Stress…something that we all live with – in one form or another – our entire life. We tend to look at personal stress as growing pains: bills, job pressure, our health, or just lifestyle in general. In this day and age, however, we are a lot more health conscious in regards to how both internal (personal) stress and external (environmental) stress affects our health including our skin.
When you live in a highly populated area, your skin is susceptible to environmental and oxidative stressors such as pollution, smoke, and UV exposure. All of these factors can affect the skin’s barrier function and break down the essential proteins that support the skin, collagen and elastin, causing premature signs of aging.
Have you ever taken a look in the mirror and thought to yourself, “I look stressed?” Your stressed out skin may be screaming for help! When you stress, your body releases a hormone called cortisol, also known as the stress hormone. When cortisol is released, it can wreak havoc on your skin as well as your health. High cortisol levels can decrease the skin’s ability to retain water causing it to look dull and feel dehydrated. Have you ever noticed when you are nervous or worried about something you become flush? When you are stressed out, blood flow increases causing capillaries to expand. The result… discoloration, redness and puffiness – especially annoying if you have rosacea or extremely sensitive skin.
Neurophroline™ is the first cosmetic active ingredient able to block the production of cortisol. It was discovered in the wild indigo, Tephrosia purpurea, a native Indian plant used in the Ayurvedic Tradition for its skin benefits. Neurophroline helps promote the release of endorphins which are relaxing neuropeptides in skin that break down cortisol.
Like we mentioned earlier, your skin suffers from internal stress in addition to oxidative and environmental stressors like excessive sun exposure, extreme heat or cold, and pollution. Imagine walking around downtown, or even driving on a highway with the windows down and a huge truck goes by, and you can see the cloud of smoke with what appears to be little small dots or particles. Particulate matter is a mixture of solid particles and liquid droplets found in air dust, smoke, and soot and can be seen with the naked eye. Pollushield™ is a powerful combination of antioxidants and polymers, with metal chelating properties, to help protect the skin from urban pollution. Pollushield forms a barrier between the skin and the harmful substances found in the environment acting as a free radical scavenger and improving your skin’s own barrier function.
These are just two of the powerful anti-aging and stress relieving ingredients featured in this month’s new product launch – Age Defense-AP Stress Relief Serum. This innovative serum is part of our Age Defense-AP line which addresses “autophagy” in the skin. Autophagy is the key process by which cellular waste is removed or recycled. In general terms, Autophagy is the skin’s “housekeeping” process. Just like we need to dust our homes to keep things looking clean and like new, we need to do the same with our skin to help delay the aging process. Autophagy helps to detoxify/purify the skin and rejuvenate it by turning junk proteins that speed up the aging process into amino acids and other key items that the skin recognizes and is needed for the skin to remain healthy and younger-looking longer. This unique process helps reduce the visible signs of aging often referred to as senescence, and delaying the appearance of that skin aging by decades.
Our Age Defense-AP products help to significantly combat the signs of stress-related skin aging by giving the skin a firmer, more rejuvenated appearance. In addition, we’ve specifically formulated the entire line for sensitive skin with ingredients rich in polyphenols for skin protecting, anti-redness and calming benefits; hydroxybenzoic compounds of ayurvedic origin for reduction of skin’s sensibility and irritability, as well as peptides specifically formulated for improvement of the visible signs of sensitive skin.
For more information on our Age Defense-AP Stress Relief Serum, see this month’s Product of the Month blog.