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Anti-aging is a youth defense battle that we will eventually fail

Apr 06,2022 | HISEEK PRETTY

Many people may simplify anti-aging as "anti-wrinkle", but anti-aging is not just an aspect of anti-wrinkle. Even anti-wrinkle is far from something that a bottle of skin care products can solve. Anti-aging is a systematic project. It is a "defensive war" in which you need to mobilize all the resources you can mobilize to create favorable conditions for a long-term struggle, and this war will eventually fail.

Even if it is doomed to fail, it is worth fighting. After all, it is good to fight for a while.

As we age, our bodies and tissues and organs continue to weaken. The skin, the largest organ in the human body, is constantly aging, manifesting itself in a variety of unwanted skin problems such as fine lines, wrinkles, dryness, sagging, dull complexion and pigmentation.

We know that skin can be divided into epidermis, dermis and subcutaneous tissue. Between the epidermis and the dermis, there is another layer called the epidermis-dermis junction, or DEJ for short.

The epidermis plays the role of barrier and protection, and whether the skin is dry or not has a great relationship with the epidermis.

Collagen and elastin in the dermis play a decisive role in the elasticity and plumpness of the skin. Among them, hyaluronic acid and other mucopolysaccharides are filled in the dermis; fibroblasts are very important in dermal cells, which are responsible for the renewal of the extracellular matrix, that is, collagen and hyaluronic acid. These are all produced by fibroblasts. Generated. The number of wrinkles in the skin and various physical indicators (such as elasticity) are determined by this layer.

The DEJ layer acts as a link between the epidermis and the dermis, making the skin less prone to loosening.

Every layer of skin plays an important role in youthful skin and should be carefully cared for. When it comes to a complete anti-aging process, there is a long list of items to consider:

1. Moisturize

2. Reconstruction of epidermal barrier function

3. Anti fine lines

4. Anti-wrinkle

5. Skin elasticity

6. Firming of the skin

7. Skin contour and volume

8. Antioxidant

9. Anti-glycation

10. Matrix protection

11. Pores

12. Spots

13. Anti-inflammatory

Each of the above steps are some problems that will gradually appear in the skin in the process of aging, and the direction of skin care that needs to be done. However, doing each step is not easy. If these anti-aging methods and directions are further integrated and raised to a higher level, the way to achieve anti-aging skin care and technology is actually two aspects, one is: inhibition; the other is: promotion.

1. Suppression
With the aging of the body, the influence of the environment or the cause of genes, the cell and tissue structure of each layer of the skin will decompose and change. If these harmful changes can be inhibited, it can play an anti-aging effect. At the same time, if some harmful external influences can be suppressed, it will also contribute to the war against aging.

On this end of inhibition, there are many things that need to be inhibited, such as oxidation, free radicals, collagenase, elastase, metalloproteinase, plasmin, glycation, etc.  …

At present, what everyone knows the most is all kinds of antioxidants. In my seekpretty blog, antioxidants and anti-aging are placed in one column, because the relationship between antioxidants and anti-aging is too important, and human cells are constantly suffering from freedom. The body itself can naturally produce antioxidant substances that resist free radicals, but it is not enough in many cases. The stronger the antioxidant capacity of the human body, the healthier the body and the better the skin. We can resist some of the effects of free radicals on the skin by external application of antioxidants, such as the familiar antioxidant ingredients, including VC, VE, green tea extract, Q10 and so on. It is also a widely added ingredient in various cosmeceutical products.

There are also many related products, such as gold cream, 24K essence, etc.

2. Promote
The renewal rate of aging cells will slow down, and the rate of collagen and hyaluronic acid production will decrease. This is known for a long time. Then, if you can promote the work of these aging cells and make the renewal speed faster, then you can play an anti-aging effect. There are also many things that can be done to promote this angle, such as promoting the communication of cell signals so that the cells can work more actively, promoting the production of collagen and elastin, promoting the skin microcirculation and so on. Of course, this is a very long and deep topic, and I won't talk about it in this article.

There are also quite a lot of ingredients related to promotion. Niacinamide, A-alcohol, peptides, Boseine, etc. are all good at "promoting". Of course, with the in-depth research, we have found that many new ingredients have the same good skin care effects, and various new functions of the same ingredient are constantly being discovered.

Whether it is inhibition or promotion, it takes effort and long-term persistence to do any of these steps well, not overnight.

In these steps, the effect of anti-oxidation is already relatively rapid. After using an anti-oxidant product, it is still to be expected that the complexion will feel less dull after the day. To promote this aspect, it is not so fast to promote the production of collagen, and even produce a firming effect. Therefore, it is basically difficult to expect that by using an anti-aging skin care product, the elasticity will be restored immediately and the wrinkles will disappear immediately. Although some big-name products claim to have a firming and anti-wrinkle effect after using the product. But those effects are obtained after a long period of test results, such as 2 months or more, before there may be some changes, and in this result, you may not be able to feel the obvious difference with the naked eye, but it cannot be said that this The product has no effect.

Someone asked me recently: Why hasn't the xx anti-wrinkle serum been used for a long time to eliminate wrinkles? I asked, "How long have you been using it?", and the answer was: "I'm about to use up a bottle." For anti-aging, many pot friends have a deep misunderstanding. How can anti-aging be so simple?

In addition to skin care, there are environmental factors, genetic factors (this cannot be changed) will affect the aging process. Specifically, diet, exercise, environmental pollution, mood, etc., every factor will interfere with the skin's anti-aging war and affect the final skin condition.

For example you:

- Living in cities and areas with severe air pollution, excessive car exhaust, mixed with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and other harmful substances to the skin, make free radicals generate more, produce cytotoxicity, cause apoptosis, cause DNA damage, and finally aged;

——Drink an extra cup of milk tea, which will cause saccharification of the skin, and finally become old;

- Without sun protection, the level of MMP (matrix metalloproteinase) increases, causing damage to the collagen fiber network; resulting in cumulative photoaging damage, and finally aging;

——The work pressure brought about by raising a house, car, and baby can cause inflammation and accelerate the aging process;

——Lack of sleep for a long time will cause the skin's own repair ability to decline and become more and more aging;

It can be seen that every nuance in life may affect the outcome of the anti-aging war.

Applying a jar of skin care products is not enough. Anti-aging is not so easy.

Anti-aging is a complex war, far from a single-line battle of skin care, or even a battle (with a bottle of product) that can be won.

In addition to good skin care, you also need to fight aging in terms of nutrition, fitness, mood, environment, etc., which you can artificially control and strive for. Danger is everywhere, only full defense.

Anti-aging is doomed to fail, but what we have to do is to make this defensive battle last longer. Waiting for the classmates' reunion 10 years later, younger than the former classmates, can be regarded as a disguised victory.

Finally, I wish you who see here, can save the best youth as much as possible.

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