Everyday our skin is under attack from the inside and out. Excessive exposure to UV rays from the sun, tobacco smoke and noxious fumes such as emissions from car exhausts all have a negative impact on, not just our skin, but our general wellbeing to, often resulting in more visible effects of ageing.
Inside our bodies, free radicals can wreak havoc. Free radicals can cause damage to cell structures which can speed up the ageing process, resulting in visible conditions such as wrinkles. Some key factors which may destabilize the activity of free radicals include effects of air pollution, high stress levels, alcohol abuse and harmful substances common in foods which have been barbecued, smoked or deep fried and also levels of peroxidized fats contained within meat and cheese.
The effects of free radicals can be countered using substances containing high levels of antioxidants. Levels of antioxidants can easily be increased in the body by sticking to an intake of at least five servings of fruit and vegetables daily.
If problems arise, people may need to receive supplementary treatment, stemming from a lack of antioxidants. It is common knowledge that prevention is more effective than cure as initial damage may lead to a build up of harmful substances more likely to trigger a disease or problem in the body.
The active ingredients contained in most anti ageing products work together to help reduce the visible effects of ageing. Outlined below are the main substances contained within these products.
Vitamin A provides an inflammatory effect which effectively increases cell growth making the skin appear firmer with fewer wrinkles. Substances containing high levels of vitamin A include milk, potatoes, carrots, spinach, tomatoes, broccoli, oranges, mangos and apricots.
Vitamin C helps to increase circulation and promotes increased collagen production resulting in a brighter appearance of the skin. Substances containing high levels of vitamin C include citrus fruits and juices, green peppers, strawberries, turnips and cantaloupe.
AHAs (or alpha hydroxyl acids) increase the rate and efficiency of the replenishment of dead cells on the surface of the skin. Resulting in newer, softer skin. Substances containing high levels of AHAs include brown sugar, milk, pumpkins and fruit acids.
Retinoids, similar to AHAs, aid the skin to replace old skin cells at an increased rate. With regular use, a noticeable difference can be achieved and skin will firm and smoothen up reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Retinoids are derived from vitamin A so can be obtained from the same sources as well as being contained in several creams and other solutions.
A wide variety of products and treatments are available to tackle the effects of anti ageing. From creams and lotions to courses of pills and vitamin drinks and even some methods applied using electrical impulses. These remedies will work in harmony with the body and can be aided further by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly.