As we age our body’s natural functions change - impacting the appearance and overall health of our skin. Over the years our skin experiences a decrease in cell turnover, moisture and collagen production which results in a loss of firmness, elasticity and radiance. Additionally, as moisture levels decline the skin’s natural barrier can become impaired, putting skin at a higher risk of damage from environmental aggressors.
What Can Be Done?
You might be wondering why these things are important and what impact they have on your skin. Truth is, there are many things that contribute to the health of the skin – but cell turnover, moisture and collagen production are three crucial elements to maintaining healthy, youthful skin.
While you cannot stop the natural aging process, you can support your skin to function at its best for as long as possible.
To help you out - we are sharing 3 tips that will result in skin that looks and feels firm, radiant and youthful for years to come!
Increasing Skin Energy and Boosting Cell Renewal
Supporting cell turnover is an easy way to maintain healthy and refined skin. There are two key ways to do this: incorporating regular exfoliation or using products with skin-energizing ingredients. But first, it’s important to understand what “cell turnover” is and what it means for the skin.
Simply put, our skin is constantly going through a renewal process in which it creates new cells and pushes them to the surface of the skin. As this process happens cell death also occurs, which leads to old cells being replaced.
With healthy cell function this renewal process takes approximately 4 weeks. As we age, or as our skin becomes impaired, this process slows down – which means dead skin cells sit at the surface for a longer period of time, resulting in skin that appears dull, rough and dehydrated.
The most effective way to support this process is to incorporate weekly exfoliation into your skin care routine. Exfoliants that include alpha hydroxy acids like Glycolic Acid are especially helpful because they dissolve the “glue” that keeps dead cells on the surface of the skin, allowing them to slough off while also supporting collagen and brightness in the skin.
Replenish Lost Moisture
Our skin’s oil production is another thing that decreases with age and dry skin can appear dull and make lines and wrinkles more noticeable. More importantly though, a lack of oil on the skin negatively impacts our protective barrier – which is a crucial element to keeping the skin healthy.
Imagine your skin’s barrier like a brick wall – when intact, it keeps the good stuff in and defends against external aggressors. When it is damaged, our skin’s defenses are unable to protect against aggressors and moisture loss increases even more – creating a vicious cycle that can be hard to stop.
When skin is properly moisturized it looks plump and radiant. Always pay close attention to how your skin feels and if you notice it begins to feel tight, irritated or uncomfortable – it’s time to increase your moisture. Luckily, incorporating moisture-rich products into your routine is one of the easiest ways to prevent signs of aging, irritation and a loss of firmness on the skin.
Support Collagen Production
Collagen is a structural protein in the skin and a component responsible for keeping our skin plump, firm and smooth. Collagen is constantly being created and broken down. Unfortunately, as we age the production of collagen decreases but the breakdown still happens - resulting in lower collagen levels. This is when we start to notice skin becoming thin, with more apparent lines and wrinkles.
The first major collagen slump occurs in our 20s and continues to decrease each year. In addition to the natural decrease, external aggressors can further damage collagen levels – especially if your skin’s barrier is not intact.
While this natural cycle is inevitable, there are measures you can take to support your skin’s production of collagen, keeping it at a higher level to counteract its natural breakdown. First, a diet rich in omega-3 and lean proteins will support collagen throughout the entire body. Additionally, a dietary supplement is an easy way to boost collagen from the inside out. Finally, leveraging topical skincare ingredients that are known to support collagen, such as Vitamin C, Glycolic Acid and Hyaluronic Acid, will support your skin's optimal collagen function.
Why Nighttime Matters
During the day our body focuses its efforts to defend itself from external aggressors such as the sun, pollution and stress. It is less worried about recovery and more worried about preventing damage.
At night, our body can rest – and that includes our skin. Our body switches into “recovery” and works hard to undo the damage that it faced throughout the day. Specifically, our skin is able to create new skin cells at a more rapid pace and more effectively breakdown and absorb skin care products. However, a downfall of the overnight process is that moisture and hydration levels can be depleted.
By applying a night-specific skin care product, you are able to work with your body’s natural cycle to achieve the most results from your skin care routine while preventing depletion of the moisture that is being zapped during the recovery cycle.
An All-in-One Vegan Solution with the Power of Peony
The steps to maintain healthy skin as we age are relatively easy – but knowing which products to use can be a harder area to navigate. At InstaNatural, we believe that your skin care routine shouldn’t be complicated or confusing and we strive to create effective products with the most natural and naturally-derived ingredients.
With that in mind, we set out to create our Collagen Night Cream, a robust moisturizer that targets the three elements that contribute to skin aging while working with your skin’s overnight recovery cycle, infusing your skin with proven actives and nourishing botanicals.
- Vitamin C brightens the tone of skin and prevents the appearance of lines and wrinkles
- Hyaluronic Acid prevents dehydration in the skin and supports connective tissue
- Rosehip Oil provides deep moisture and naturally-occurring Vitamin A for increased smoothness
- 53% increased in collagen III synthesis*
- 92% decrease in MMP, an enzyme that degrades collagen*
- Increase in elasticity, epidermis thickness and a more even skin tone**
These ingredients combine to create a multifaceted solution that reduces the appearance of current signs of aging while preventing future signs from occurring. Incorporating our Collagen Night Cream into your routine will result in skin that appears visibly lifted and contoured, with softened lines and wrinkles and an overall increase in radiance.
Detoskin™ is a registered trademark of Provital, S.A.
*In vitro studies conducted by Provital Group.
**8-week results from an independent, double-blind clinical study with 32 women, aged 40-60, using 1.5% concentration of Detoskin™ and placebo.