Archive for the ‘Anti-Aging’ Category

November 15, 2013

Jocelyn

Preventing “Sleeping Lines”: Wrinkles Caused by Sleeping Patterns

When developing your personalized anti-aging skin care regimen, it’s likely that at least one of your goals will include preventing or reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. While there are a variety of best practices for ensuring that you have the smoothest, most-youthful skin possible, your anti-wrinkle regimen will be the most effective if you also understand what causes the development of wrinkled skin. In some cases, it’s just as important to make lifestyle changes as it is to find the right topical skin care products. One of the most often-overlooked causes of wrinkles that, if altered, can help to prevent their future wrinkle development is the position in which you sleep.

 

Anti-Aging Skin Care: Sleep WrinklesSleep Lines and Sleep Wrinkles are Not a Myth

The idea of “sleep wrinkles” is often considered to be a “beauty myth”, but in actuality sleep wrinkles are recognized as a dermatologic entity. In fact, the American Academy of Dermatology supports the idea that sleeping in certain positions will increase and cause wrinkles.

 

Which Sleeping Positions Cause or Prevent Wrinkles and Why

Sleeping on your side or with your face down on your pillow can cause wrinkles to form, while sleeping on your back can prevent the formation of wrinkles. The reason for this has to do with two other causes of wrinkles: repetitive motion and gravity. As you will see below when we discuss the role of collagen and elastin with sleep wrinkles, repetitive motions can ultimately lead to wrinkles over time. Examples of this include laugh lines around your mouth and crow’s feet around your eyes. When you sleep on your side or with your face down into the pillow, you “push” your skin into positions in a way that is similar to repetitive facial motions.

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November 4, 2013

Jocelyn

Lifestyle Changes and Collagen Production. Dr. Murad Answers.

As we age, the production and strength of skin-firming collagen decreases. Why does this matter to the appearance of your skin and can you make lifestyle changes to prevent and minimize it? Dr. Howard Murad, creator of Murad skin care products and the Inclusive Health® approach to anti-aging and youth-building, explains the facts about lifestyle and collagen.

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October 29, 2013

Jocelyn

What Is Collagen? Dr. Murad Answers.

As we age, the production and strength of skin-firming collagen decreases. Why does this matter to the appearance of your skin and what can you do to combat it? Dr. Howard Murad, creator of Murad skin care products and the Inclusive Health® approach to anti-aging and youth-building, explains the role of collagen and healthy, youthful skin.

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September 13, 2013

Jocelyn

Diet and Collagen Production. Dr. Murad Answers.

Can a change in diet result in improved collagen production and strength? Dr. Howard Murad, creator of the Inclusive Health® approach to anti-aging and youth-building, gives suggestions for what foods you can eat to promote natural collagen production.

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June 9, 2013

Dina

Understanding Factors that Contribute to Decreases in Collagen

Understanding CollagenCollagen is the protein substance that is responsible for skin’s firm appearance. When collagen begins to deplete, the skin is no longer able to support itself, and it begins to “fold in” on itself. This aging process can result in fine lines and wrinkles, crepe-like skin or even deeper lines and wrinkles. No area on your body is immune from the breakdown of collagen, but as you’ll see below, the causes for decreases in collagen make your face the most likely place where you’ll first see visible signs. Though a personalized anti-aging skin care regimen that includes all three aspects of Inclusive Health® (Looking Better, Living Better and Feeling Better) can reduce the appearance of depleted collagen, you’ll make better decisions about how to structure your anti-aging regimen if you understand the factors that contribute to collagen breakdown.

Natural Aging Contributes to Collagen Decrease
Natural aging, known as Genetic Aging, is typically the most common cause of the depletion of collagen in an individual’s body. Over time, despite any preventative measures that you may take, the body just slows down in its production of collagen just like it slows down in many of its other functions. While a healthy diet that’s rich in Essential Fatty Acids and Antioxidants can help to keep skin firmer, the age at which your skin begins to slow down and deplete collagen is predetermined by your genetic makeup. You can decrease the speed and severity of the breakdown through healthy lifestyle choices, but the body’s natural aging progression will eventually lead to less natural collagen production.

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May 1, 2013

Dina

Understanding the Hormone Receptors in Your Face

Murad Resurgence® anti-aging products were specifically developed to combat the signs of Hormonal Aging. But in order to understand how Hormonal Aging leads to loose skin, wrinkles and lines, you first need to understand what a hormone receptor is and how it’s related to the aging of your skin. Once you understand the biology of Estrogen and hormone receptors, understanding how to combat the signs of aging skin associated with menopause will make more sense.

What Are Hormone Receptors?What Are Hormone Receptors?
A hormone receptor is a special protein that’s found within and on the surface of certain cells throughout the body. A receptor protein is like the “eyes and ears” of a cell. When certain hormones interact with the receptor or bind to it, the receptor tells the cells what to do. Think of it like an on-off switch. When Estrogen interacts with hormone receptors, the receptors tell the body to produce collagen. When there’s no Estrogen to tell the cells to produce collagen, production falls off and your skin become looser with deeper wrinkles.

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April 16, 2013

Vrej Sanati

Senior Skin Care: Caring for Skin In Your Aging Years

Because skin starts to show signs of aging as soon as we reach adulthood, no matter what age you are, anti-aging skin care is important. However, as you reach middle age and beyond, shifts in your skin’s health and appearance mean that there are some skin care products and regimens are more important than they were when you were younger. What qualifies as ‘middle aged” or “senior years??” That depends on your Genetic Aging as well as how well you’ve taken care of yourself in the past. It’s not as simple as “when you’re 35 you’re middle aged and a senior at 65.” You’ll need to pay attention to your skin and look for the signs of aging skin discussed below and then make sure that you’re effectively treating and preventing them.

Anti-Aging Skin Care AdviceSign of Aging Skin: Your Skin is Often Overly Dry and Flakey
As skin ages, it stops producing as much natural moisture and oil as it once did. When this happens, keeping skin hydrated both topically and internally becomes a primary skin care concern. Not only is skin producing less moisture, but it’s thinner so that it retains less of its own moisture. Addressing the drying out of skin, which also accentuates the appearance of wrinkles, is one of the most important steps in senior skin care.

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December 5, 2012

Vrej Sanati

Three Ways to Treat and Minimize Wrinkles

Whether you’re just beginning to show your first fine lines and wrinkles or whether you feel that the signs of aging are definitive on your face, treating wrinkles isn’t necessarily as simple as putting on a cream at night. Regardless of the source of your wrinkles (be it Hormonal Aging, Genetic Aging or Environmental Aging), wrinkles are caused by a slow-down in the production of collagen and a weakening of skin-smoothing elastin. However, other factors such as a loss of natural hydration, thin skin and hormonal shifts contribute to wrinkles as well. What’s the point? The point is that wrinkles are more complex than you may think, and treating them may require some thought and effort.

Wrinkle Treatment AdviceStep One: Treat Wrinkles by Combatting Collagen Loss
From the loose skin associate with Hormonal Aging to the laugh lines and crow’s feet associated with Genetic Aging, collagen loss means that your skin no longer has the firm support base it needs for a smooth appearance. However, both antioxidants and Retinol-derived ingredients can combat the loss of collagen. Collagen breakdown can be due to a high number of free radicals in your system that are formed from UV exposure as well as exposure to toxins and pollutants. It can also be due to the rapid loss of collagen that happens for most women in the time frame leading up to and just after menopause, as well as from the natural slow-down of the body as it ages. Antioxidants combat free radicals to prolong healthy collagen, and Retinol-based ingredients have been clinically shown to slow and combat collagen depletion. Begin fighting your wrinkles by fighting the cause of your wrinkles – reduced collagen.

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October 26, 2012

Carina

Hormones and Your Skin: The Not Always Friendly Relationship

For many of use, when we’re a teenager, we hate what our hormones are doing to our skin. Overactive teenage hormones are the main culprit of acne breakouts and excessively oily skin. And, of course, we all hope that as we get older our hormones will regulate. However, hormones play a key role with your skin’s health through most of your life. Depending on your age, gender and genetic makeup, you may or may not have to understand the relationship between hormones and your skin. However, knowing what you can expect your skin to do as a result of your body’s hormones can prepare you to find the perfect skin care regimen.

Teen Hormonal AcneThe Teen Years: Overactive Hormones, Oil and Acne
When we hit puberty, almost without fail our hormones go into overdrive. For many, this doesn’t have an impact on their skin. However, for many people the overactive adrenal gland produces hormones that result in an excess production of oil (causing oily, shiny skin) and an excess production of skin cells (clogging pores and hair follicles and causing acne breakouts). Whether your skin care concern is finding an effective acne treatment or just finding a way to reduce oil and shine, hormones are the cause of skin imperfections for a huge number of people during their teen years. If you’re battling teenage acne and what to start a path to clear skin, a great place to start is the Murad Acne Treatment and Resource Center.

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September 21, 2012

Dina

What’s Your Anti-Aging Skin Care IQ?

As soon as we see the signs of aging on our skin, for many of us the first response is to go out and immediately begin to buy anti-aging skin care products. However, if you don’t understand how (and why) your skin is beginning to look older than you want it to, it’s easy to go down the wrong path and select the wrong treatments and solutions. So do you know enough to get started with anti-aging skin care? Take the Murad Anti-Aging Skin Care IQ quiz to see where your anti-aging skin IQ is!

1. Which of the following are anti-aging skin care concerns?

Anti-Aging Skin Care Quiza) Wrinkles and fine lines

b) Loose skin

c) Age spots and sun spots

d) All of the above

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