Fighting sagging skin
Why does skin begin to sag with age? The answer lies with understanding collagen.
Skin care experts have long recognized the importance of collagen in achieving and maintaining beautiful skin. Collagen is a naturally-occurring protein that essentially acts as a scaffold for the connective tissues of the body. Along with keratin and elastin, it is what gives skin its firmness and elasticity. Collagen doesn’t just keep skin beautiful and healthy, however. It is also vital for the health and resiliency of joints, cartilage, muscles and organs.
Our bodies naturally produce collagen, but as we age we start to produce less and less of it. After 30, collagen production begins to decline steeply. By age 50, many women have lost up to 50% of the collagen in their skin. What this translates into is sagging, often along with wrinkles and lines. That scaffolding which keeps young skin smooth and tight has diminished to the point where the skin’s loss of structure is visible.
Topical ingredients, such as Retinol and Vitamin C, that can help build collagen have been extensively researched for decades and proven to be effective. That’s why serious anti-aging skin care programs will include one or more of the efficacious ingredients in their regimens.
A form of Vitamin A, retinol communicates with skin cells, stimulating them to behave like younger cells. Retinoids were first used in the 1970’s to treat acne, and retinol continues to be a beneficial ingredient for helping clear skin. Time and testing, however, have shown many other advantages. Because retinol helps increase collagen production and prevent free radical damage, it is a key weapon in the fight against sagging skin.
Vitamin C is one of the most researched and proven ingredients in modern skin care. Numerous studies have shown its effectiveness in increasing collagen production (including dermal collagen, which is significant for sagging skin) As if that weren’t enough, it also reduces the appearance of skin discolorations, reduces inflammation, and strengthens the skin’s barrier and repair process. The result is skin which appears brighter and healthier, with improved firmness, tone and glow.
While Vitamin C and Retinol are outstanding ingredients to look for in any skin care product, they are in their strongest form in a serum formulation. OZNaturals Vitamin C Facial Serum and Pro-Retaxinol Retinol Serum contain concentrated amounts of active ingredients and are molecularly structured to penetrate deep into the pores and layers of the skin.
If sagging skin is a key concern, we highly recommend adding these potent serums to your skincare regimen, followed by our Super Youth Retinol Moisturizer.