Wrinkles are natural, and your skincare regime should be, too.
The global skincare market is a $135 billion dollar industry and is saturated with expensive, chemical-based products. The skin is the body’s largest organ, acting as a barrier against environmental forces, but it also serves as a gateway into the body. Everything that gets put on the skin is absorbed into the bloodstream to some degree. Many of the beauty products on the market contain an endless list of harmful ingredients such as parabens, petroleum distillates, sodium lauryl sulfates, and oxybenzone. These chemicals are not strictly regulated and can contribute to hormone imbalances, increased toxic load and - over time - can increase risk factors for chronic disease. Thankfully, Nature has equipped us with all we need to age well, turn back the clock and achieve youthful skin for years to come.
What causes wrinkles?
Collagen has become a buzzword when it comes to anti-aging, and there’s definitely some merit to it. It is a protein that gives skin its smooth, firm appearance. Collagen gets broken down during the aging process and the body can’t make it as quickly. When this happens, fine lines and wrinkles begin to appear (1).
Skin also loses its moisture content with age. Dry skin becomes more common and moisturizers don’t have the same effect as they used to, causing the skin to lose its glow and appear dull (2).
Further, years of exposure to UV light causes an inflammatory response in our skin. This inflammation leads to oxidative stress at the cell level, which plays a key role in how rapidly your skin ages (2).
Astaxanthin - Your Nutritional Powerhouse
When it comes to skin health, astaxanthin is a nutritional powerhouse. A group of researchers treated both inflamed and healthy skin cells with astaxanthin to measure its effects on collagen synthesis. They found that when both types of cells were exposed to astaxanthin, the proteins that break down collagen were inhibited, while the proteins that encourage collagen production were increased (1).
There have been several lab tests done with astaxanthin to showcase its use in the beauty industry, and as of recent studies done on humans have come out with the same, exceptional results.
One study that had 65 women participants, showed that the groups who were given 6mg & 12mg of astaxanthin for 28 days showed no further signs of skin aging. The group who was not given astaxanthin showed that the parameters of measurement, wrinkles and skin moisture, significantly worsened. They concluded that astaxanthin reduces inflammation of the skin to a large enough degree to slow down the aging process substantially (2).
Another study looked at topical and supplemental astaxanthin. This group evaluated the participants using the gold stand standard in Japan for anti-aging products. They saw a reduction in wrinkles, age spots and improvements in skin texture in all groups given astaxanthin. Researchers concluded that astaxanthin in supplement form has better skin enhancing properties than the topical treatment – but that the two together showed the greatest rate of improvement (3).
Vitamin C, Hylauronic Acid and Collagen - Key Elements of #skinfromwithin
Vitamin C is another crucial component of skin health. While astaxanthin influences the proteins responsible for the breakdown and creating of collagen- vitamin C is actually a component of collagen (5). Those with skin damage and degrading collagen have been found to have low concentrations of vitamin C in the skin (5). Like astaxanthin, vitamin C cannot be made in the body. It, therefore, needs to be obtained through diet or supplementation.
Another important, skin-loving nutrient is hyaluronic acid. While astaxanthin and vitamin C work to keep the complication smooth and firm, hyaluronic acid helps with moisture. It binds to water to help skin retain its moisture and youthful glow (6). Vitamin C helps the body produce hyaluronic acid as do citrus fruits and leafy greens.
Breaking down the science
In summary, various research groups found that astaxanthin works indirectly to improve the health and appearance of our skin. It does this by reducing stress & inflammation triggered by natural aging or UV exposure, and by boosting the body’s production of collagen, which is a key part of smooth, firm skin. As such, astaxanthin can complement and increase the effectiveness of other supplements you may use, such as vitamin C, hyaluronic acid or collagen.
We also learned that the best skincare starts from within. We can think of the skin as a mirror that indicates the overall health of the body. When we take care of our body, it shows up in the skin.
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Disclaimer: The article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Should you have any health concerns, you should see your doctor.