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Avoiding the Unavoidable

By: Sara Mason
Posted: August 31, 2010, from the September 2010 issue of GCI Magazine.

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Sunlight also contributes to the formation of free radicals, which leads to cell deterioration. This eventually results in skin that is recognized as being aged: loose, sagging tissue, lines and wrinkles, veins that are visible on the surface of the skin, dry leathery texture and the development of age spots.

In addition, one of the issues with exposure to solar radiation is the way it suppresses the immune system aspects of the skin. According to Rebecca James Gadberry, chairman/CEO YG Laboratories, research shows that even passive exposure, without so much as a slight burn, to solar radiation is compromising the immune system, which is also part of the process that leads to the development of skin cancer.

The Solution

Only a limited number of ingredients address the signs of aging. According to GCI magazine’s sister publication Skin Inc. magazine, studies on retinol (vitamin A), ascorbic acid (vitamin C), and various peptides (such as palmitoyl pentapeptide, palmitoyl tripeptide and oligopeptides) show positive effects in stimulating collagen to help smooth and re-texture aging skin.

Wrinkles, however, are the benchmark of declining collagen levels and can impact all age groups when UV radiation assaults cells, breaking down DNA via the sun’s proton energy. There are substances that help prevent DNA damage and support the skin’s natural ability to repair itself, and biotechnology is inspiring the development of some of the most revolutionary skin care in the history of the industry.

With this in mind, CosMedix launched Cell ID, featuring growth factors, enzymes, amino acids and antioxidants—as well as a mitochondria extract to give energy to the cells. It is formulated to help reduce wrinkle depth, minimize fine lines, enhance skin’s texture and diminish age spots.