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A Critical Eye On Anti Aging Skincare

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If you’re using anti aging skin care products, or are thinking of starting to use them, read our non-biased information on how the products  actually work here. Click on our categories on the right for the in depth guides to some  major trends in the anti ageing skin care beauty industry, or read our sumaries below.

Anti ageing skin care is obviously a sizeable industry, with companies lining up to sell anti ageing creams, lotions, treatment devices, pills and supplements, not to mention cosmetic surgery. On the other side of the coin, some skin care experts claim no products can halt the appearance of fine lines and that some products sold actually damage the skin over time.

Women today are under more pressure than ever to stay younger looking longer, like the stars in the magazines – and lets not forget many magazines now routinely airbrush their photos.

Retinol Creams

Retinol (vitamin A) is reported to reduce wrinkle depth. The effect is due to a mild inflammatory response provoked when the vitamin is applied to skin. The skin responds by puffing up, which gives the wrinkles a shallower appearance. Whilst the creams are hugely popular, some controversy exists due to their mode of action (1).

Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs or ‘fruit acids’)

These creams have skin effects documented by the American Food and Drug Administration agency (FDA). They note products containing AHAs are used in cosmetics as they cause exfoliation of surface skin. The effect depends on the concentration of AHAs in the products in combination with the effects of other ingredients (2). Again, some controversy exists (1).

‘Botox’ injections

One of the most famous ‘fixes’ for wrinkles and fine lines, this has been the subject of both controversy and praise. The generic name for the substance injected is Botulinum, and the most famous brand name within beauty treatment is “Botox Cosmetic” or “Vistabel” in the UK). It is injected into to muscles to stop the nerve impulse that tells the muscle to relax or contract, paralysing the muscle. The area around the injection is smoothed whilst the rest of the face remains the same. Botox has been declared as legal for use only by suitable qualified professionals in the USA and UK. In some places, its use is regulated by precautionary measures, which professionals must legally follow (3).

Parabens

Another huge controversy currounds the use of parabens in cosmetics – chemicals which help prolong the shelf life of the products and keep them fresh and hygienic. Cancer research scientists have raised terrifying concerns that using parabens may be linked to certain cancers and they have been held responsible for rashes and allergic reactions (4). On the other hand, there are also cancer reserach organisation that refute any link to cancer and the FDA has not ruled parabens harmful yet (5). Read the real story of how the scientiifc ommunit, the beauty industry and consumers are reacting to parabens in countless everyday skin care and beauty products.

Natural skin care treatments

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Roundup of benefits of comsetic acupuncture (dubbed the ‘acupuncture face lift’), facial massage, natural products and sun advice. Natural treatments usually claim to be safer, less damaging to skin than the ‘science in a jar’ brigade.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: NONE of the above advice can be a substitute for medical or professional skin care advice – please only consult qualified general medical and/ or dermatology physicians for serious skin complaints. The information here may reflect manufacturer’s claims and this site cannot be held responsible for such claims made.

RS Brown


References:

  1. Mir, G. Anti Ageing and Sun Care. [online] Hertfordshire, UK: Mir. Available at:

http://www.mirskincare.com/anti_ageing_and_sun_care.html

2.       American Food and Drug Administration. (2009). Alpha Hydroxy Acids in Cosmetics. [online] Washington: Department of Health and Human Services. Available at:

http://www.fda.gov/Cosmetics/ProductandIngredientSafety/SelectedCosmeticIngredients/ucm107940.htm

3. Singer, N. (2009). FDA Orders Warning Label for Botox. [online] New York Times.  Available at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/01/business/01botox.html

4. Dabre, P. (2009). Underarm Antiperspirants/Deodorants And Breast Cancer. Breast Cancer Research 2009, 11(Suppl 3):S5. Available at:

http://breast-cancer-research.com/content/11/S3/S5

5. FDA. Parabens. FDA [online]. Available at:

http://www.fda.gov/Cosmetics/ProductandIngredientSafety/SelectedCosmeticIngredients/ucm128042.htm

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Natural Anti Ageing Skin Care Treatments

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Away from the ‘medicalised’ treatments such as Botox injections or creams which claim scientific background, plenty of methods exist for natural care for maturing skins.

Acupuncture – Facial Rejuvenation

The best known acupuncture in the West is that from traditional Chinese Medicine, which had been used as the primary medicine in China for centuries before modern medicine. Practitioners have been quick to realise enhancing the flow of Qi (vital energy) and blood to the face should result in:

  • hydration and better skin cell fullness
  • better supply of nutrients and oxygen
  • reduced appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • reduced appearance of blemishes
  • a more youthful appearance

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The procedure uses tiny fine needles and obviously must be carried out by a fully trained and specialised practitioner using good hygienic practices. To find an acupuncturist in the UK try the British Acupuncture Council at www.acupuncture.org – then check if the practitioner has had specilaist training in ‘cosmetic acupuncture’ or ‘facial rejuvination acupuncture’.

Facial Massage

Different styles of facial massage have also been practiced for centuries to reduce the formation of wrinkles and give a healthy look to the skin. There are many different styles to choose from, including Holistic (popularly dubbed ‘Swedish’) massage, Ayurvedic massage from India, Thai massage or Shiatsu massage from Japan. Enthusiasts state it can:

Soften skin

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Stimulate blood circulation to the face

Remove dead skin

Tighten muscles

Give a healthy glow.

If you can’t afford a professional, good old You Tube has a plethora of videos showing you how to do it yourself – here’s one we liked (although of course, they pretty much all have annoying music):

Natural skin care products

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Many products claim to use natural ingredients, capitalising on concerns over prolonged use of chemicals on the skin. However, for some products, this is simply a marketing exercise. They may contain a natural plant extract, for example, but have introduced that to a blend of many other ‘regular’ chemicals to act as preservatives, stabilisers, colourings and perfumes. The ‘natural’ substance in question may also not be organically produced, meaning it has been cultivated using further chemicals. So check for chemicals and organic and away you go.

Finding truly natural products means reading the labels carefully and often accepting a bigger price tag. Another option is to create your own creams and potions – many natural therapists offer classes in making your own cosmetics. One benefit could possibly be avoiding exposure to chemicals creating a ‘chemical backlog’ in the body, the long term effects of which are still not fully studied by science.

Sun sense

Time and time again, skin care experts advise caution around the sun. The damaging effects of UV are well documented. Use of sun creams with properly evaluated factor numbers is essential along with covering up in harsh sunlight (including a sun hat to screen the face).

Julia Smith

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