We all share the mutual concern of wanting to try to retain as much of our youth and vitality as we can while dealing with the aging process. Today we will try to answer some of the most common questions about the causes and prevention of the signs of aging.
What are the best ways to prevent signs of aging on the body?
Obviously DNA determines how our skin ages and the lifespan of our skin cells. Environmental factors such as smoking and sun damage can be responsible for as much as 50% of the aging process. Diet and exercise are also equally important in ones anti-aging arsenal. A healthy diet has been found to be one of the best ways to fight the signs of aging and according to research, regular aerobic exercise has the capability of actually changing the skin’s protein structure. It is also important to only use products on your skin that contain only top quality, natural ingredients while not containing any harmful ingredients.
What are key ingredients to prevent and treat signs of aging on the body?
At Body Bliss we like to incorporate seed and berry oils extracted with supercritical CO2 into as many of our anti-aging products as possible. This method of extraction is highly technical and quite costly, but it preserves all of the healing properties of the plants concerned, and the extracts are protected from oxidation during the process. Extracts that offer skin protecting and anti-aging benefits include sea buckthorn berry, rosehip, chia seed, wheat bran, soy germ and pomegranate.
Sea buckthorn oil - with its pain and stress relieving effect – is a key ingredient that supports the epithelization and the regeneration of skin tissue and helps heal sunburn quickly.
Sea buckthorn oil contains a high concentration of palmitoleic acid – an essential fatty acid that plays an important role in skin health – as well as phytosterols, tocopherols and carotenoids. Phytosterols penetrate to the deep layers of the skin and help build its natural moisture retaining properties, while tocopherols reduce UV induced skin damage by suppressing the formation of UV induced toxic peroxides on skin tissue. Carotenoids also protect against UV radiation and have a biological protective effect by their ability to scavenge activated singlet oxygen (free radicals).
Soy Germ CO2 extract contains more than 70% polyunsaturated omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids as well as unusually high content of tocopherols and phytosterols. It contains an outstanding phytosterol content of 5 - 8% which is not the case using other methods of extraction. Phytosterols encourage cell division and are important cell membrane components with protective and anti-aging efficacy. Phytosterols stimulate keratinocyte proliferation and hyaluronic acid synthesis; They have reparative properties and improve skin elasticity and smoothness. As a result the epidermis is thickened and regenerated which means improved barrier function, reduced trans-epidermal water loss and less wrinkles.
A few of our favorite anti-aging ingredients are Pomegranate and Prickly Pear. Deeply nourishing to the outer epidermal layer, Pomegranate Seed oil challenges free radicals that damage and age the skin, while Prickly Pear has excellent anti-inflammatory properties and enhances moisture retention.
What types of products are most effective for the body?
An exfoliant, like one of our buffing grains or body polishes, is an effective product. A good exfoliant will eliminate dead surface skin cells and allows treatment products to penetrate more effectively, thereby making the skin appear more refined. This leads to another effective body treatment product: a top quality moisturizer and/or body oil. Our Prickly Pear Pomegranate Restoring Body Oil is a luxuriously rich, textured oil containing wheat germ, avocado, chia seed and olive oil phytosterols and glycolipids, to replenish those lipids lost from the skin, and restore suppleness and flexibility. Prickly pear and pomegranate extracts provide anti-inflammatory and anti-aging action to restore skin to its maximal state of health and hydration.
Are there any treatments that should be avoided or could even speed up aging process?
You should avoid treatments that use products containing ingredients that have proven to negatively impact the skin. Mineral oil can clog pores and actually cause more skin issues by not enabling the skin to breathe. Alcohols can dry out the skin and strip away natural oils, which can then cause the skin to age at a more accelerated pace. Sulfates can dry out the skin and hair.
What types of treatments are most effective for signs of aging on the body?
There are any number of effective anti-aging body treatments. A treatment that contains an exfoliant is effective. Another one we are particularly fond of is our Age Defense Body Therapy treatment that we supply to our clients to incorporate into their treatment menu and use with some of our anti-aging products. This particular treatment is great for an after-sun treatment or for hydrating and healing stressed, dry or aging skin. The guest is enveloped with our Prickly Pear Pomegranate Age Defense Gel. This soothing mask contains extracts of Prickly Pear and Pomegranate in a cool aloe vera base and is rich in essential fatty acids with anti-aging properties, particularly beneficial for damaged skin. Deeply nourishing to the outer epidermal layer, Pomegranate Seed oil challenges free radicals that damage and age the skin. Prickly Pear has excellent anti-inflammatory properties, and enhances moisture retention. While the guest takes in these rich nutrients, the therapist then performs a pressure point facial massage with our Prickly Pear Age Defense Facial Treatment Oil that contains sea buckthorn and Helichrysum that soothes inflammation and stimulates cell renewal. Our deliciously fragrant Prickly Pear Pomegranate Restoring Body Lotion or Prickly Pear Jojoba Body Butter is generously applied as a final step in the treatment for extra hydration.
We hope this was informative and helpful to you. Body Bliss is proud to offer a plethora of natural, yet effective products that you can use in your anti-aging arsenal!