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Why Do Some Women Age Faster Than Others?

I remember when I first looked in the mirror and thought, “Where did these wrinkles come from?”.  It felt as if I aged ten years suddenly overnight.  Why did this happen to me out of all people? How come I didn’t notice this before? To better understand what’s happening, we need to learn how our skin ages.

1) Wrinkles come from the “inner” skin, not the “outer” skin

Your skin has three layers, the “outer” layer, called the epidermis, it is the skin we can see.  The dermis, the “inner” skin is right below it and below that is the subcutaneous tissue. We start seeing wrinkles and sagging skin when our skin stops producing as much collagen and elastin matrix as when we were 18.  That’s when our “inner” skin loses its firmness and wrinkles form. Think of your skin as a house.  The “inner” skin are the columns that hold the roof and the “outer” skin is the roof.  Once your skin starts losing collagen and elastin, the columns start collapsing, then the roof, your “outer” skin, starts sagging.  Hence, we get the wrinkles we dread.

Bottom line: Aging starts with our inner skin, not our outer skin

 2) Collagen and elastin start decreasing from the age of 18

 Collagen: On a very basic level – it’s a protein that makes 1/3 of the protein in our body.  They act as supporting structures and anchor cells together.  It gives skin its strength and elasticity.  Collagen is found in the “inner” skin, the dermis.  It helps form the network of cells and plays a role in replacing and restoring dead skin cells.

Elastin: It’s a key protein for our skin.  Its incredibly elastic and it helps return our skin to its normal shape after stretching and contracting.  

We start losing 1% of collagen and elastin every year from the age of 18. By the time we reach out 40s, we are losing about 2% every year. This means that on average we lose about 9% of our skin thickness every 10 years. The loss in collagen & elastin accelerates as we reach our 50s and 60s.

Bottom Line: Controlling the loss of collagen & elastin is the key to controlling how our skin ages.

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3) There is a “tipping point” for all of us

The tipping point is at which a series of small changes becomes significant enough to cause a larger change. The tipping point for our skin differs for everyone, and it’s impossible to know our personal tipping points.

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Is there a way to control the process of aging?

The good news is – yes.  Its much simpler than you might think.  It is important to not only take care of the outer layer of our skin but all three layers.  The mistake many people make is that we focus on addressing symptoms such as wrinkles and sagging skin.  In order to get healthy skin, we need to focus on all layers.

1) The best skin health doesn’t cost anything and can start right at home.

1. Getting at least 6-7 hours of GOOD sleep

2. Drinking at least eight 8oz glasses of water

3. Minimize alcohol intake - it dries out your skin! 

4. Wear facial sunscreen, you will thank us later

There is no miracle cream that will reverse aging, our skin has three distinct layers and we need to treat each layer differently.


2) Protect your skin from the ☀️

No seriously, we mean it.  The sun is the leading cause of premature aging.  The sun’s rays break down collagen and inhibits new collagen from developing.  Even when it is cloudy, wear a facial sunscreen.  You’ll thank us one day – we promise.


3) Heal and protect damaged skin

You skin is made from distinct layers.  You need to treat each later differently

Use a potent face serum:

We highly recommend using  a Vitamin C serum that helps repair your face after years of sun exposure.  Our Brightening Potion is a potent serum that contains Vitamin C Serum and Orange Stem Cells.  The serum improves skin tone, dark circles and helps with sun damage. The best part is, our serum is gel based, so friends with acne and oily skin love our products. 

Eye serums go a long way to fight wrinkles:

The first signs of aging are seen around our eyes.  Use a serum that increases blood circulation around the eyes, reduces dark circles and puffiness as well as signs of aging as it fights free radicals and collagen damage.  Our Collagen Super Eye Serum has a potent peptide that helps your skin promote collagen growth and help with the appearance of wrinkles.  

A daily moisturizer is a must:

Over time, the sun and environment wears down our skin’s natural defenses.  Find a moisturizer that combats the damaging effects of UV radiation by helping rebuild and repair the skin at a cellular level.   


 The Bottom Line:

Its never too late to start taking care of your skin. 

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