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Telomeres and Aging: How to Keep Clients Younger Longer

By: Tiffany A. McLauchlin
Posted: April 1, 2014, from the April 2014 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
Telomeres and Aging: How to Keep Clients Younger Longer

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Plant stem cells. There are multiple plant stem cells now available in the skin care market today. They aid in DNA repair and promote healthy cell turnover. Plant stem cells can deliver potent antioxidants to the basal layer of the epidermis when formulated properly in skin care products. Plants stem cells that can be found in skin care are usually derived from the Swiss apple, grape, edelweiss, alpine rose, sea fennel, lilac, iris, echinacea, Madonna lily and, most recently, the orange.

Sun protection. UV protection is essential, because it protects against telomere erosion. Recommending a broad-spectrum SPF 30 daily moisturizer to each client is a simple daily step clients can do at any age. With the popularity of BB and CC creams, client compliance with sun protection is now easier than ever.

Telomeres and wellness

Inflammation can occur both internally and externally. As skin care professionals, encouraging clients to create healthy habits is better than suggesting they follow the latest trends. The skin is the body’s largest organ and, when cellular waste and stress are not managed properly, the body will self-regulate and manifest this process through the skin, resulting in unwanted breakouts and lesions. Four wellness points to promote within your skin care practice include the following.

1. Walk more. Depending on the client, exercise may be considered a dirty word. Encouraging walking instead of telling clients to go to the gym is usually an easier goal to make and achieve. Simple alterations to habits can make a big difference. Using the stairs once a day or parking a little farther away from the front door can initiate more exercise and promote lymph activity for easier waste removal internally.

2. Reduce stress. Every person’s stress level and limit is different. How you cope with everyday trials is an individual stress meter. Recognizing your personal stress triggers can aid in reducing or removing them from daily activities. Meditation, exercise and receiving regular spa treatments are all avenues to reduce built-up stress. These actions will help release negative tension instead of allowing it to build up in your internal systems, only to be removed through the skin.