The sun quickly makes us look really old. Our slow aging tips for the summer.
The suitcase is packed and you count the hours until you can dig your feet into the warm, soft sand and your skin is kissed by the sun? The price the skin pays for this could be too high. Because photo-aging is the technical term for when we are exposed to the sun without protection and the UV rays cause damage to our skin. This includes the breakdown of collagen, irregular pigmentation, wrinkles and age spots.
There are many different ways to protect our skin and go for slow aging instead of photo aging. The best way is to avoid direct sunlight. But sometimes this can be impossible in the summer. But in addition to the obligatory use of sunscreen creams, science is now finding out how to protect the skin from the inside – slow aging is the name of the game.
How the sun damages the skin
Sunlight has a wide spectrum of wavelengths. Basically there are a) the visible light that we see, b) the infrared radiation we feel and c) ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which we can neither see nor feel.
Most skin cancers – and up to 90% of visible signs of aging – are caused by these two types of UV rays:
- UVB rays: These “burning” rays are responsible for the tan, but also the sunburn and the risk of cancer. Regardless of weather conditions, up to 80% of the rays can penetrate and damage the skin.
- UVA rays: Also known as “aging” rays, these cause less sunburn than UVB rays, but are by no means less dangerous; they penetrate deeper into the skin and can cause photoaging.
Early signs of photo aging
- Burst blood vessels on the nose, cheeks and neck
- Lips that start to lose color, fullness and definition
- Different pigmented spots like freckles, age spots or liver spots
- Wrinkles around the eyes and mouth increase, become deeper
- Red, rough, scaly patches may appear (these may be precancerous and require treatment)
Among other things, photo-aging is blamed on the formation of reactive oxygen compounds, also known as free radicals. Free radicals have one or more unpaired electrons in the shell, which leads to a high reactivity of the molecules. This means that they can easily oxidize other molecules and basically react easily with other substances. And that’s bad for our cells. Free radicals are now seen as primarily responsible for the aging process and as contributors to many chronic diseases.
Slow aging active ingredients from nature
OPC is a major component in pine bark extract. Its full name is “oligomeric proanthocyanidin” (OPC for short). This substance from the bark of certain varieties of pine has a strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect. Because science shows that it effectively neutralizes free radicals, prevents mutations at the DNA level and blocks the elastin-destroying enzyme elastase.
OPC works synergistically with vitamin C. Thus, it provides good protection against cell damage. As both a fat-soluble and water-soluble antioxidant, OPC can neutralize many different types of free radicals.This is because it is 18 times more potent than vitamin C at neutralizing free radicals in the body, enhancing the effects of vitamin C and keeping it active for up to ten times longer.OPC is also 40 times more effective than vitamin E in fighting more (different) free radicals.
This versatility makes OPC the most powerful, naturally occurring “radical scavenger”. Studies have found that OPC from pine bark extract helps protect the skin from damage caused by UV rays. 112 women with mild to moderate photodamage to the facial skin were given either or 40 mg or 100 mg of pine bark extract as a supplement once daily. A significant decrease in skin damage was observed in both groups. Un the conclusion: taking pine bark extract as a supplement reduces the symptoms of photoaging and long-term use is useful for improving photodamaged facial skin.(1)
2. superoxide dismutase
In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study, SOD from melon extract was shown to have the ability to significantly increase the minimum erythema dose (MED) after one month of oral supplementation.
These results were further supported by a study conducted on human skin explants. SOD showed the ability to prevent the appearance of sunburn cells, lower melanin levels and strengthen the skin’s own antioxidant enzymes.
Clinically proven SOD from melon extract protects skin from UV-induced damage. It is a unique and effective solution for daily protection against the associated premature aging of the skin.
Finally, a few slow aging tips
- Try to limit time in the sun – especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun’s rays are strongest.
- Wear clothing that covers exposed skin, such as long-sleeved shirts, pants, sunglasses and hats.
- UV rays can reach you even when it’s cloudy or when you’re indoors. That’s why it’s best to apply sunscreen every day.
- OPC from pine bark extract and SOD from melon extract protects the skin from free radicals caused by sunlight, SOD also improves the skin’s own protection from the sun. Found in Ogaenics Beauty Fuel Skin Radiance Complex.
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