Maintaining youthful skin with topical antioxidants
Looking older is not completely inevitable. With proper care, you can avoid wrinkles, age spots and coarse, leathery skin changes.
As you know, skin-ageing changes are the result of the inability of your skin cells to repair itself. Damage can occur to cell membranes, dermal collagen fibers, melanocytes and DNA. For example, ultraviolet light damages your skin cell membranes so your skin gets rough and coarse. It also damages dermal collagen, resulting in a sallow skin tone, inelastic and wrinkled skin, and a cobbled skin texture. Damage to melanocytes causes abnormal pigment production, or brown age spots. Damaged DNA, among other things, can cause skin cancer.
Our cells have many mechanisms to correct different types of cellular damage. Unfortunately, the mechanisms cannot be 100% effective, and they can be overwhelmed by intense or cumulative damage. Damaged DNA is particularly problematic, since it is the translation of DNA into normal proteins that both allows other cellular components to be repaired, and allows a normal daughter cell to be produced before the skin cell dies. Ultraviolet damage is like a 1950’s commie plot, causing the system to break down due to attack from within.
Now, broad-spectrum sunscreens absorb a tremendous amount of ultraviolet, assuming you put it on, put it on heavily enough, and replace it often enough throughout the day. In the best of situations, however, some cellular damage will inevitably occur. While ultraviolet will directly damage your skin cells, a lot of its damaging effect is mediated by free-radicals. These are oxidative molecules that steal electrons from other molecules and thus damage the structure that was attacked (like your DNA or those cell membranes).
After considering the various anti-oxidants available, I have chosen Revale for sale at our office. Revale contains the most potent anti-oxidant available topically, derived from coffee berries. It neutralizes free radical formation and protects your skin from oxidative damage. If you use this regularly, with frequent application of a good sunblock, you should age more slowly and look younger when others will look old.
Not as sexy a benefit, but your risk of skin cancer should also be lower.
The day-cream contains a good sunblock, suitable for a day in the office. The night-cream contains a higher level of coffee berry extract, and the cleanser prepares your skin well for absorption of the products. It works very well with a Clarisonic cleanser, which increases penetration even more.
When sun damage has already occurred, we have several other product lines for more active rejuvenation. See our web site for details.