Have you ever noticed how two people the same age can look dramatically different ages? Is there a secret to aging gracefully - expensive creams and serums? Pricey laser treatments? A life filled with green smoothies, perfect sleeps, no stress and unicorns?!
Fear not, the answer is more simple than you may think! How we age on the outside has everything to do with what is going on in the inside. The activity of our cells, and how quickly they are able to renew is key to keeping our skin vibrant, bouncy and plump. If we give our cells the nourishment they need to thrive we can regain control over the rate we age. Empowering isn’t it?!
Before we get into our star of the show, astaxanthin, let's first talk about what happens to our skin throughout life:
Our Skin Throughout Our Life Span
In our teens: Our skins hydration and skin renewal is at its peak. Hello healthy, glowing skin.
In our 20’s: The accumulated toll of UV damage is starting to affect our skin. Stressors like free radicals can start to attach to the structures of the skin and start to breakdown collagen.
In our 30’s: If you haven’t taken the measures in your teens and 20’s, the collagen and elastins continue to slow and you will begin to see the first real wrinkles (different than fine lines). Because of this decreased cell renewal and slower turnover rate of the skin it can lead to duller complexions, uneven skin tone and/or hyper pigmentation.
In our 40’s: The slow decline of collagen continues, meaning the skin is becoming thinner and the barrier lipids aren’t as pronounced (aka dehydration). This is why as we age our skin typically becomes drier.
In our 50’s and higher: Our skins lipid layer (moisture layer) continues to thin leading to more moisture loss. As time goes on, this continual breakdown shows up in the form of wrinkles, fine lines and pigmentation.
Now, this isn’t to say we are doomed because KNOWING all of this we can begin preventing certain things from happening to our skin so we can still look like in our 20’s when we are in our 40’s and 50’s. I mean, we’ve all seen JLO right?!
How Does Astaxanthin Help Our Skin?
Astaxanthin is nicknamed the “fountain of youth” and for good reason. This red algae antioxidant not only protects the skin, but can actually reverse the damage before it’s done so it's never too late to start.
1. Strengthens Skin's Moisture Barrier
Consider this barrier (also known as the lipid or moisture barrier) yours skin’s armour against the outside world. It keeps out all the things you don’t want (like nasty pollution, dust and toxins) and seals in the good stuff, like moisture!
2. Protects Against Fine Lines and Wrinkles
You know how when you’re young, you can pinch your cheeks and when you let it go, it will snap right back into place? When you age, however, it takes longer for your skin to return to its original shape. This is due to the breakdown of collagen and elastin in your skin, which do two very different things.
Collagen gives your skin strength, but elastin gives it’s ability to bounce back. This is why it’s so important to protect your skins delicate collagen and elastin from breakdown from our friends, antioxidants.
Antioxidants protect our skin from pollution, stress and sun damage that we face in everyday life. Because this damage takes a toll on our skin at a deeper level, it's important that we attack it at a deeper level as well. As an antioxidant astaxanthin is clinically proven to be 3000 times stronger than resveratrol and 6000 times stronger than Vitamin C. When consume internally it provides the protection our skin needs so we keep our skin looking young, vibrant and healthy.
3. Supports Skin During UV and Sun Exposure
Sunshine, golden tans and sun-kissed hair sound pretty, but like many pretty things it is actually evil: It will age your skin and give you wrinkles. In fact, one study showed that 90% of skin damage is caused by UV rays. Of all the environmental stressors out there, UV damage is the most detrimental in many different ways.
Astaxanthin for More Youthful Skin
If you’re serious about looking younger than you are, adding astaxanthin should be the core of your beauty ritual. Our Antioxidant Glow Complex gummies are made with the highest quality astaxanthin you can find, and taste like delicious fruit punch so you will be excited to incorporate them on a daily basis.
Within days you’ll start to see a difference and within months, your skin will look so much healthier, younger that people may start asking: “Ok spill, what’s your secret?!”