We all know that it is not a myth or a magical unicorn that doesn’t exist. There are some people in the world whose faces seem timeless. You can see the maturity, they are clearly not teenagers, but they also don’t look anything like other people their age do. Their skin is smooth and blemish-free and while you can see creases when they smile those little lines don’t stay when their face is relaxed. These are people that are seriously blessed with good, seriously good, genetics and luck, or are they?
The truth is that most people with exceptionally youthful looking skin have a favorable combination of at least two of the following: genetics, excellent environmental conditions, and great skincare. Very seldom without at least some combination of these factors can people pass for being decades younger than they chronologically are. So what does this mean for you and how can you look fabulous well into your senior years? Education, prevention and SciaEssentialsTM Delta-5TM are your best weapons against premature aging and in prolonging the youthfulness of your skin.
As the National Institutes of Health put it:
Skin has long been recognized to protect the organisms from deleterious environmental (physical, chemical, microbiological) agents, and is crucial for the maintenance of temperature, electrolyte and fluid balance. In addition, skin is a sensory organ, a biofactory for the synthesis, processing and/or metabolism of a wide range of structural proteins, glycans, lipids and it fulfils the requirements of a classic endocrine organ. With accelerating age skin loses its structural and morphological characteristics and as a consequence all its functions deteriorate. This deterioration is enhanced cumulatively by various environmental physical, chemical and mechanical insults. Exposed areas of the body e.g., face and neck suffer the most by the influence of extrinsic factors such as UV irradiation and overexposure of these regions may result in premature skin aging and skin diseases such as non-healing ulcerations and benign (e.g., actinic keratosis) and malignant skin tumors (e.g., basal cell carcinoma, spindle cell carcinoma and malignant melanoma). These processes are augmented by mitochondrial DNA mutations, protein oxidation, disturbed defense against protein macromolecular damage and apoptosis induction. On the other hand, in non-exposed areas e.g., inner side of the upper arm aging is mainly attributed to intrinsic factors, e.g., genetic predisposition and changes in the endocrine environment and reflects degradation processes of the entire organism. (Source).
So how do genetics play into aging?
Genetics and Good Skin
Genetics, your DNA, which you inherited from your biological parents, has a lot to do with how you look and how your body functions throughout your life. Research indicates that this is not only true on the individual level, but it extends broadly to men and women such that there are marked differences in how aging impacts the skin. This is also true for different populations. This is likely due to the fact that male skin is thicker than female skin but females have subcutaneous tissues that are thicker than males in humans and the lipid oxidation differs between the two.
Regarding populations, a study published by the National Institutes of Health makes clear that:
Among Europeans, Asians, Americans, even between countries and cities of one continent, exist different characteristics of skin and skin aging. Several clinical manifestations in scaling, uneven distribution of melanin pigment, wrinkling, sagging, sebaceous secretion have another prevalence, intensity and physiology… And, Skin changes influenced by age and the ethnic difference in the skin features at young and old age can have their basis in different organization of skin surface lipids. This has been partly investigated clinically. One has to remember that barrier function relates to the total architecture of the stratum corneum (SC) and not just its lipid levels. Asian skin is reported to possess a similar basal transepidermal water loss (TEWL) to Caucasian skin and similar ceramide levels but upon mechanical challenge it has the weakest barrier function SC. Nevertheless, several studies indicate that Asian skin may be more sensitive to exogenous chemicals probably due to a thinner SC and higher eccrine gland density. (Source).
So, if your gender and ethnicity direct your aging, what can you do? Figure out what it means for your own skin and then take steps to help yourself.
Prevention and Youthful Skin
If you know that you are genetically prone to diabetes or high cholesterol chances are that you are more likely to pay close attention to what you eat in order to stay healthy. Beauty is a function of health and your skin is a reflection of that. When you are healthy it shows outwardly. Smooth skin with uniform color and a glow doesn’t appear on people who are sick or who have significant damage to their body’s largest organ. But there are many things you can do to give your genetic predisposition a boost. These include:
- Get plenty of sleep
- Stay hydrated
- Eat a diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables and lean proteins
- Avoid cigarette smoke
- Minimize your consumption of alcohol and caffeine
- Reduce your stress
- Avoid harmful UV radiation and other environmental hazards
- Use good skincare products
Skincare to Prevent Aging
SciaEssentials Delta-5 is an incredible breakthrough in the quest to preserve youthful and beautiful skin. Derived from conifer seeds, it has anti inflammatory properties that help your skin in a number of visible and tangible ways. Selected by both Nu Skin and Johnson and Johnson as one of the most innovative skin products in 2017, this oil actually helps to eliminate the fine lines and wrinkles that might be telltale signs of age. In addition, just 24 hours of use can make skin less dry and flaky and increase its glow. This is because it is working to resolve the damage done by a polluted environment and to reverse harm that comes from the sun. It can also help to clear your complexion and reduce redness. It is a remarkable product.
Read the testimonials page to learn more about how Delta-5 has made a difference in the skin of real people including models, skin care bloggers and people who just wanted to see their redness and wrinkles fade.