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It is no secret that the older we get, the less energy we have. We tire easily. We think slower. Our memory worsens. The skin has the same problems with aging. The energy source in the cells of the skin is Adenosine TriPhosphate (ATP). It is the “spark” that causes birth, movement, functional integrity, defense and compliancy: Without it, nothing happens – there is no body, no skin and therefore no life. I liken ATP to a rechargeable battery. During the day, we use up a lot of the energy stored in the battery and at night while we sleep, it recharges. Enter the aging process. The old battery does not charge up as well and also has a hard time holding onto that charge. When this happens the body and the skin suffer because there is not enough quality and quantity energy to perform it’s duties. Every cell of the skin is at risk of malfunction because the aging process interferes with energy production.
What to Do?
Almost all sources of cellular energy is derived from the food we eat and the ability of our digestive tract to assimilate that food into usable energy. The body burns protein, carbohydrates, fat, sugar, etc. if “broken down” properly in the digestive tract. With age, the GI tract loses it’s ability to dissect our food intake properly. This causes a poor supply of fuel to burn as energy, which in turn, causes the “batteries”in our skin cells to run-down. One can imagine the cascading effect: Old, poorly energized skin has become thin, pigmented, veinous, creepy, etc. all because the cells do not have the energy to get the job done. Diet and nutrition play a huge role in slowing down the aging of the skin.
Leafy greens; Spirulina; Omega 3’s and 6’s; swimming fish; and vitamins A, C, D, and E.
Everything in the human skin is no different. The body is controlled by the health of each and every cell. The aging process slows down all cellular functions, reducing quality and quantity. It is incumbent upon the aesthetician to provide services and products that supplement the skin to slow down this aging process. It is also necessary to educate the consumer on cleanliness, product penetration, at-home regimens, proper anti-aging diet and nutrition and exercise.