dangerous skin cancers.

It is not well known that the FDA does not require UVA protection in sunscreens. In the summer of 2008 only 29 percent of sunscreens offered UVA protection. The good news is that by the summer of 2009 the percentage of sunscreens offering optimum skin sun protection, mainly UVB and UVA protection rose to 70 percent. However this still means that around 30 percent of sunscreens on the market do not offer UVA protection.

And anyone using one of those sunscreens risks skin damage, more skin aging and even skin cancer. The FDA has proposed a four-star rating system for UVA protection in sunscreens and also proposed that this rating system be indicated on the labels on sunscreen bottles, however this proposal still remains simply as a proposal.

As the FDA do not require that UVA protection be indicated on the label it is a lottery as to whether or not the sunscreen that you use now does or does not offer a UVA protection.

Consumers rightly expect that sunscreens protect them from sun damage to the skin, including skin cancer and skin aging. However currently this is not necessarily the case.
Skin Care Sunscreen

Not only that but there are toxic ingredients in many sunscreens, just as there are in many anti aging products and cosmetics. For instance you’ll find oxybenzone, a hormonal disruptor, in many sunscreens. Laboratory tests have demonstrated that oxybenzone can disrupt the endocrine system and could even contribute to increasing skin cancer.

Not only that are studies by the Environmental Working Group show that around 40 percent of sunscreens can contain ingredients which break down in the sun or become unstable, and which may therefore cause the sunscreen to stop working.

And there are other concerns about sunscreens, for example that some ingredients can absorb into your blood causing allergic reactions and free radicals.

It is now well recognized that the sun can cause skin cancer. Sun damage, however, goes beyond that to being one of the major, if not the major cause of skin aging and wrinkles. As we noted at the start of this article sun damage is totally preventable, and the best anti aging prevention must include efforts to reduce or eliminate skin ageing from the effects of UV radiation. Sunscreens should only be relied on where absolutely necessary, and much effort should be made about choosing your sunscreen. Much better is to wear a long sleeved shirt and a hat or to stay out of the sun, particularly during the worst times of the day from around 11 a.m. to 3 or 4 p.m.

To practice optimum skin care sunscreen is important, but only as a last resort. Don’t get burned and you’re well on your way to much better skin.

And of course proper sun protection isn’t all there is to great anti aging prevention. Using the best (natural) anti aging products is a big part of it also, to help maintain optimum skin health.

Remember, a big part of skin aging is preventable, including skin sun damage. The other huge factor in skin aging that is totally preventable? Smoking.

It’s up to you.

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