Wrinkles, altered pigmentation, loss of skin tone… we all associate these changes with skin ageing.
Age related skin changes are the result of genetically programmed changes (intrinsic factors) and environmental wear and tear on the skin (extrinsic factors). While both influence the skin’s structure and function, extrinsic factors cause more pronounced changes.
Estimates state that 80-90% of what we see on our skin as adults is the result of exposure to daylight, which is referred to as photoageing. Manifestations of photoageing include an increased wrinkle formation, a loss of tension and elasticity, degeneration of the vascular supply and skin thickness, a reduction in the water binding properties of the skin, dilated capillaries hyper-pigmentation and other skin discolouration.
AGE Smart is not an ‘anti ageing’ line. It is a results driven system that specifically works to control the biochemical reactions that lead to skin ageing. While skin ageing is a natural process, premature ageing isn’t, and by working to control the biochemical reactions that lead to skin ageing, AGE Smart is helping to control these symptoms before they start, instead of just treating them once they are visible.
how it works
The above image showing the layers of skin.
AGE Smart® contains scientifically advanced ingredients proven to impact the major biochemical reactions that contribute to skin ageing before they start, so your skin is left smoother, firmer and healthier. AGE Smart® is the intelligent investment in your future skin.
Free radicals (reactive oxygen species (ROS))
Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) are dangerous oxygen molecules generated by UV rays and pollution. They attack the skin causing non reversible damage, stiff collagen and elastin (the cause of wrinkles) and lessen skin’s natural ability to repair itself.
To defend against ROS:
AGE Smart® products include antioxidants, including polyphenols from White Tea, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP – a highly stable, non-irritating form of Vitamin C), Licorice and Vitamin E that work to inactivate free radicals and create stable molecules, preventing damage to the cell.
matrix metalloproteinases (MMP)
Matrix Metalloproteinases (MMPs) are enzymes activated by UV exposure or inflammation. They contribute to the breakdown of existing collagen while inhibiting the formation of new collagen. Long term activation of MMPs results in disorganisation and destruction of the skin matrix – two key characteristics of photo aged skin.
To control the formation of MMPs:
AGE Smart® products include peptides, MAP, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A) and powerful plant extracts.
advanced glycation end-products (AGEs)
The same glucose (sugar) that provides energy for our cells can also react with proteins, including the skin’s collagen. This reaction results in the formation of Advanced Glycation End-products (AGEs), which can contribute to loss of elasticity, wrinkles, inflammation, inhibited skin cell growth and accelerated ageing.
To control the formation of AGEs:
AGE SmartTM products include “sugar traps”: Soy proteins, Glucosamine and specific peptides intercept the sugar, bind to it and prevent sugar from reacting with collagen protein in skin.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How is the AGE Smart system different from Dermalogica’s current line of MultiVitamin treatment products?
Dermalogica’s MultiVitamin products contain high levels of antioxidant vitamins to focus specifically on age prevention and defence against ROS. The AGE Smart line takes the prevention concept two steps further by also addressing AGEs and MMPs. AGE Smart provides a comprehensive system that combats the main causes of skin ageing.
- What kind of client is the AGE Smart system for?
AGE Smart is ideal for any client of any age who wants to control the structural manifestations associated with skin.
- I have oily skin can I still use the AGE Smart range?
Almost all the products in the AGE Smart system are universal for varying skin conditions due to their treatment nature. You would still need to being using a dermalogica moisturiser that specially addresses your oil condition.
- How is the AGE Smart system different from other ‘anti ageing’ lines?
The AGE Smart system is not an ‘anti ageing’ line. It is a results driven system that specifically works to control the biochemical reaction that lead to skin ageing. While skin ageing is a natural process, premature ageing isn’t, and by working to control the biochemical reactions that lead to skin ageing (ROS, MMPs and AGEs), AGE Smart is helping to control these symptoms before they start, instead of just treating them once they are visible.
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