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Choosing the best skin care routine for yourself is overwhelming, especially with a laundry list of possible products. Recommending skin care for your mother-in-law, your best-friend’s cousin, and 8-10 of your closest acquaintances is mind boggling!
I was thinking about how to further educate myself, started doing research, and this blog post was created. It’s sort of like a summarized product knowledge with my spin and peer reviewed research to support the claims. It can be used a general guide for when troubleshooting customer concerns and making product recommendations.
My skin journey:
In my early 20’s, I would have described my skin as oily. By my late 20’s I noticed changes. I went from needing to wash my face with a strong cleanser to not using cleanser and applying moisturizer daily. I have always struggled with blackheads (oh, and a mustache, but SeneGence isn’t gunna help me with that).
As I near the mid-point of my 3rd decade, the signs of aging have started to appear. I think often about how I should care for the largest organ in my body and how those needs change with age. What should I do now to have great skin into my 50’s and beyond?!?
Aging skin: The intrinsic effects
Skin aging is a complex biological process influenced by combination of external and genetic factors. Wrinkles, thinning, sagging, and dryness are all part of the intrinsic process. There is no cure for aging. In fact, it’s influenced by genetics. If your mother got wrinkles in her 30’s, chances are good you will too.
Our skin cells reproduce by dividing. With age, the dividing process slows. The process that limits the cell division number is called cellular or replicative senescence. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1087002415301969
The process known as cellular senescence was linked to both tumor suppression and aging over 50 years ago (Hayflick 1965). A quick Google search will indicate researchers have also linked cellular senescence to hyperplastic pathologies, the deadliest of which is cancer. There are several publications where you can read about such cheery topics. Here is a link: Aging, Cellular Senescence and Cancer.
The connective tissue of the skin is composed mostly of collagen and elastin. Collagen, making approximately 70% of the dermis, promotes skin thickness and elasticity, and gives the skin its firmness, fullness, and structure. As skin ages it doesn’t replace itself as quickly, therefore elastin and collagen, the proteins that keep skin strong and elastic, are produced more slowly. Intrinsically aged skin is thin, finely wrinkled, and dry. Gradual loss of skin elasticity leads to sagging.
Aging skin: The external effects
Solar irradiation, especially ultraviolet radiation, causes skin to look prematurely aged. Premature photoaged skin typically shows a thickened epidermis, mottled discoloration, deep wrinkles, laxity, dullness, and roughness. The majority of the structural changes we see in our skin come from UV damage.
Please protect your skin from the sun! Applying a sunscreen of SPF30 or above daily helps shield our skin against future signs of premature skin aging.
Unstable free radical molecules, like those from pollution and UVA, can prey on the electrons in your skin cells, leading to inflammation, uneven skin tone, and signs of premature skin aging.
Balance negative external effects with beneficial additions. Antioxidants help prevent such damage by giving free radicals what they want before they attack your cells. Best of all, you can reinforce your skin health inside and outside when you eat a diet rich in antioxidants and apply antioxidant-rich skin care. SeneGence products protect you from UV and free radicals!
Aging is a basic fact of life for biological organisms. The good news is there are steps we can take to help control the external factors contributing to skin aging. Skin care. Skin care. Skin care.
Aging skin: blame it on the estrogen
20s: Estrogen production peaks around this time, keeping skin wrinkle-free, even toned, and glowing. Cellular senescence has already begun. Constant UV exposure will begin to take its toll. Get in the habit of using sunscreen. Do not wait to do this! Excessive UV exposure will lead to signs of photoaging as early as the second decade if skin is not protected.
30s: Skin turn over has begun to slow, and fine lines and wrinkles start to show. (Ha! That’s a rhyme!) In addition to applying sunscreen daily, start taking your skincare seriously. This is a good time to introduce eye creams & night serums. Vitamins A, C and E, applied directly to the skin, help prevent the breakdown of collagen by reducing free radicals created by pollution, drinking, exercise, and UV sunlight. Vitamins C & E, in particular, keep skin tone even and help lighten discoloration from breakouts, pregnancy, birth control, and hormones.
40s: In addition to everything that began in your 30’s, this is the decade when sebum production begins to decline due to pre-menopause or, in some cases, full-on menopause. Fat loss begins resulting in excess skin causing wrinkles and bags.
50s and beyond: Ovaries begin to stop producing estrogen, which leads to decreased collagen levels. Estrogen naturally stimulates and boosts collagen production. In the first 5 years following menopause the skin loses up to 30% of its collagen. The skin thus becomes thinner, especially after the seventh decade. Following a strict skincare regimen can keep your skin hydrated and younger-looking longer by boosting collagen and increasing skin cell turnover.
Caring for your skin: Recommendations and ingredient highlights
(Did you skip all the research (methods) and skip to the recommendations (results) section? Shhhh! Don’t tell, but I do that too.)
The bottom line? The rate of cellular turn over decreases with age. To keep your skin looking young, use products/ingredients that increase cellular turnover (take home #1). No problem. SeneGence has SenePlex complex! All SeneDerm, SeneDerm Solutions and creamy SenseCosmetics have SenePlex Complex, meaning it’s ALL anti-aging. Using the ShadowSense (for concealer, highlight, contour, eye liner, eye shadow) is good for your skin. Makeup is skincare (take home #2).
The best place to start (for everyone) is moisturizer, cleanser, or both. These are the easiest products to remember to use and once you get good quality, you know it. SeneDerm skincare has 4 special formulations.
Exfoliating can help keep skin looking smooth & young. 30+ and feel like you need a little extra to remove dry dull patches? Facial resurfacer & polishing exfoliator are for you. Exfoliating particles are volcanic ash & sand meaning they are a naturally occurring, renewable material that is free of fungal & bacterial contamination. It has been suggested that exfoliative cleaning promotes regeneration of the epidermal tissues such that the skin regains suppleness. It has also been proposed that the penetration of cosmetic or dermo-pharmaceutical products is facilitated by exfoliation.
Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is essential for healthy skin. Unfortunately, it easily decomposes to biologically inactive compounds, making it difficult to maintain the concentration needed to achieve visual skin enhancing effects. SeneSerum-C contains beads of stabilized Vitamin C (Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate) to prevent oxidization and maximize the age fighting potency. Results indicate that vitamin C enhanced collagen synthesis 3-fold in human skin fibroblasts. SeneGence may use technology similar to this to allow the vitamin C molecules to penetrate the skin barrier and enhance appearance.
Become an age fighting ninja! Improve collagen production with plant based marine collagen (extracts of which form the UGL complex), common bamboo (Bambousa
vulgarus) and Pisum sativum in the Collagen Night Pak. Topically applied collagen molecules are too large to penetrate the skin, thus remain on the surface, ineffectual at improving the skin’s underlying structure. Topical anti-aging products containing the UGL complex provides short-term improvement and long-term improvement in the appearance of facial skin.
Bambusa vulagarus is noted as having skin smoothing impacts in skin with elevations and depressions. Extracts from the common garden pea (Pisum sativum) contain saponins and/or sapogenols and have been used in cosmetic compositions that promote an increase in the amount of collagen. Extract of bamboo and pea are also found in in MakeSense Silk Pore & Wrinkle Minimizer, SeneDerm Advanced Hydration Body Lotion, and SeneDerm Self-Tanning Bronzing Coconut Milk.
I loved doing these little blurbs!! Want more mini botanical reviews? Help me, help you!
Green tea (Camellia sinensis) leaf extract is a popular ingredient in cosmetic industry due research indicating its ability to inhibit the body’s immune suppression and skin cancer induction resulting from UVB exposure. The powerful antioxidant ability is provided by polyphenol epigallocatechin-3-gallate or EGCG polyphenols. Suncreens formulated with a little was 2-5% green extract have be shown to protect against photo-aging and thickening of the epidermis. Find green tea extract in SeneSerum-C, color correcting tinted moisturizer, silk pore & wrinkle minimizer and the anti-wrinkle treatment.
Banish dark under eye circles with Lilium candidum in SeneGence dark circle under eye treatment. Madonna lily flower has a long history of herbal use but is not extensively descried by researchers. In 2013 a paper on Periocular hyperpigmentation stated that creams containing Lilium candidum were a promising treatment option for dark circles. Traditionally, the flowers and the blub have been used in wound healing, to soothe and protect irritated or inflamed tissue and as an emollient.