Skin As A Mirror Of Our Health: The Secret to Youth

When people began living longer, aging skin became an area of research for scientists and experts in the skin care industry.  That, coupled with a growing over-50 population frequenting esthetic clinics and spas in hot pursuit of the Fountain of Youth, has resulted in a number of new techniques and fresh products for skin regeneration.

According to the latest pharmaceutical researchers, many innovative active ingredients are being created by cosmetic chemists who are using them to formulate advanced and improved skin topicals. Reliable studies have confirmed that cutting-edge topical ingredients can dramatically regenerate the skin.

One of the largest research studies in the field was done by Carmen Fusco, a professor of nutrition at NY Medical College. She focused on nutrient-dense compounds that provide a regenerating effect for skin. According to her 35 years of work, topical nutrients are able to inhibit DNA damage and thus, protect cells.

Fusco believes that “Active ingredients in our moisturizers work cooperatively to repair the tissue, boost cell energy and prevent free radical damage.”  Signs of aging occur when the fibroblast cells that restore damaged collagen fibers can no longer complete the repair. Topicals containing some of the new ingredients, applied directly to the skin, complete the repair process and effectively balance the skin.  The result is the restoration of skin balance and a more youthful appearance. The role of skin care professionals is to educate clients that their youth can be reclaimed with key anti-aging ingredients in a topical product.

In order to nourish the skin topically, scientists identified some the most effective compounds that are responsible for long-term skin rejuvenation:

Alpha Hydroxy Acids( AHA)- A group of water-soluble acids that hold skin cells together. They stimulate fibroblasts to produce collagen and elastin to strengthen the matrix and firm the skin.

Hyaluronic Acid – A humistant and volumizing agent that naturally promotes skin hydration.

Marine algae extract – Improves the extracellular matrix, or dermal network of collagen,

elastine and hyaluronic acid.

Peptides group – Collagen formation and helps transport nutrients to the deepest skin layers. They work by sending biochemical messages to the cells. The most popular peptides are

Acetyl hexipeptide 8 and Pentapeptide (Matrixyl).

Lipids – Ceramides, Sphingolipids Phospholipids – Cell hydration and regeneration.

Antioxidants and Botanicals: Vitamins A, C, E, Bioflavonoid, Polyphenols.

Plant Stem Cells – Collagen boosters, cell rejuvenators.

Delivery System – Essential factor for product formulation.

Have you ever wondered why some products penetrate the skin surface immediately, while others remain on the skin without absorption? In order to deliver superior results, the product formula must have a good delivery system, as it is essential for the ingredients to get to the deepest layers of the skin. Like using daily multi-vitamin supplements, these active compounds could be spread on as a lotion, providing inside-out regeneration. Commercial skin care products normally focus on no more than 2 or 3 active ingredients, which is not enough to repair skin damage.

Life factors that accelerate the premature aging:

Stress – weakens the skin cells

Sleep loss- miss hormonal rejuvenation

Excess sun exposure- DNA damage

Low-antioxidants diet- oxidative damage

Toxins – organ damage

Free radicals – DNA damage

High-process food diet – cell damage

Low essential fatty acids diet – dries the skin

The full range of topical agents works synergistically, resulting in more youthful, firmer, healthier, and vibrant skin. Here are some of the most important ingredients that we all should look for in our daily skin care products:

Lactic Acid



Green Tea Leaf Extract

Ginseng Root Extract

Aloe Vera

Chamomile Extract

Silk Amino Acids

Hydrolyzed Rice Protein


Hyaluronic Acid



Red Tea Extract

Homecare is the most important part of any skin care program because it regenerates the skin and the cells by active substances 24/7. Everyone, regardless of age, wants to see healthy, glowing skin looking in the mirror. Ask your skin care specialist about designing the best anti-aging program specifically for your skin to protect it from undesirable age factors. Adding these nutrient-rich, essential topical compounds into your daily skin care regimen will be a great multi-factorial defense against the loss of youthful-looking skin.



Anna Golub is an award-winning skin care specialist, nutritionist and herbalist with a background in biology and medical technology. As an innovator and proponent of organic skin care, she has accumulated more than 20 years of study, research and professional experience in paramedical esthetic, as well as anti-aging and holistic skin care. She is the owner of Renaissance Clinique and formulator of Vitana skin care. For more information, call 405-521-0762 or visit

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