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LE Magazine November 2007
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Topical Nutrients To Revitalize the Aging Neck


By Gary Goldfaden, MD

Antioxidant Benefits of Tea

Free radical damage to your skin is a leading cause of premature aging. The potent natural antioxidants found in white, green, black, and red tea extracts help reduce the inflammation and oxidative stress that can destroy the health of your skin cells.14-16 Red tea in particular possesses a very impressive antioxidant capacity.14 Tea extracts also enhance the powerful, free radicalquenching capabilities of vitamin E17 and provide the protective strength of epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), which can even guard your skin from the ravages of UV exposure and DNA damage.18 In addition, green tea may enhance intracellular superoxide dismutase (antioxidant) activity and increase total plasma antioxidant activity.19 Furthermore, the vitaminC activity of tea extracts20 may contribute to the formation of new collagen,21,22 improving both your skin tone and structure.

The outstanding free radicalquenching ability of topical tea extracts and their many benefits in countering the normal effects of aging make them highly desirable ingredients in any skin-care regimen.

Energize and Firm the Skin

Other notable ingredients that offer proven rejuvenating benefits for your skin when used topically include coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), alpha-lipoic acid, and dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE).

The antioxidants CoQ10 and alpha-lipoic acid are highly effective in countering the normal decline in mitochondrial energy production that accompanies aging.23 These nutrients are especially important for aging skin due to their essential role in promoting youthful skin cell structure and function.24,25

Another nutrient that fights sagging caused by the destruction of the skin’s underlying collagen structure is DMAE. This has been shown to produce a firming effect on the skin,26 and, based on clinical reports, it may be the first topical agent that can help firm sagging skin directly.27,28 DMAE also greatly increases the skin’s radiance and tone.

Put It All Together

It is now possible to rejuvenate the aging skin of your neck—without resorting to invasive surgical procedures. Remarkable topical nutrients such as acetyl hexapeptide-3, hyaluronic acid, retinol, N-acetyl glucosamine, niacinamide, CoQ10, concentrated tea extracts, alphalipoic acid, and DMAE help protect, repair, and strengthen your skin, while lessening the appearance of hyperpigmentation and vertical banding. These topical ingredients also help hydrate and revitalize dry-looking skin, firm and tighten sagging areas, and reduce the appearance of creases and folds. By applying these advanced topical agents one to two times daily, you can relieve the tell-tale signs of aging and achieve a firmer, more youthful-looking neck.

If you have any questions on the scientific content of this article, please call a Life Extension Health Advisor at 1-800-226-2370.

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