Life Extension Magazine August 2003
Rejuvenate Your Skin While You Sleep
by Maria Rabat
"Beautiful skin is nourished skin," says Carmen Fusco, R.N., M.S., C.N.S, a research scientist and clinical nutritionist based in New York City. She is also the creator of the Dream Cream, a novel skin care formula that enhances the skin's own ability to repair itself. As we grow older, there is a decline in cell replacement, thereby compounding the problem of aged skin. A wound on a healthy teenager heals quickly, but on a fifty-year-old adult, that same wound takes more time to heal because older skin cells suffer from a decreased ability to renew and regenerate themselves.1
The Dream Cream, with years of research behind it, contains ingredients scientifically proven to heal and protect damaged skin. It's important to note that separately, each of the natural substances included in the Dream Cream packs a good deal of benefit, but when used together, they become dynamic boosters of each other. A synergy of chemical reactions intensifies antioxidant activity and heightens the overall efficacy of each ingredient.2
The antioxidants in the Dream Cream, particularly vitamins C and E, contribute to skin repair, while vitamin A works on removing old cells, a vital step in the skin renewal process. There are actually two forms of vitamin C included in the Dream Cream, the fat soluble and non-irritating ascorbyl palmitate, which has potent free radical quenching effects, and sodium ascobyl phosphate, which acts as a collagen production booster, strengthening collagen strands and making them more resilient. Glycolic acid works with vitamin A to remove hard, old cells, while alpha lipoic acid helps not only to deactivate free radicals, but also to strengthen and energize the healing properties of vitamins C and E, making them much more effective repair agents.3
Unique to the Dream Cream are the hormones melatonin and DHEA. These hormones do not absorb into the body, but rather are only available to the multiple layers of the skin. The importance of this is that the skin has a relatively limited blood supply that results in it being deprived of optimal amounts of orally ingested DHEA and melatonin supplements. Since melatonin is naturally secreted only at night, the application of the Dream Cream at bedtime gives the skin the hormone replacement it needs at the precise time the body is naturally recovering from the stresses of the day.
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Aging causes biochemical changes in collagen and elastin, the protein fibers that give skin its youthful tone and appearance. Aged skin also appears more translucent because of the decrease in the number of pigment-containing cells called melanocytes. As the subcutaenous fat layer begins to lose its padding and connective tissue support, the skin begins to sag and look less supple, and wrinkles form. And because aged skin is thinner and more fragile, it is at increased risk of injury.4 UVA damage leads to the breakdown of the skin's collagen fibers, which keeps the skin firm and sag-free.5 Excessive damage, which may not show up for years, is often revealed in a leathery look of the skin, and also in the form of skin cancer and age spots.
There is plenty we can do to beat back the merciless hands of time. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a good first defense, along with arming yourself with scientific-based skin care products. You can make the most of the complexion you have-regardless of the advancing years-by eating sensibly and avoiding known skin aging accelerators such as tobacco smoke, UV sunlight and excess ethanol. It is critical to choose topical skin products that not only provide broad-spectrum protection against internal and environmental damage, but also help repair and renew aging skin cells. The sooner these preventative measures are taken, the better your chances are in winning the war that has been waged since the day you were born.
1. Suh DH, et al. Effects of 12-O-tetradecanoyl-phorbol-13-acetate [corrected] and sodium lauryl sulfate on the production and expression of cytokines and proto-oncogenes in photoaged and intrinsically aged human keratinocytes. J Invest Dermatol. 2001 Nov. 117(5):1225-33.
2. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology International, 1997; 42 (6): 1093-1102.
3. Lu C, et al. Interactions of lipoic acid radical cations with vitamins C and E analogue and hydroxycinnamic acid derivatives. Arch Biochem Biophys. 2002 Oct 1;406(1):78-84.
4. Gilchrist, A, Chiu, The Merck Manual of Geriatrics, Section 15, Chapter 122.
5. Chung JH, et al; Modulation of skin collagen metabolism in aged and photoaged human skin in vivo. J Invest Dermatol. 2001 Nov;117(5):1218-24.