Why Skin Ages

Simply put, everything is slowing down and does not have the ability to repair like it did when we were younger.

RA Pro Youth -10 products address all components of cellular aging. We cannot just focus on collagen/elastin and leave antioxidants and ATP energy enhancement out of the equation. The true lasting results just won’t be there! It is also important to remember: do not over exfoliate the skin, but begin to feed it, allowing natural exfoliation to take place.

Our skin cells have a natural turnover ability and cycle. When we are younger this is taking place about every 28 days. This is great and skin is softer and stays young looking. As we get into our 30’s this begins to change and slow down. Cell turnover slows down to 40-45 days in many cases. When this happens texture starts to change, wrinkles begin to form and cells age faster.

Why does this 40-45 day cellular turnover happen? Your cells communicate to each other, and in order for cells to let go, you need resources like collagen & elastin to help the process. As with many components slowing down, our resources are becoming depleted and so our cells will stay on skin until more resources are available. Here is where it gets tricky. Many times we force exfoliate at this point. The negative to this is the cells will respond and use the already depleted resources to protect the skin, which in the long run repeats a vicious cycle leading to a thinner, more sensitive aged skin.

Our Pro Youth answer is giving you lifestyle formulations that build & strengthen, while supporting the skin internally. This begins to naturally increase the cellular turnover which, in turn, speeds our turnover rate closer to that 28 day cycle!

Vitamin A is vital in feeding the dermis with resources. Outside of needing support for cellular energy we believe it is the #1 Pro Youth ingredient!

Our RA Pro Youth -10 line has two, very effective lifestyle friendly vitamin A’s for nightly use: Synergy A and ChronoPeptide A

There are two other factors that affect the aging of the skin: intrinsic and extrinsic aging.

Intrinsic (Internal)

Intrinsic aging is biological aging that occurs naturally as we get older. Nutrition and overall body health are key contributors to accelerating internal aging. Over time, the body experiences a breakdown in its ability to communicate, repair and function optimally. Glycation is another concern that affects the body and skin over time. Losing resources such as collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid all increase aging.

Extrinsic (External)

Extrinsic aging is a result of our daily environment. Exposure to UV rays, pollution, climate and stress all contribute. Harsher environments cause a breakdown on the epidermis layer of skin, pulling antioxidants and impacting DNA repair, which then, increases inflammation and lipid breakdown.

External stress is also a major part of extrinsic aging; stress shortens the health of your DNA, and can actually cause it to shut down, resulting in DNA damage. This causes a breakdown in cell-to-cell communication. At the cellular level, there is a decrease in the stem cells’ reproductive abilities, as well as impairments to the mitochondrial function. The communication becomes flawed and leads to mutations in the DNA. These mutations also affect the skin’s ability to repair itself.

Both internal and external stressors affect cellular energy. Every function needs energy. This energy is starting to slow down as we age naturally, but many of these concerns cause our energy to overwork and fade out even quicker. One key ingredient that can help to boost cellular energy is pyruvic acid. This can be found in our Mandelic Arginine Serum, which can be a powerful anti-aging ally.