In order for an anti-aging skin care system to work, it must do more than cover up the effects of aging. It also has to attack some of the root causes of the process that causes skin to droop, wrinkle, and otherwise show the signs of advanced years. Here are the essential factors for obtaining youthful and radiant skin from these systems, as discovered by a variety of studies and other research:
The Product Must Work to Stop the Breakdown of Collagen in the Skin
For many years, skin was thought to sag and wrinkle because the collagen in it basically “stretched out.” Now, we know that this essential form of connective tissue is actively broken down by matrix metalloproteases (MMPs), which are enzymes that the body produces on its own. This was originally discovered by doctors seeking solutions to wounds that would not close. It was found that in these wounds, MMP shave built up to the point that any new connective tissue ends up being destroyed.
Later, further studies were done on this class of enzymes. It turned out that they start to accumulate in the body any time between 19 and 39 years old. The concentration then increases with age. Notably, this increase corresponds with the appearance of the skin. That’s because the MMPs are destroying the collagen that keeps it firm and young-looking.
Stopping this Process
It’s clear that a true solution to aging skin must include doing something to stop the increasing concentration of MMPs. Fortunately, methods to reduce, or “down regulate,” the production of these enzymes have been discovered. Good anti-aging systems therefore include the ingredients necessary to do this in localized areas such as the face.
The System Must Increase the Level of Skin Collagen and Elastin
It isn’t enough to slow down the production of collagen-attacking enzymes. An anti-aging product also needs to help increase the production of new collagen and elastin to restore youthful tightness and elasticity to the skin. In the Radien system, this is done by adding peptides to the formula. Peptides are small bits of protein that help in the production of these crucial biological components.
A good system will include peptides, but it won’t stop there. It also combines them with other substances to further urge the body to up its production of collagen and elastin.
Studies and Testing
Reputable anti-aging systems don’t just claim that they have the keys to a more youthful appearance. They rely on studies, not only of their products, but of the science behind those products. Radien, for example, has made use of a University of Florida study on MMPs and their relation to healing as well as on other research. Good skin care companies are also sure to test their own products for effectiveness, high levels of compatibility with various skin types, and more.
The double-blind study is the gold standard in medical testing. Many supposed anti-aging products never go through any of these, but instead, rely on things like reports from people who know exactly what they’re using. Radien, on the other hand, was so confident of its product that it chose to use the scientifically-rigorous alternative. Double-blind, split-faced studies confirmed that the product produced a notably more youthful appearance on the side of the face it was applied to. (A split-faced study involves applying the product to one side of the face and a placebo cream on the other side. This way, differences in skin types and people are accounted for.)
Studies of this sort are essential for determining whether something really works. Without them, the results are subject to the internal bias of the user or researcher. This is known as the “placebo effect” – people tend see the results if they expect, whether or not the thing they’re testing actually does anything. Double-blind split-face studies eliminate this effect by preventing both the participants and the researchers from knowing which side of the face is getting the active product until the study has ended.
Ease of Use
This factor is rarely talked about, but it’s one of the most important when it comes to the effectiveness of any product or treatment. That’s because a product can only work if people use it and do so properly. Intelligent product designers therefore make sure that it’s very easy for customers to accomplish proper use.
In order for a formula to make a person look better, it needs to be non-irritating. This ensures that any gained skin tightness or plumping is not overshadowed by redness and acne. It also helps to ensure that people will keep using the product. Therefore, good formulas are tested for this as well as for scientific details like the level of MMP production after use.
While it’s unrealistic to expect instant results from anything meant to actually change, rather than just cover, the skin, it is important that visible changes happen fairly quickly. This provides the visible proof people need to see in order to keep using the product. It also provides the obvious benefit of more attractive skin. Users of anti-aging products should be able to see some change within a week, though it will typically take several weeks to see all that the product is capable of doing.
To learn more about scientifically-tested, advanced-formula anti-aging systems, just contact us. We’ll be happy to show you the best ones for your age and skin type and tell you exactly how to use them.