BY: Lively Staff

May 1, 2014

Skin Aging

Skin changes are among the most visible signs of skin aging. There has been a considerable increase in understanding how skin ages, along with significant progress toward the correction and prevention of the visible signs of aging. Evidence of increasing age include fine lines, wrinkles and loss of elasticity such as sagging skin. Skin changes are related to environmental factors, genetic makeup, nutrition, and other factors. With aging, the outer skin layer (epidermis) thins, even though the number of cell layers remains unchanged. Changes in the connective tissue reduce the skin’s strength and elasticity. This is known as elastosis.

What Causes Skin Aging?

Skin aging can be caused by a number of different factors.

Environmental factors such as excessive sun exposure and air pollution can be attributed to skin aging. We still need sunlight to feel our best, but too much can be a factor for skin. When you know you’re getting a little too much sun, cover up with some shade or clothing.

Smoking is another factor brought into play with aging skin. Some studies have shown that smoking leads to an increase of elastosis.

There are many other factors that play into skin aging, like lack of sleep, going to sleep with your makeup on, lack of exercise and using harsh skin care products.


Skin Supplements

Besides balancing your diet with whole based nutrition and getting a good amount of exercise and sleep, supplements for skin can also help promote healthy skin aging.

When collagen is digested, the peptides are attracted to cells that synthesize collagen in the human body, fibroblasts, and are the most common cells of connective tissues in the skin. Collagen peptides may bring about the production and reorganization of new collagen fibers by stimulating the fibroblasts cells [1].

Addressing these skin care concerns is a lifelong process. Good nutrition and adequate fluids are helpful and can dramatically improve the youthful, healthy appearance of skin. Maintaining the right amount of collagen is the key to beautiful skin. Collagen is primarily composed of the amino acids glycine, proline, alanine and hydroxyproline. These amino acids appear to be needed to maintain the amount of collagen at healthy levels and thus prevent skin aging, which are abundant in Vital Proteins Collagen.

[1] Postlethwaite, A.E., Seyer, J.M., and Kang, A.H. 1978. Chemotactic attraction of human fibroblasts to type I, II, and II collagens and collagen-derived peptides. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 75(2): 871-875.

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