Don’t Let Your Skin Give Away Your Age..
Me today, 58 years old.
I started taking care but of my skin when I was 36 years old. Like most New Yorker’s, I had spent my summers at the beach and my winter vacations somewhere warm. I had sat in the sun looking to get a great tan, not paying attention to the warnings about sun exposure. At that time, I started using Botox for my crows feet and added a daily moisturizer.
At 45, I noticed that the lines between my nose and my mouth were getting deeper, I had deeper lines on my forehead and my skin was losing its radiance. I now became concerned about aging. I could see that the years of sitting in the sun were catching up. I added more areas of Botox, fillers (at $750 per syringe), microdermabrasion, plus the latest painful lasers for that time, Thermage and Fraxel. I won’t even go into how much that cost.
When I hit the big 50, I would compare photos of my mom at the same age. I looked at her as old. But me, I still felt 28 on the inside. I continued with Botox and fillers religiously, which each time I had it done, it lasted only 3 months, and because I exercised, my matabolism broke down fillers much quicker than advertised. This upkeep was ridiculous and expensive. I was chasing youth. Aging, or trying not to, was costing a fortune. I had already given up a natural tan for a spray tan, was using sunscreen with the SPF of 30, wore a hat, and went on sightseeing vacations instead of laying on a beach. I would buy the latest and greatest pharmaceutical grade anti-aging serum’s and creams, trying to turn back the clock, or at least slow it down.
At 56, I looked pretty good for my age, I looked early 50’s, ouch, I felt much younger on the inside.
At 57, 18 months ago, I moved from New York City to Florida. I could see the sun damage on native Floridians. Many looked 10 years older than they actually were. I upped my Sunscreen SPF, got a new hat, and spent little time in the sun. I found a fantastic moisturizer (Intense By Harvey Helms), added some new serums and hoped for the best.
Then, 3 months ago, Dr Drew Karp handed me a bottle of his SKIN supplement. I actually laughed. I had never heard of an anti-aging skin supplement. But, I started to take it and three weeks later I could see an improvement in my skin tone. Then, over the next three months my skin felt and looked tighter, and I definitely no longer need fillers. My friends were commenting on my now flawless skin, and they too are now taking SKIN, and, seeing amazing results as well. I actually have been told I now look 44. Woohoo!
I am often asked, where is the scientific evidence that this 100% organic supplement works. Well, if you have heart issues, high cholesterol,etc, what does your doctor tell you to do. Eat fruits and vegetables. SKIN is made up of the 7 best anti-aging fruits and vegetables. They work synergistically on a cellular level, from the inside out. We all know, you are what you eat. Instead of treating the top skin layer, which are dead cells, SKIN works from the fibroblast level. When these cells reach the surface they are alive, nourished, and radiant.
Now, it all makes sense when you read this paper on aging written in 2013…. below are some relevant excerpts.
Advances in Wound Care
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
Characteristics of the Aging Skin
Although most researches into the changes in skin with age focus on the unwelcome aesthetic aspects of the aging skin, skin deterioration with age is more than a merely cosmetic problem. Although mortality from skin disease is primarily restricted to melanoma, dermatological disorders are ubiquitous in older people with a significant impact on quality of life. The structural and functional deterioration of the skin that occurs with age has numerous clinical presentations, ranging from benign but potentially excruciating disorders like pruritus to the more threatening carcinomas and melanomas.
The degenerative changes that occur in the aging skin are increasingly understood at both the molecular and cellular level, facilitating a deeper understanding of the structural and functional deterioration that these changes produce.
A loss of both function and structural stability in skin proceeds unavoidably as individuals age, which is the result of both intrinsic and extrinsic processes, which contribute simultaneously to a progressive loss of skin integrity. Intrinsic aging proceeds at a genetically determined pace, primarily caused by the buildup of damaging products of cellular metabolism as well as an increasing biological aging of the cells. Estrogen levels strongly influence skin integrity in women as well; falling levels in midlife, therefore, produce premature aging as compared with similarly aged men. Extrinsic insults from the environment add to the dermatological signs of aging.
Life expectancy in the United States and other industrialized countries continues to increase and is expected to reach 100 years by about 2025.1 Women have longer average life expectancies than do men and can thus soon expect to spend more than one-third of their lifetimes in menopause.2 The skin is incredibly durable, but like all other systems, it eventually succumbs to the inexorable effects of aging. The skin is also the most visible indicator of age.
The process of aging affects the skin in multiple ways. The epidermis thins and turnover rate slows dramatically.3 Despite a substantial loss of function in aging skin, most skin-aging therapies focus on ending or reversing the unwelcome visible signs of aging. As the population ages, the care of aging skin must shift focus from aesthetic concerns to how the loss of structure and function affects quality of life.
Aging is inevitably associated with a decrease in collagen turnover (due to a decrease in fibroblasts and their collagen synthesis) as well as elastin. Elastin also has higher degree of calcification in aged skin, with an associated degradation of elastin fibers. Collagen crosslinks stabilize, while collagen bundles become disorganized.
I always say, seeing is believing. Look at the photos. No photoshop. Read the testimonials, they are from real customers.