Waking Up Aging Skin Cells

As we age, our cells get sleepy, slowing down, becoming less efficient at performing their youthful productive processes. When it comes to skin cells, this means less collagen, elastin and more aging skin.

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Aging and Youthful Skin

Much of the focus of treating aging cells has targeted oxidative stress. Overproduction and accumulation of free radicals causes inflammation throughout the body as we age. A new study has shown that the production of free radicals in our youth may be beneficial, but as we age, produces the symptoms of aging seen especially in our skin.

When scientists bred mice that produced excess free radicals that damaged the mitochondria in their skin, they expected to see accelerated aging across the mouse lifespan – additional proof of the free radical theory of aging. Instead, they saw a surprising benefit in young animals: accelerated wound healing due to increased epidermal differentiation and re-epithelialization.” from the Buck Institute for Research on Aging.

When looking at the effects of oxidative stress and excessive production of free radicals in the skin of younger subjects, the scientists found something very different going on.

They saw a surprising benefit in young animals: accelerated wound healing due to increased epidermal differentiation and re-epithelialization.” (The study published online on August 3rd in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.)

As we age, the effects of excessive free radicals / oxidative stress causes our cells to slow down, in effect go to sleep (also known as cell senescence), becoming less effective at keeping our skin cells vibrant, healthy and looking youthful.

While taking antioxidants at a younger age may not be helpful as our youthful cells are able to produce the stem cells that have all the right ingredients in the right amounts to combat oxidative stress. As we age, the situation changes as our cells slow down, and we might just need all the antioxidant help we can get!

 

To read more about this research -> Science Daily.

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About Candace

Candace Dye is an Apriori Beauty Consultant and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. Her passion is helping others to uncover and enhance their true inner radiance with tips for health, wellness, skin care and beauty!

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