Want healthier, younger looking skin? You’ve come to the right place!
Here you will learn all about what it takes to have the healthiest, youngest looking skin possible throughout your life. First, let me tell you a little bit about your skin. I promise not to bore you with too many details.
Your skin is one of the organs of your body that is capable of natural rejuvenation. What does that mean?
It means there are stem cells beneath your skin’s surface that continuously make new copies of themselves for as long as you live. The process may slow down with age, but it doesn’t stop completely.
If the process stopped, we would become skin-less because we lose millions of skin cells every day. Those cells must be replaced.
It is because of this rejuvenation process that imperfections can be repaired naturally over time…
• Pimples and other injuries can heal
• Freckles and age spots can fade away
• Scars can heal and lighten
• Skin tone can even out and lighten
• Stretch marks can fade
• Wrinkle depth can be reduced
• Fine lines can disappear
• Sagging skin can become tighter
• Dark circles and bags under the eyes can be reduced
Skin conditions like eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis can heal, too. But any of those conditions and the problems described above can get worse, if you’re not careful to use the best skincare products.
The visible signs of aging and most skin conditions are related to poor nutrition, inflammation and free radical damage. The best skincare products can provide some of the nutrients your skin needs. They can fight inflammation and help to prevent free radical damage.
The average skincare product contains no nutrients and can cause inflammation and free radical damage.
Just like every other organ of your body, your skin needs nutrients. For example, vitamin C is needed as a co-factor for your body to produce collagen, the protein responsible for your skin’s firmness and elasticity.
Collagen is an ingredient in many anti wrinkle, anti-aging skincare creams. Collagen applied to the skin’s surface does not reduce wrinkles or promote firmness because the process of collagen production goes on deep below the surface and it is impossible for the ingredient to penetrate that deeply.
There are, however, ingredients that promote collagen production, as well as the production of new skin cells. There are ingredients that penetrate deeply to prevent and repair free radical damage.
You might have questions about free radical damage. Here are two of the questions I hear most often.
What is free radical damage? Simply put, it is a lot like rust, otherwise known as oxidation.
Scientifically, it occurs when molecules that are missing an electron steal one from one of the cells of your body. In this case, when free radicals act on the skin’s stem cells, the new cells being produced are not exact copies of the original. They are mutated in some way.
A little free radical damage can lead to age spots. A lot can lead to melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
Where do free radicals come from? There are numerous sources of free radicals. Some are naturally present within the skin as a result of normal cellular processes.
Antioxidants such as superoxide dismutase are naturally present within the skin. The antioxidants’ main function as it relates to our bodies is to neutralize free radicals. They do that by voluntarily donating an electron turning the radical into a harmless molecule.
There are free radicals in cigarette smoke and in air pollution. UV rays of sunlight increase the number of free radicals within the skin, which is why excessive UV exposure is a cause of skin cancer.
Because there are so many sources of free radicals bombarding your skin, the skin’s antioxidant level can quickly be depleted. When that happens your skin’s stem cells can be damaged. Eating lots of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables can help protect you.
Using antioxidant-rich skincare products can help even more, but only if the antioxidants selected by the manufacturer can be absorbed by your skin.
For some reason, our skin contains more free radicals as we age. This is one of the reasons that skin sometimes becomes rough and wrinkled. You don’t have to let your skin get that way. If it already is, it can improve, if you use the right skincare products.
The other thing I mentioned was inflammation. Inflammation plays a role in cellular aging. It plays a role in cancer and in wrinkle formation.
The foods you eat can contribute to the inflammatory process or inhibit it. For example, simple sugar and refined grains cause spikes in blood sugar levels that may lead to the production of grotesque molecules aptly called AGEs. Recently, scientists have said that AGEs are a cause of wrinkles.
Many common ingredients favored by the major cosmetic industry are actually allergens and irritants. Allergic reaction or irritation causes the immune system to produce inflammatory molecules. Skin redness is a visible sign of inflammation.
Cleansers should not cause redness or dryness. Creams, lotions and other cosmetics should not cause stinging or burning. They should be soothing. They should make your skin feel refreshed and moisturized.
Dryness is another big cause of wrinkles and other skin conditions. The outer layers of skin cells are capable of absorbing relatively large amounts of water because they contain a protein called keratin.
Unlike collagen, the protein keratin can be absorbed into your skin if it is manufactured properly. As it is absorbed it can carry in needed moisture and other nutrients, such as antioxidants.
This absorbable form of keratin (also called bioactive keratin) is one of the nutrients that have been shown in clinical trials to stimulate collagen production. It has also been shown to stimulate increased production of new skin cells. So, the repair processes that usually take a long time can be sped up.
As the damaged, hyper-pigmented, rough or dry cells are sloughed off, new ones can be produced to take their place more quickly. If you are using the best skincare products, those new undamaged ones may be lighter in color, softer or more perfect in other ways than the ones they are replacing.
Bioactive keratin also has proven anti-inflammatory activity. Unlike other skincare products, ingredients containing the ingredient can help reduce inflammation and any accompanying redness or irritation.
For example, if you have a pimple that is red and inflamed, the ingredient can help to reduce the redness and the accompanying inflammation. Skin redness is sometimes associated with getting older. The ingredient can’t help you stay young, but it can help you avoid the redness.
Another benefit associated with the ingredient has to do with free radical damage. Not only does the ingredient have antioxidant activity, it has been shown to cause an increase in the skin’s most potent antioxidant, one I mentioned earlier on this page, superoxide dismutase.
The increase in superoxide dismutase helps reverse hyper-pigmentation or brown age spots caused by UV exposure and free radical damage.
You see. Some antioxidants can actually reverse free radical damage. For example, Coenzyme Q-10 has been shown to repair cellular damage caused by free radical activity.
Last but, not least, bioactive keratin is one of the most effective moisturizers on the market, possibly the most effective. Not only does it cause an increase in the skin’s moisture content once it is applied, it increases the skin’s ability to retain moisture. That has been proven through scientific measurements of skin cell moisture content.
Bioactive keratin can be found in a proprietary ingredient called Xtend-TK. No ingredient can do it all. But if there were a miracle ingredient, it would be Xtend-TK. The ingredient is found in all Xtend-Life skincare products.
Xtend-Life skincare products also contain a form of coenzyme Q10 that can penetrate deeply into all of the skin’s layers. The ingredient is called Nano-lipobelle H EQ10.
In one study of topically applied coenzyme Q10, scientists saw a 30% reduction in wrinkles related to sun damage after three months of use. Xtend-Life chose Nano-lipobelle H EQ10, because it can penetrate better than standard COQ10. So, the results could be even better.
There is one more cause of sagging, wrinkles and other visible signs of aging that I hadn’t mentioned before. That cause is a decreased level of hyaluronic acid.
You may have seen hyaluronic acid listed as an ingredient, possibly the only “active” ingredient in some of the expensive anti-wrinkle creams on the market. But, like collagen, hyaluronic acid cannot penetrate into the skin. So, there are no benefits of that ingredient, even though it has become extremely popular.
Xtend-Life has found an ingredient that boosts the skin’s hyaluronic acid levels by blocking the enzyme that breaks it down. That ingredient is called Phytessence Wakame. It is derived from a certain kind of seaweed or kelp. The ingredient is in all of their skincare products.
Xtend-Life has addressed all of the known causes of skin aging, except poor nutrient intake. Only you can do that. Xtend-Life can do everything else for you, if you simply use their complete line of anti-aging, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory skincare products.