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Total Skin Care - Not Just For Beauty Anymore

It is quite normal to expect people to want to look attractive and this might explain why anti-aging skin and beauty care products are so successful; this is due primarily to the fact we are all living longer and want to continue looking younger as we mature and age. This is done using skin and beauty care products that encourage the growth of the protein collagen which happens to be the main source of the protein used in the connective tissue of skin; collagen is plentiful, it makes up about a quarter of the total protein content of structural protein found in skin.

This area of anti-aging treatments is connected to another group of products that help people to look youthful; called antioxidants, they help flush out deadly toxins from the body and help reduce the signs of aging.

Although the benefits of vitamin C (an anti-oxidant) are well documented, it is still debated as to what our daily amount should really be. Skin care treatments that are based on vitamin C, pose the problem of becoming oxidized themselves as they come into contact with air during their usage.

More stable skin care treatments are now available that are almost as efficient and actually cost less to manufacture. Unfortunately the anti-oxidant products used to replace vitamin C are not as effective but as vitamin E and lipoic acid can both have the same effect; this is not too much of a problem.

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant and is found in human blood; there is some evidence to show it helps prevent many diseases including cancer. On the other hand, lipoic acid or alpha-lipoic acid is necessary for producing energy which keeps us alive; it is also known to fight the signs of aging very effectively by repairing skin damage caused by the aging process.

Another group of product s used to reduce the visible signs of aging are phytochemicals which are compounds extracted from various plants and used in many anti-aging skin and beauty care products. Another benefit of phytochemicals, like those of alpha-lipoic acid, is their ability to reduce the prevalence of certain cancers; examples of these are:

*Prostate Cancer
*Breast Cancer
*Colon Cancer

These are some of the most common (and increasingly so) cancers in the world today. It has also been discovered that there are anti-aging benefits to vitamins B5, B6 and B12.

The field of anti-aging skin and beauty care products is vast and needs a great deal more research. While a great deal has been learned about this subject, it is only the tip of the iceberg; however, research is moving forward at a fast pace and it is only a matter of time before a new generation of products come to market.

There may be still be many challenges to overcome but in time scientists believe they will succeed in producing more effective anti-aging skin care products that are less expensive and more widely available.

It may be time to learn that not every synthetic anti-aging product is going to work; man-made products may never replace those that are naturally available! Regular sleep patterns, exercise, a good healthy diet and less stress will all contribute to reducing the signs of overall aging, for instance!


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