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LE Magazine April 2004
A Partial Reversal of Skin Aging
A new delivery system overcomes a long-standing obstacle to effective skin care

A Multipronged Attack on Skin Aging
For decades, women have gone to dermatologists to have collagen injected under their skin. The immediate effect is the removal of fine lines and wrinkles and a temporary restoration of a more youthful appearance to the skin.

Collagen is a naturally occurring protein that provides support and flexibility to the skin. It forms a mesh-like structure that supports new cells as they grow. Collagen levels diminish with age, resulting in skin sagging, loosening, and losing resiliency. When collagen is injected into the skin, it increases the supportive layer under the skin so that scars, lines, and winkles can be filled in. As a result, skin looks younger and smoother.

Cosmetics companies have taken advantage of the known benefits of collagen injections to claim that their collagen creams produce similar anti-aging effects. Regrettably, collagen molecules are too large to efficiently pass through the upper layer of the skin, so collagen creams provide little benefit.

For the first time, a patent-pending delivery system has been developed that enables very large molecules (such as collagen) to pass through the upper layer of skin. When this new transdermal system is combined with collagen, the collagen molecules are delivered directly to the third layer of the epidermis—an effect achieved previously only by injection.

Collagen replacement is one important component of an anti-aging skin program. The good news is that scientists have published findings indicating that people may have more control over the rate at which their skin ages than over any other organ of the body.

To slow skin aging and partially reverse it, an individual must take a comprehensive approach to gaining control over all the factors that have been identified in the skin degeneration process. Life Extension members have taken advantage of this wealth of knowledge by using the multi-ingredient Rejuvenex® and/or Dream Cream® face creams. Both of these formulas contain stabilized forms of vitamin C, which has been shown in published studies to facilitate the natural synthesis of collagen beneath the skin and induce anti-aging effects.

With the availability of Hydroderm® liquid drops, far more collagen can now be restored beneath aging skin. For optimal results, we suggest applying Hydroderm® liquid drops immediately after the face is cleansed while the pores are open for maximum assimilation of the collagen into the lower layers of the skin. Wait 15 minutes for the Hydroderm® to dry, and then apply Rejuvenex® or Dream Cream® to provide your skin with a complete armamentarium of age-defying nutrients.

Taking Control of Your Appearance
For many years, a debate raged in the dermatological community as to whether topically applied anti-aging preparations really slowed or reversed skin aging. The scientific literature now indicates that the daily application of a variety of agents can have a profound effect on both the health and appearance of the skin.

While the concept of controlling cellular aging remains controversial, no one disagrees that individuals can significantly influence the rate at which their skin ages. For instance, if a person wants to accelerate skin degradation, all they have to do is expose themselves to lots of ultraviolet radiation, cigarette smoke, and ethanol. Even second-hand cigarette smoke prematurely ages the skin.

Hydroderm® liquid drops have become an incredible success story. Word-of-mouth advertising has resulted in an enormous number of jars being shipped monthly to regular users. Based on our review of the scientific reports and the results of our own clinical study, Hydroderm® has demonstrated efficacy in reversing the signs of certain aspects of skin aging, primarily in people over the age of 40.

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