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Building a Re-youth Program for Clients

By: Rhonda Allison
Posted: October 31, 2013, from the November 2013 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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Aside from collagen production, past cellular damage and DNA-related mutations also must be corrected to help bring the skin to optimal health. These mutations and damages are caused by many of the same extrinsic and intrinsic factors mentioned previously

A spotlight on cellular damage

Skin cells are amazing structures, but they’re also extremely sensitive. Cells do have the ability to repair themselves, but aging slows this process, and there are a number of elements that threaten their integrity.

The damage occurs when oxidative stressors, such as the sun, pollution, stress, smoking and free radicals, penetrate skin cells, breaking down collagen and impacting the DNA structure of the cell. Throughout time, as damage occurs, the cell is more likely to replicate it—the damaged cells multiply.

Similar to preventing collagen damage, you’ll want to talk to clients about lifestyle habits and a healthy diet. Because antioxidant defenses decrease with age, it is important to increase intake through diet and topicals.

Antioxidants are vital in fighting the signs of aging, internally and externally. Getting these nutrients naturally from food is always the best option, but supplements and topicals applied to the skin also provide benefits. Support clients by giving them a list of antioxidants to look for—see Antioxdiant-rich Foods to Support Aging Skin. Topicals rich in antioxidants will firm, tone, tighten, refine lines and give skin an overall glow. Look for ingredients, such as ascorbic acid, tocopherols, retinoids and L-lactic acid, to name a few.

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