How to Rejuvenate Skin Cells Naturally
Scientists have been doing a lot of research about a subject called cellular rejuvenation. It is the biological process that allows skin cells to regenerate.
In the simplest terms, old skin cells fall off and new ones take their place. The process is a continuous one, going on from the time you are born. But as you get older, it slows down.
The slowdown in cellular rejuvenation is one of the causes of skin aging. Not only are the outer cells slow to be replaced, the elastic collagen fibers responsible for your skin’s firmness start to degrade.
It normally takes years for your body to make a new collagen fiber.
On top of that, there is free radical damage, something you may have heard about.
Companies selling antioxidant supplements talk about it all the time. It is one of the causes of aging throughout your body. It is also a major cause of wrinkles.
The scientists have been investigating ways to stimulate the cellular rejuvenation processes or keep them from slowing down.
They have also investigated the effects of free radicals and how the effects can be reversed. Here’s what they have learned.
Your skin needs Nourishment
Yes, it is really that simple. We need to nourish our skin from the inside out by eating right and maybe taking some good supplements.
It seems that an extra helping of nutrients makes everything in the body work a little better.
We also need to nourish our skin from the outside in, if we want to look good.
Today’s advanced nutrient-rich skincare products make it easy to do that.
In the old days, women’s beauty secrets included the use of masks made from things like honey, seaweed and olive oil. Some people still use homemade facials.
They might help a little bit, because they do have some nutritional value. But you really can’t use them on a daily basis. There’s also a problem with penetration.
How to Rejuvenate Skin Cells Naturally
In order to get the nutrients where they need to go, they have to be able to penetrate through the skin’s outer layers. Only the more advanced products can do that.
Many of the products you see on the market contain collagen and hyaluronic acid. They would be great, if they could penetrate.
Dermatologists have said that collagen and hyaluronic acid cannot penetrate into your skin.
Other nutrients can boost collagen production and increase the skin’s own hyaluronic acid levels.
Those are the ones we need. We also need antioxidants capable of penetrating the skin’s surface to prevent and repair free radical damage.
In a moment, I’ll give you a list of ingredients to look for. They are the ones that have been scientifically proven to support and stimulate the skin’s natural rejuvenation processes.
Some of the benefits seen in clinical studies include wrinkle reduction and improved firmness.
Before I get to the anti-aging ingredients, you should know about some things that will actually age your skin.
If you want to look great today and tomorrow, those are things you want to avoid. The use of nourishing high quality skin care products will help protect against the things we cannot avoid.
Here’s what you can avoid.
Overexposure to the Sun
Overexposure to the sun is a cause of premature skin aging. The underlying reason has to do with free radical damage.
Antioxidants can help, but the safest solution is to avoid overexposure.
You need some sunlight for your body to produce vitamin D, an important antioxidant.
The best idea is to let the sun shine on your arms and legs. Shade your face with a hat and always wear UV protective sunglasses.
Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are mineral-based sunscreens that are safe and effective. Research has shown that many of the chemical sunscreens on the market penetrate into the skin and actually cause the formation of free radicals.
Check your makeup and other skincare products for ingredients like oxybenzone, avobenzone and benzophenone. They are chemical sunscreens derived from cancer-causing benzene.
Harsh Cleansers and Alcohol
Harsh cleansers and alcohol are drying. Excessive dryness is a cause of skin aging. Toners, astringents and men’s aftershave typically contain high concentrations of alcohol.
When you are cleaning your skin, you want to be gentle.
Scrubbing causes irritation and inflammation. Inflammation damages and degrades collagen fibers.
To clean out your pores, the best choice is a clay-based deep cleansing mask.
Clay extracts called kaolin and bentone gel attract dirt particles and gently pull them out of your pores.
Even kaolin could cause excessive dryness if it is used too often or the concentration is too high.
Manufacturers suggest you use your deep cleansing mask every two weeks.
Creams Containing Artificial Preservatives or Added Fragrances
Artificial preservatives and fragrance ingredients are common causes of irritation. Where there’s irritation, there is inflammation.
The better companies include natural vitamin E as a preservative. They don’t add fragrance ingredients, because their natural plant extracts and oils have mild pleasant scents.
Face Cream or Body Lotion containing Mineral Oil or Petrolatum
Mineral oil and petrolatum are greasy byproducts created when crude oil is converted to gasoline. Many face creams and most body lotions contain one or the other.
According to dermatologists, mineral oil and petrolatum can cause premature skin aging if they are used on a regular basis. While they initially make your skin feel slick and moisturized, they eventually cause dryness.
Now, let’s talk about the good stuff!
There are many natural ingredients with anti-aging activity.
For example, applying avocado extract has been shown to cause an increase in the amount of collagen present in the skin.