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The force behind this anti-aging boom is the routine of applying and reapplying topical agents. However, these topical remedies for sagging skin are not permanent as the skin regenerates itself every 28 days, requiring continued use of topical agents to maintain their effectiveness.

A more natural way to support skin health, without the dermabrasion and chemical peels of topical agents, is with Cytokinins. Cytokinins are plant hormones that promote cellular growth and delay the aging process.

Cytokinins stimulate cell division, delay the aging and destruction of tissues, protect against cell oxidation, and postpone cell death. Studies are now showing that the potent, protective, anti-aging effects of Cytokinins work the same way in human skin. When the diet includes these plant nutrients, the body as a whole can fight aging, starting at the cellular level. The most potent Cytokinin is Zeatin.

A study conducted the University of Aarhus, Denmark, in 2004 evaluated the effects of Zeatin on cultured human skin fibroblasts over their life span in lab culture. The results showed that not only does Zeatin not interfere to with the genetic control of cellular life span of a cell, but that it also helps promote small cell size, a key component to more youthful skin.

Zeatin also helps with the structural and functional integrity of the cell, and prevents accumulation of macromolecular damage in the cell. The study also found that Zeatin increases the activity of some antioxidant enzymes counteracting the free radical-induced oxidative damage incurred during cell aging.
Dr. Monica Marcu, Pharm. PhD, concurs, "Cytokinins have proven to delay biochemical modifications associated with aging in culture human cells. Zeatin protects the skin. When human skin cells are nourished with Zeatin, they retain their functions longer and are more resistant to environmental stresses."
Found in most plants,Zeatin is more abundant in one plant than any other, Moringa Oleifera. Moringa not only contains thousands of times more Zeatin than any other known plant, it is also the most nutritious plant discovered to date with over 90 nutritional compounds, including 46 antioxidants and 36 anti-inflammatories.

Dr. Lydia Marero, of the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), also believes Moringa could be the new anti-aging alternative. Dr. Marero says, ?Because of its high content of vitamins A, C, and E, which are very potent antioxidants Moringa is a very good quencher of unstable free radicals that can react with the damage of molecules that cause aging".
Aging of the skin is not the only result of skin damage. Skin cancer rates and deaths are increasing dramatically around the world. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetime, and one American dies from it every hour.

This may be in part due to ozone depletion which seems to be leaving us more vulnerable to damage from ultraviolet (UV) radiation. This radiation causes formation of highly reactive ?free radicals? within our bodies, damaging our cells in ways that increase the chance for cancer to develop.

The best defense against the free radical damage of oxidation is a diet rich in antioxidant vitamins and minerals (and plenty of water!). Research suggests that certain antioxidants?vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, and vitamin A (in the form of beta carotene rich foods)?nourish and protect skin to extend its youthful appearance. According to Karen Collins, RD, along with sun protection, a healthy diet may help. She further stated, "In theory, antioxidants like beta-carotene and other carotenoids might stabilize free radicals and end the damaging chain reactions they start."

Underneath aging and age-related disease is low-grade inflammation, according to dermatologist Nicholas V. Perricone, MD. He continues, "The skin is always getting inflamed by sun, weather, pollution, and products because it is our interface between the environment and our body. So the best ways to decrease disease risk and slow the aging process is to take nutrients with powerful anti-inflammatory activity on a regular basis.

Through a three-tier approach involving diet, supplements, and creams, we can control the rate at which we age". Combining a good diet with the right dietary supplement will not only help keep your skin healthy, but also looking years younger.

While the skin is the largest system of the body and requires proper nourishment to delay the visible signs of aging, aging isn't just skin deep. Every system, that is every cell of the body, ages every minute of every day. There is no magic fountain of youth. However, by providing proper nourishment, along with antioxidants with anti-aging compounds at the cellular level, anti-aging of all systems of the body can be slowed; minimizing the visible signs of aging skin and lowering the risk of degenerative (age related) diseases.

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Anti Aging Skin Care

I had a woman ask me recently how I was able to look so young and vibrant. I took it as a compliment as I spend a good amount of time researching and implementing the perfect anti aging skin care regiment.
There are a number of different products on the market that claim to be able to skim years from our skin in only a matter of days. They promise incredible results with minimal effort. Unfortunately, these products and companies are often misleading. Like any other worthwhile endeavor, anti aging skin care takes a bit of hard work and devotion on your part to make succeed. I spent extra hours every week working towards smoothing away developing wrinkles. Trust me, if it was possible to make them disappear overnight, I would have.

Anti Aging Skin Care Ingredients
There are a few known products though that I do use because they have been proven to have anti aging effects. The most effective and best documented supplement I’ve used is retinoic acid. We all know that Vitamin A has a profound effect on our skin health. As a derivative of that vitamin, retinoic acid is able to thicken skin and improve its texture, smoothing out wrinkles in the process.
I have found though that many of the products you can buy directly over the counter at your local drug store do not contain nearly enough of the retinoids needed to combat the effects of aging. I have seen some women who respond very well to these low concentration products. However, for most of us, effective anti aging skin care products are best found with our dermatologists.
Another product I have used for years, originally to supplement my Vitamin C skin care products is that of Alpha Lipoic Acid or ALA for short. It is a highly effective anti-oxidant that works in tandem with other vitamin supplements to cut off free radical damage to your skin. I have been very pleased with the results of ALA, making it one of my favorite anti aging skin care products. There are plenty of products being released with ALA as it has become a recent phenomenon. Read carefully to make sure the product you buy is high potency.

There are a number of other products claiming to work as anti aging skin care solutions. Though I have not used all of these products, I have carefully followed the research being done and the consensus on their results. CoEnzyme Q 10, the highly hyped natural cell enzyme that many companies are synthesizing for use in their anti aging skin care products has been shown to be quite effective in recent years in prompting your body to produce more collagen and elastin and in fighting free radicals. Vitamin C and Green Tea are other anti-oxidant sources that have proven in recent years to be very effective – Vitamin C treatment being one of my favorite and most carefully applied weekly products.
I always recommend at least one solid anti-oxidant be included in you skin care regiment. Ideally, a combination of multiple different products will further protect you from the effects of aging by fighting off those unsightly little free radicals. Be sure to stay away from products that make big claims and do not have the ingredients to back them up though.

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