… The days you struggled to get everything done.
… The nights you stayed up way too late – tending to a sick child or sharing a couple of drinks with a friend.
… The years of toil, pleasure, and indulgence – sometimes at the expense of your body.
Dark circles under eyes, wrinkles, and lines – those tell-tale signs of aging – first appear around your eyes and lips. Why there? Not only are they the most delicate and sensitive areas of your face, your eyes and lips get a pretty constant workout.
They're also the areas most prone to the drying effects of weather and sun exposure. Free radical damage from smoking, stress, environmental pollution, excessive exercise, and poor diet wreak havoc on your fragile skin tissue.
Aging doesn't help. With each increasing year, your skin undergoes changes in structure and function, making it more difficult to maintain a youthful appearance.
These changes are subtle. You hardly notice… until the day you catch a glimpse of that first – or second – wrinkle in the mirror.
But here's the truth… There's much you can do to maintain or even help restore a healthy, youthful appearance. You don't have to look older than your age.
In fact, you can look years younger if you're willing to give your skin, particularly those delicate areas around your eyes and lips, the attention it craves.
How Does Aging Affect Your Skin?
Your skin is made up of three layers – the epidermis, dermis, and hypodermis.
The top layer – or the epidermis – is where all-important cell renewal takes place. In younger skin, cells divide and replace themselves every 15 to 30 days.
With age, these cells divide more slowly – perhaps twice as long – making your skin less able to repair itself quickly. The total number of epidermal cells decreases by 10 percent each decade of life.
These top moisture-protective cells begin to lose some of their "stickiness", releasing moisture instead of preserving moisture in your skin.
The result is thinner looking and drier skin. Nowhere is this more noticeable than with the fragile skin under your eyes.
The dermal, or second layer, also thins as you age and produces less collagen – the natural protein that keeps your skin looking smooth and firm.
Essential for skin strength and elasticity, a loss in collagen causes your skin to lose its suppleness and begin to wrinkle and sag.
Once active sebaceous glands now produce less skin-lubricating sebum, and the number of sweat glands decrease. Both of these changes lead to skin dryness and the formation of fine lines.
Finally, the third and bottom layer of your skin – the hypodermis or subcutaneous layer – contains fatty tissue that cushions the layers above it. As fat cells shrink with age, these less "plumped" cells can no longer "fill in" damaged upper layers of skin. As a result, skin sags and wrinkles.
It's Not Only Aging That Causes Wrinkles and Lines Around Your Eyes and Lips
Unprotected overexposure to ultraviolet light from the sun accounts for 90 percent of symptoms of premature skin aging.
Sun overexposure damages the moisture barrier in the epidermis. In the dermis layer, sunlight damages collagen fibers and leads to the accumulation of abnormal elastin which can cause fine lines, wrinkles, and even dark circles.
If you're a regular reader of Mercola.com, you know how passionate I am about natural sunlight exposure. It's critical for ensuring adequate vitamin D production for good health. But at the same time, it's important to protect delicate tissues – especially areas around your eyes and lips – from excessive sun exposure.
Ultraviolet light from the sun comes in two main wavelengths: UVA and UVB.
UVB is what you want for healthy vitamin D production. UVA, the deeper penetrating ray, is the culprit behind photoaging and wrinkles.
And the latest research reveals the ideal time to catch those healthy UVB rays is right around noon, when they best penetrate the atmosphere.
When selecting a safe sunscreen to protect the delicate areas of your face, be sure to select one that protects against damaging UVA rays.
Two non-toxic ingredients that offer safe protection are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, natural minerals used worldwide for over 75 years.
In fact, I've chosen them to form the base of my Natural Sunscreen Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are only safe when micronized. Be sure that they are not nano-sized.
There's another cause behind wrinkle formation other than sun exposure – and it's one you might not expect.
Strenuous Exercise Can Bring On Early Wrinkles
I learned about this one the hard way, back in the late 1960s when I started exercising vigorously. My skin suffered oxidative damage simply because I underestimated the immense destructive power free radicals can have on your body.
Here's a short primer on free radicals and how they affect your skin.
Free radicals are unstable oxygen molecules that have only one electron instead of two. In their search for a second electron, free radical molecules strip electrons from other molecules, thus creating more molecules that are unstable.
This process continues to repeat itself, causing oxidative damage that affects cell function and alters genetic material.
Free radical damage causes wrinkles by activating the matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) – enzymes that chop up the connective tissue forming collagen.
Excessive cardiovascular aerobic type activity, such as marathon running, has the ability to cause oxidative damage and premature wrinkles if antioxidant levels are not high enough in your body.
Protect your skin from the damaging effects of vigorous exercise by taking a high quality antioxidant.
Smoking, Stress, and Diet… Potent Causes of Wrinkles from Oxidative Damage
Three other conditions can also initiate this cascading process of damaging free radical formation:
- Smoking and Cigarette Smoke
If you know someone who has smoked for a long time, you'll probably recognize the hallmark of smoking – "crow's feet" skin wrinkling. This is likely due to the oxidative damage caused from cigarette smoke.
Smoking disrupts your body's natural process of breaking down old skin and renewing it.
Remember those MMPs (matrix metalloproteinases) – those collagen-destroying enzymes activated by free radicals? Skin cells exposed to cigarette smoke produce far more MMPs than normal skin cells. Further, smoke causes a drop in the production of new collagen by up to 40 percent.
This combined effect of breaking down collagen more rapidly and producing less new collagen can cause premature skin aging in smokers (and those exposed to heavy cigarette smoke). In fact, smokers are three times more likely to develop deep wrinkles than are nonsmokers.
The free radicals generated by cigarette smoke also accelerate the aging process by damaging the microcapillaries in your skin. This disrupts your skin's ability to absorb nutrients, accelerating wrinkling and lines of aging.
Want to Look Years Younger? Deal with Your Stress.
It's no secret that stress wears you down, both inside and outside of your body.
And it shows up on your face, especially in the form of lines and wrinkles.
Scientific studies reveal that extended exposure to psychological stress can speed up the aging process of your cells and cause them to die at a faster rate.
Stress appears to decrease your skin's ability to function properly and repair tissue.
Your skin's recovery seems to be directly linked to stress levels – stressful events and even stressful thoughts are associated with the decreased ability of your skin to function normally.
A study involving 200 pairs of identical twins discovered that life experiences, rather than genes, create your physical appearance as you age.
People who had been through the stress of divorce looked nearly two years older than their married, single or even widowed twin. Those who used antidepressants also appeared significantly older.
Your body's ability to adapt to both internal and external stress is important not just for good health, but also for slowing your physical signs of aging.
Effectively dealing with your stress and maintaining a positive outlook on life are two straightforward solutions to preventing premature aging from stress, and enjoying a youthfully invigorating appearance.
Eating the Right Foods Can Help Slow Your Signs of Premature Aging
In an international study of eating patterns and skin aging, investigators found that dark- and fair-skinned people who consumed diets of healthy whole foods were less prone to developing wrinkles.
Even when age and smoking were factored in – conditions linked to skin aging – diet still played a role in helping to prevent wrinkling of sun-exposed skin.
The study authors speculate that certain foods offer superior skin protection due to their high levels of antioxidants such as vitamins A, C and E.
The skin, they note, is a "major target of oxidative stress."
Monounsaturated fats such as olive oil may offer similar protection. Fatty acids are present in your skin, and monounsaturated fats resist oxidative damage.
Omega-3 fatty acids help normalize skin lipids and dehydration in your cells.
Omega-3s help maintain the structure and moisture content of skin cells, which minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Here are just a few of the healthiest foods for promoting a youthful appearance:
- Organic green leafy vegetables
- Dried and fresh beans and legumes
- Walnuts, almonds, pecans, and seeds
- Olive oil, coconut oil, and Krill oil
- Wild-caught, mercury-free salmon
Getting Rid of Dark Circles, Bags and Morning Puffiness
Dark circles and bags under your eyes can be caused by a number of conditions:
- Heredity – dark under-eye circles sometimes run in families
- Lifestyle factors – smoking, drinking alcohol and caffeinated sodas
- Sinus congestion – dilates and darkens the veins draining your eyes
- Sun overexposure – causes your body to produce more melanin skin pigment
- Aging – thinning skin and loss of fat and collagen which emphasizes the reddish-blue blood vessels under your eyes
- Certain allergies (usually food related) can result in the appearance of dark circles under your eyes
If occasional puffiness beneath your eyes is a result of too little sleep, poor diet or excessive alcohol, manual lymphatic drainage massage may help remove built-up toxins. Drinking plenty of pure, filtered water helps to replenish lost moisture and purge released toxins.
Here's how to do manual lymphatic drainage massage:
- Start at the inner corners of each eye and work out towards your temples.
- Using your ring fingers, press firmly but gently for the count of three at small steps along your eye sockets.
- Continue until you reach the 'dip' just to the outside of your eye socket. (This is where the toxins you have massaged from the under-eye area release into your bloodstream.)
A high quality topical hydrating and skin-strengthening eye treatment product may help reduce puffiness and lessen the appearance of dark circles. By helping to rebuild collagen and stimulate the growth of skin cells, you can help restore a fresher-looking, younger appearance, especially around your eyes and lips.
An Ageless Appearance Requires Exceptional Skin Nourishment
There's much you can do to maintain a youthful appearance. Looking great without the wrinkles, lines, and bags of aging demands a multi-faceted approach:
- Eat fresh, antioxidant-rich, organic whole foods (locally grown when available).
- Eliminate damaged omega-6 fats from your diet and make sure you use plenty of high quality omega-3 fats in your diet.
- Protect your skin from the damaging effects of UVA rays.
- Don't smoke and avoid cigarette smoke.
- Treat delicate areas with pure high-antioxidant botanicals to restore lost moisture strengthen and rejuvenate tissues.
Beware of Cheap Generic Ingredients in Skin Care Products – Especially Those You Can't Pronounce!
I'm sure you wouldn't want to use anything on your face that would be harmful or potentially toxic, right? After all, what goes on your skin ends up in your bloodstream and throughout your body.
Selecting a healthy skin care product can be a chore. Distinguishing healthy ingredients from potentially harmful ones – especially if they're labeled "organic" – is particularly challenging.
When it comes to face care products, "organic" is likely the #1 most abused word.
Your only reassurance of a healthy product is selecting one made of natural, pure ingredients that you recognize and trust.
And selecting one certified as 100 percent organic to meet the USDA organic standards assures you of its purity.
You know it's the real deal.
Unless you see the bold green "USDA Organic" seal, "organic" doesn't mean anything!
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We've Chosen Only the Finest Natural Botanicals From Around the Globe
From the far corners of the world, we've gathered ten of the finest natural, organic botanicals to provide exceptional nourishment and hydration for aging, dry and damaged skin.
You won't find purer, finer ingredients than those we've selected for our Eye and Lines Treatment. Natural botanicals such as…
- Organic Pomegranate Seed Oil
Revered by the Ancient Greeks, the people of China, India and the Middle East for nearly 8000 years, the ruby red pomegranate enjoys a colorful history.
The beautiful Greek goddess Helen of Troy, said to have a face that "launched 1000 ships," attributed her beauty to the goodness of the pomegranate.
The cold-pressed oil from its seeds provides powerful antioxidants along with punicic acid, an abundant Omega-5 fatty acid, to fight free radicals that damage and age your skin.
Pomegranate seed oil repairs skin damaged by sun exposure and aging by extending the life of fibroblasts, the cells responsible for producing collagen and elastin.
A study from the University of Michigan Medical School, published in the February 2006 Journal of Ethnopharmacology, shows that pomegranate seed oil stimulates the production of collagen, leading to a thickening of the epidermis and dermis of the skin.
It may also help prevent the breakdown of collagen fibers due to aging. This suggests that pomegranate oil may boost the ability of skin to repair itself by regenerating its supporting collagen structure.
- Organic Shea Butter
From the local cottage industries of the African Savannah, the Ghanaian women support their families while providing an extraordinary botanical for our Eye and Lines Treatment.
Produced only in Africa, Shea Butter comes from the nut of the Karite tree. A natural blocker of UV rays, Africans have been enjoying the many benefits of Shea butter for centuries
Rich in fatty acids and vitamins, Shea butter penetrates deeply to stimulate collagen production and the skin's renewal process. Non-greasy, it restores elasticity, softens and moisturizes dry, irritated, chapped, cracked or sun damaged skin.
- Organic Jojoba Oil
Cold-pressed jojoba oil comes from the seed of the simmondsia chinensis, a woody perennial bush native to the Southwestern U.S. Sonora Dessert. Seeds resembling large coffee beans yield a light, clear and odorless oil.
Actually a liquid plant wax, jojoba oil is similar in composition to the sebum produced by your sebaceous oil glands. When normal sebum production begins to decrease after your teens, rich, silky jojoba oil replicates its deep moisturizing qualities.
The wax esters in jojoba oil hold water in your skin, much like natural sebum, improving skin moisture and elasticity. Deeply penetrating inner skin layers, it helps restore your skin's structure.
Known as 'nature's wrinkle fighter', nutrient-rich jojoba oil works to prevent and reduce wrinkles and lines. Jojoba oil is especially useful for delicate tissues surrounding your eyes and lips, areas lacking natural oil glands.
Jojoba oil also helps oily skin. Mixing with natural skin sebum, the skin slows its production of excessive sebum. It also helps lighten and heal scars.
- Organic Acai Oil
Acai Oil is cold-pressed from the seeds of the Acai berry. Deep blue berries are gathered by hand from the Amazon rainforest and quickly processed under cold and air-free conditions to yield a pure oil.
Jam-packed with vitamins and minerals, Acai oil's true value lies in its rich antioxidant content – natural vitamins E and C and anthocyanins.
In fact, the Acai berry boasts the highest per unit value of antioxidant power (ORAC) of any edible fruit in the world.
These high levels of antioxidants protect the collagen in your skin from harmful free radicals and oxidative damage.
An abundant supply of natural, stable vitamin C in a skin care product is rare. Vitamin C helps rejuvenate and revitalize your skin by encouraging cell regeneration.
Phytosterols in Acai oil protect the fragile epidermal layer of your skin. Essential fatty acids such as linoleic acid, Omega-6 and Omega-9 moisturize and nourish your skin, erasing years from your appearance.
- Organic Green Tea Leaf Extract
Latest research shows that Green Tea Leaf Extract packs a more powerful antioxidant punch than vitamins A, C, and E. This high level of antioxidants reduces sun damage to your skin by suppressing free radicals and reducing inflammation.
Green tea also contains plentiful polyphenols, which include flavanols, flavandiols, flavonoids, and phenolic acids.
One study, performed in 2003 by Dr. Stephen Hsu of the Medical College of Georgia Department of Oral Biology, found that the most abundant green tea polyphenol, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), was able to reactivate dying skin cells.
"When exposed to EGCG, the old cells found in the upper layers of the epidermis appear to start dividing again," Dr. Hsu states.
When used regularly as part of Eye and Lines Treatment, green tea extract may help increase elasticity and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Organic Sweet Almond Oil Extract
Naturally expeller-pressed from raw almond kernels, Sweet Almond Oil is exceptionally rich in fatty acids. With a high concentration of oleic and linoleic essential fatty acids – and similar in composition to the oil babies' skin excretes – almond oil bathes your skin with cell nourishing moisture.
Almond oil helps your skin maintain the proper balance of moisture, which is critical for delicate areas lacking natural lubrication.
Nourishing and softening to your skin, sweet almond oil extract helps prevent 'crow's feet' under your eyes. It helps make dark circles appear lighter and reduces the appearance of bags and puffiness.
- Organic Aloe Leaf Juice Gel
When applied to your skin, aloe leaf juice can penetrate three epidermal layers, driving nutrients and moisture into the deeper layers of your skin.
Not only does it reach deeply, aloe penetrates almost four times faster than water!
Aloe is packed with polysaccharides – naturally occurring compounds that fight inflammation and promote healing.
Recognized as one of the world's top experts on aloe, Dr. Ivan E. Danhof, M.D., Ph.D., from the North Texas Research laboratories discovered aloe leaf gel increases the production of collagen- producing dermal cells.
Damage from sun and normal aging can loosen the structure of surface skin epidermal cells, allowing water and moisture to escape. Dr. Danhof believes that the plentiful polysaccharides in aloe may reorganize and tighten the epidermal skin structure, giving delicate skin greater protection and a more youthful appearance.
- Organic Planifolia Vanilla Fruit Extract
Planifolia vanilla may just be the hottest new anti-aging substance in the international skin care industry.
Tucked away on the island of Madagascar, lay pristine plantations of planifolia vanilla plants. From the hand-harvested green pods comes a highly sought-after fruit extract that may hold promise for exceptional skin rejuvenation.
Here's how the story goes… The women of Northern Madagascar make face masks using the fruit pods of the Planifolia vanilla. Their firm, smooth skin radiates with youthful vitality. Is it due to their cherished Planifolia vanilla?
This is what we know: the Planifolia vanilla fruit extract is a source of catechins (also known as polyphenols), which exhibit strong antioxidant activity.
What we don't know – yet – is if Planifolia truly possesses any additional active constituents to warrant the steep price tag of over $200 for a mere half ounce of formula!
Delightfully fragrant and soothing to eye tissues, I've included Planifolia vanilla fruit extract in my Eye and Lines Treatment – but you won't pay anywhere near that price.
- Organic Chamomile Flower Extract
From the early days of the Egyptians and Greeks, the chamomile flower has been regarded as a sacred herb.
The active ingredients in chamomile – flavonoids and essential oils, account for its curative powers.
Flavonoids, powerful antioxidants, protect against free radical damage to cells and tissues.
The essential oils in chamomile flower extract soothe irritated and chapped skin.
Olive oil is a monounsaturated fatty acid containing oleic, linoleic, and alpha-linolenic fatty acids. These fatty acids are precursors to natural prostaglandins, which make your skin moist, smooth, and firm.
- Organic Olive Fruit Oil
From the ancient shores of the Mediterranean, olive oil has been used for thousands of years to nourish and revitalize skin.
Olive oil contains three natural skin-benefitting substances: squalene, squalane, and hydroxytyrosol. Squalene and squalane protect your skin's own oils from oxidative damage. In fact, your body produces squalene as part of sebum.
Hydroxytyrosol is a polyphenol with the highest level of free radical protection activity ever reported for any natural antioxidant compound. Found only in olive oil, this super-fighter protects against and heals skin damage from sun, stress, exercise, pollutants, and other lifestyle stressors.
An excellent emollient, olive oil smoothes and softens skin. It is non-greasy and penetrates the skin without clogging pores. Olive oil helps restore elasticity and suppleness to delicate tissue, especially around your eyes.
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- Soothing, deeply penetrating oils and butters chosen for their ability to regenerate delicate tissue, restore elasticity, ease wrinkles and lines, and minimize bags and dark circles.
- Natural sources of potent antioxidants and phytosterols to slow and reverse the signs of aging in skin from free radical damage.
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