Effective Anti-Aging Approaches
By Dr. Kate Dudek
Over time, the skin ages. This is an inevitable, natural process that affects us all. Obviously the rest of the body ages too, but changes to the skin are often the first visual sign of not only advancing age, but also various medical conditions and life stages. Click here for a comprehensive review of factors that can affect the skin.
Aging is a complex biological process, mediated by both endogenous and extrinsic factors. Endogenous factors include genetics, hormonal status and rate of cellular metabolism. Extrinsic factors include environmental pollution, ionising radiation and chemical/toxin exposure. This explains why women who have undergone treatment for cancer are particularly prone to problematic skin and an exacerbation of the normal aging process.
The aim of a successful anti-aging therapy is to restore healthy, smooth, blemish-free, resilient skin. Some of the most frequently used approaches are:
- The application of topical agents and medications, usually rich in antioxidants.
- Invasive procedures such as chemical peels, laser therapy, skin injections and thread-based facelifts.
- Systemic agents such as HRT. Primarily used to combat other detrimental effects seen with increasing age, but also have a positive effect on the skin.
- Avoiding harmful exogenous factors/making lifestyle adjustments. For example, stopping smoking.
The option used will depend on personal circumstances and preferences, as well as how severe the issue is deemed to be.
For many women applying a topical product to the surface of the skin is a good starting point. These products usually contain a range of ingredients, designed to improve the appearance and structure of the skin. Antioxidants such as vitamin C and E are regularly included, as are moisturising humectants and emollients. Polypeptides are also widely used in anti-aging products. Peptides are small molecules that target and stimulate collagen synthesis, helping the skin to retain its elasticity and firmness. Collagen is present in the dermal layer of the skin; however, levels decline with age. The peptides in skincare products work by promoting the production of new collagen, mimicking the body’s natural peptide signalling.
The Ozalys Precious Care Day and Night Moisturising Cream contains Matrixyl®
3000. Matrixyl® 3000 combines two peptides, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7 and palmitoyl oligopeptide and, as a result, it is termed a ‘super peptide’. Studies have shown that cosmetic formulations that contain, amongst other ingredients, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7 and palmitoyl oligopeptide, reduce wrinkle formation, increase skin elasticity and improve skin tone.
This means that this product is a good option for those women that are worried about the premature aging effects of cancer treatment. Furthermore, this cream contains an emollient-rich cocktail of moisturising ingredients, proven to provide soothing relief to painful, dry skin.
Ozalys’ products have been designed with women who have been affected by cancer in mind. Ozalys allows women to continue to care for themselves every day using products that innovate through their formulas, optimal absorption and packaging. Ozalys’ specially-formulated solutions are catered for physiological conditions that cause dermal sensitivity, or for the side effects of certain treatments that may result in olfactory and dermal ultra-sensitivity.
Ozalys’ personal hygiene, face and body care products have all been developed with the utmost care, minimising preservatives and excluding all substances suspected of being harmful to the body. Their highly soothing, moisturising and protective properties, as well as their delicate application and scent, turn daily beauty routines into moments of well-being and comfort.
- Ganceviciene, R, et al. “Skin Anti-Aging Strategies.” DermatoEndocrinology, vol. 4, no. 3, 1 July 2012, pp. 308–319., doi:10.4161/derm.22804.
- Hahn, H J, et al. “Instrumental Evaluation of Anti-Aging Effects of Cosmetic Formulations Containing Palmitoyl Peptides, Silybum Marianum Seed Oil, Vitamin E and Other Functional Ingredients on Aged Human Skin.” Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine, vol. 12, no. 2, Aug. 2016, pp. 1171–1176, doi:10.3892/etm.2016.3447.
- “Matrixyl.” The Derm Review, https://thedermreview.com/matrixyl/.