The Skin Aging Process
There are two main processes that contribute to aging: genetics and the environment. Environmental exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, smoking, wind and chemicals cause roughness, fine lines, sagging, irregular pigmentation and decreased skin elasticity. The primary mechanism by which UV and other factors damage skin cells is by creating reactive oxygen species that damage nucleic acids, lipids and proteins, including collagen. When collagen is damaged, the structural integrity of the skin is compromised, which causes wrinkle formation. Damage to nucleic acids also contributes to the formation of skin cancers. Antioxidants such as Vitamin C, E, and A neutralize the free radicals and protect the skin. They also help build collagen, improving the appearance of the skin. MD GLAM products contain essential antioxidants to minimize the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines while also helping to protect the skin from environmental damage.
Good nutrition is essential to the skin. Although there is limited data specifically investigating nutritional supplements on skin aging and wrinkle prevention, there is a large body of evidence showing that many nutrients are beneficial for the skin and overall health. Living a healthy lifestyle is critical to having good, healthy skin. Also, avoiding smoking and sun exposure are two of the most important things one can do to prevent premature aging and skin damage. I always tell my patients to eat foods rich in antioxidants, drink lots of water, and exercise. Taking care of your body on the inside is essential to looking young from the inside out.