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Jul 07, 2017
by Vivant Skin Care
Collagen degradation starts while we're still in our twenties and progresses at the rate of about one percent per year. By age 40, as much as 20 percent of collagen density is gone. That doesn’t mean you’re doomed to look like Victoria Beckham’s Shar Pei. There’s plenty you can do to fight the sag and keep skin looking full and youthful.
It’s not just the breakdown of collagen that causes skin to lose volume. With age, the fat that kept your face looking full and firm shrinks and migrates downward, leaving hollow areas up top and creating bagginess around the jaw. (Gravity is a devil with a Timex face.) Eating healthy fats like those found in salmon, nuts, avocado, and olive oil can help promote collagen production.
Three words: glycation, glycation, glycation. That’s the term for the process that occurs when elevated blood glucose binds to proteins and creates damaging molecules known as Advanced Glycations Endproducts (AGEs). These AGEs break down collagen and usher in wrinkles, fine lines, flouncy skin. Take a stay-awaycation from sugar to avoid glycation.
When you build muscle, you reduce glucose, which means a reduction in the AGEs that accelerate aging. However, don’t over do it. Work to be fit and to build muscle, not to lose weight. You’re already losing fat from your face as you age and losing too much creates the slackness you want to avoid.
Retinoids (aka Vitamin A) are the single most important skin care ingredient for taking on the signs of aging. It doesn’t matter if you’re twenty or forty, you need a retinoid in your routine to accelerate cell renewal, promote collagen production, plump up skin and help fill in fine lines.
Peptides are small chain amino acids that are the building blocks of protein required to make collagen. In skin care, peptides accelerate the body’s production of collagen to help skin retain fullness and firmness. Certain peptides like oligopeptides also stimulate the body’s production of hyaluronic acid (HA), which provides essential hydration to support elasticity.
Add Vivant’s award-winning Rejuv Rx Peptide Concentrate to your regimen to get a daily dose of volumizing oligopeptides. For optimum results and added volume defense use Daily Repair Pads to increase cell renewal and enhance serum absorption.
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