Just like the rest of the human body, the skin is also subject to changes that are caused by the natural ageing process. All the layers of the skin show age-related changes in structure and function.
Ageing of the skin is separated into 2 processes; natural or intrinsic.
The natural ageing process is caused by the passing of time and the environment. Lifestyle factors like smoking, environmental pollutants and UV radiation exposure increase the rate of ageing.
Intrinsic ageing is slow and changes are not usually present until old age when skin with wrinkles, pale skin and reduced elasticity are apparent. The skin feels thinner, with less collagen production (as this naturally declines as we age). The good news is that there are research-backed ingredients that can help keep you looking and feeling more youthful, even as you grow older.
Here we have our 5 top age-defying ingredients that will assist with natural collagen production and keep you glowing with vitality from the inside out.
Collagen contributes to skin physiology and structure. It provides support to tendons, ligaments, skin, teeth and other connective tissue structures. The amount of collagen in young, healthy skin has been shown to be greater than 75%! Unfortunately, collagen production declines as we age.
Marine sources of collagen have advantages over other animal sources, as they are better absorbed due to their low weight and minimal contaminants. Marine collagen peptides are 1.5 times more efficient than collagen from bovine (meat) or porcine sources.
Marine collagen also contains a high level of the amino acids Glycine, Proline and Hydroxyproline, which stimulate skin cells, bones and connective tissue, and boost new collagen production.
Curcumin is an anti-inflammatory plant compound in the spice turmeric. The main benefits of curcumin are its anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial effects. The antioxidant action of curcumin assists to reduce toxins in ageing cells, which may have a positive impact on the delay of ageing.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that supports wound healing, bone health and the production of neurotransmitters. Skin cells depend on vitamin C for the production of collagen, and for the control of the collagen and elastin balance.
The skin is exposed to challenges that can affect the structure, function and appearance. This includes a decline due to normal ageing, exposure to chemicals (beauty and cleaning products) and direct injury (wounds and burns). As Vitamin C contains wound healing properties, it may provide protection against these challenges and repair of healthy skin.
Astaxanthin supports skin integrity, structure, firmness and overall skin health. It contains powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. A study showed that long-term astaxanthin supplementation may prevent the deterioration of the skin from environmental damage and therefore slow the skin ageing process via its anti-inflammatory effect. Many human studies have also shown that Astaxanthin reduced wrinkles and improved skin elasticity and moisture.
The way that it exerts these effects are due to its strong antioxidant profile. It can protect skin cells from toxins and protect the collagen layer. This leads to a smooth and youthful skin appearance.
Zinc contains powerful antioxidant properties and has been found to be useful in preventing damage from UV rays. The anti-inflammatory properties have been used in many skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, eczema and wounds.
Find these powerful ingredients in Vitality X + Collagen and in targeted products throughout the JSHealth Vitamins range.
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