How do we age? One of the greatest contributors to ageing skin is free radical damage caused by the sun, pollution, chemicals (makeup or products), internal damage caused by poor diet or smoking. Youthful supple skin is a reflection of the health of the body and the amount of fat stored in the layers just below the surface of the skin. As we age, there is significant fat loss, causing the skin to sag and wrinkle. Over time Hyaluronic Acid (HA) production (one of the critical anti-ageing compounds we produce naturally), cell movement, skin flora and health gradually decreases. By age 70 most people have lost up to 80% of the hyaluronic acid they had at 40. While there is a reduction in the production of collagen and HA, the skin becomes thinner and loses its elasticity resulting in facial sag and the inability to repair.
Olive Fruit Extract and Green Tea
A higher intake of olives and olive fruit extracts have been shown to result in fewer wrinkles. The olive fruit contains Verbascoside, an antioxidant that that has exceptional effect on the health of skin. The intake of olives and olive fruit extracts (oil) protects the skin against mediated free radical degeneration, one of the leading causes of premature ageing.
Green Tea contains EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate) a healthy elixir that has the ability to protect the skin against free radical damage, particularly, damage caused by ultraviolet radiation.
A major component of skin, hyaluronic acid is heavily involved in promoting and enhancing the skin’s collagen matrix (or structure). When skin becomes damaged by free radicals this causes inflammation, skin cells become inflamed and start producing less and less hyaluronic acid. This leads to wrinkle formation. HA is a naturally occurring compound, the production of this naturally decreases with age.
Hyaluronic Acid Treatments
Hyaluronic acid injections are used in medical spas to fill in wrinkles. Research has suggested that taking hyaluronic acid supplements may be a more effective solution. It is believed that supplements containing HA may have a longer lasting effect on the overall health and production of HA within the skin.
Clinical studies have shown that hyaluronic supplements (topical) have the ability to increase the skin’s moisture content, resulting in a dramatic improvement the skin’s appearance among patients with dry and rough skin.
Silicon is an essential element needed for the normal growth and development of skin, hair, and nails—which require healthy collagen formation. Studies show that a highly bioavailable and stabilized form of silicon can increase levels of hydroxyproline, an amino acid involved in collagen and elastin production.