Preserve Your Youth

As a person ages the epidermal cells become thinner and less elastic. The thinner cells create a more translucent appearance, and with less elasticity, the skin cannot move back into place and remains looking old and fragile. Collagen is the foundational component that gives skin a youthful and tighter appearance.

The number of epidermal cells and collagen production decreases by ten percent every decade and they divide more slowly as we age making the skin less able to repair itself quickly.

The effects of aging on the dermal layer are significant. Not only does the dermal layer thin, but also less collagen is produced, and the elastin fibers that provide elasticity wear out. These changes in the scaffolding of the skin cause the skin to wrinkle and sag. Also, sebaceous glands get bigger but produce less sebum, and the number of sweat glands decreases. Both of these changes lead to skin dryness.

Certain face creams can improve facial wrinkles, but these are not the most effective way to reduce wrinkles. No-prescription face creams do not get rid of wrinkles – they only serve to hydrate the skin temporarily.

Topical retinoids such as tretinoin and tazarotene are prescription medications used to treat some aspects of aging skin damage.  In order to see results from topical treatments, these creams must be used every day.  Results will become noticeable over the course of several months.

The active ingredient in most anti-aging products is a compound called pentapeptides. Functioning as chemical messengers throughout the body, pentapeptides are small groups of long-chain amino acids. Research found peptide messengers were the key to increasing cells in the skin, which resulted in collagen production. Pentapeptides were then tested for its wound healing properties, and soon found themselves in top product lines across the world.

Skin is held tight and smooth by three fundamental components that work together collagen, hyaluronic acid, and elastin. Aging results in the slow loss of that meshwork’s integrity. The following natural growth factors can repair the skin and leave behind a younger, more youthful look.

Collagen is essential to the skin aging process. It provides the skin with structure and firmness, resulting in less wrinkles and a younger appearance. Certain products can smooth out wrinkles and tighten skin over the course of a few months. These topical products can stimulate collagen production:

Kinetin aids in the stimulation and production of collagen. It helps the skin retain moisture and improves the appearance of wrinkles, and uneven pigmentation.  

Retinol is also an active ingredient in anti-aging creams that have proven effective. Retinol is a vitamin A compound that neutralizes the unstable oxygen molecules that break down skin cells and cause wrinkles.

Hydroxy Acids are derived from natural sugars found in fruits and act as exfoliants. They remove the uppermost layer of dead skin in order to stimulate new skin growth, allowing the other active ingredients to work optimally in repairing and encouraging collagen and healthy skin growth. It is important to note, products that include hydroxy acids increase the skins’ susceptibility to sun damage, making it important to wear sunscreen at least one week after use.

Skin Labs MD provides an extensive variety of skin care products and instruments. Factors that encourage and stimulate skin growth are found in several products, including Skin Medica and Neocutis.

  • Neocutis: Bio-restorative Skin Cream– uses Processed Skin Cell Proteins (PSP) to balance and promote moisture while improving skin texture, tone and firmness. It is also used to promote recovery and skin restoration after a cosmetic or dermatological procedure (chemical peels, microdermabrasion and laser treatments).
  • Neocutis: LUMIÉRE Bio-restorative Eye Cream– uses a combination of Processed Skin Cell Proteins (PSP) and hyaluronic acid to help reduce the appearance of under eye darkness, puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles.
  • NIA: Intensive Recovery Complex– uses ceramides, liposomes, and peptides to firm, tighten and tone the face as well as restore even coloration. Ceramides are a fatty acid that improves the skin’s ability to retain moisture. Liposomes penetrate through the skin and enhance the skin’s moisture absorption. Peptides are involved in the skin’s production of collagen, which tightens skin and smoothes out wrinkles.
  • Skin Medica– comes in a variety of forms such as creams, foam and soap-free facial cleansers. This hydrating product reduces the appearance of visible redness and underlying causes of redness with the use of high concentrations of vitamins A, C, and E as well as hyaluronic acid to improve the appearance of the delicate skin around the eyes.