If you think the only way to get rid of wrinkles is Botox, you couldn’t be more wrong.
Doctors, researchers and scientists have come a long way in revealing the science of effective wrinkle treatment and here’s what they’ve found: Wrinkles are caused by microscarring of collagen fibers in the skin.
When your skin is “stressed” by excessive sun exposure, poor diet, exposure to pollutants, etc., this leads to free radical formation, which triggers inflammation in the skin. This inflammatory response causes what is called “glycation of collagen.”
Glycation simply means that individual collagen fibers become “cross linked” or glued together. This cross linking leads to little scars in the collagen fibers.
It is these little micro scars in the collagen fibers in the deeper skin layers that lead to the appearance of wrinkles on the surface of the skin. Anything that counteracts free radical formation and/or inflammation in the skin will help prevent or slow further wrinkling of the skin.
Controlling free radical damage with antioxidants will not necessarily repair already damaged collagen, but it will definitely slow new collagen damage, which will reduce new wrinkle formation.
There are some very powerful natural substances that will actually repair already damaged collagen. When this happens, it’s magic! You will actually see a decrease in the appearance of wrinkles on your face and skin.
What are these powerful natural substances? Keep on reading.
Effective Wrinkle Treatment Starts Here!
- The first and most critical anti-wrinkle treatment is Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA).
What is alpha-lipoic-acid? It is one of the five major antioxidants that make up our body’s antioxidant network. Curious about the other four? Click here.
ALA is a fat soluble antioxidant that easily enters the outer cell membrane and protects it from free radical damage. Once inside the cell, ALA converts to DHLA, a water soluble from of ALA that penetrates into and protects all portions of the cell.
When you take ALA pills and apply ALA to the skin, it provides your cells and mitochondria the necessary protection for great energy production, which is the first necessary component for rejuvenating your skin cells.
In addition to its antioxidant powers, ALA has several other critical functions in wrinkle treatment: ALA prevents the activation of a transcription factor called NF kappa B. (Transcription factors are proteins that help determine whether certain genes are switched on or switched off.)
NF kappa B is a protein that migrates into the cell nucleus, attaches to the DNA (genetic material) and causes a release of pro-inflammatory cytokines.
These cytokines create a long lasting inflammatory reaction in the tissues that leads to glycation, cross linking of collagen fibers and other wrinkle inducers. ALA stimulates the activation of transcription factor AP-1. When AP-1 is activated by ALA, the cell is instructed to produce specific enzymes called “collagenases” that ingest already damaged collagen.
In so doing, these collagenases ingest already damaged collagen, thus repairing wrinkles and scarring. ALA reverses and prevents glycation (when a sugar molecule is attached to collagen).
You may remember that glycation is very damaging to the collagen fibers in the skin, causing cross-linking, stiffness, loss of elasticity in the skin and an aged appearance. ALA makes our cells more responsive to insulin.
In this way, ALA prevents accelerated aging in the skin and protects us from sugar’s toxic aging effects.
- The next most critical wrinkle treatment is Vitamin C Ester (also called Ester-C)
Ester-C is a non-acidic, non-irritating, fat soluble form of Vitamin C. It is also known as ascorbyl palmitate. Ester-C rapidly and easily penetrates into the skin.
Ester-C is a connective tissue regenerator. The two most important connective tissue elements to regenerate in terms of decreasing wrinkles and improving skin tone are: 1) collagen and 2) elastin.
Ester C increases the amount of both collagen and elastin found in the dermis by enabling the fibroblasts in the dermis to function optimally. Ester C stimulates collagen and elastin production even more in the presence of our next critical wrinkle treatment ingredient: DMAE (dimethylaminoethanol).
- The third and final wrinkle treatment is DMAE.
DMAE is a precursor to the excitatory neurotransmitter acetylcholine (ACh) and it has powerful anti-inflammatory properties as well.
This is important because acetylcholine is a vital neurotransmitter in the body that helps maintain good muscle tone.
As we grow older, the levels of acetylcholine in our body start to decline. As a result, our facial muscles become elongated and relaxed instead of staying short, tight and toned.
This leads to a loss of convexities, which is one of the major factors contributing to an aged appearance on the face.
When you apply DMAE topically, it will help provide your face and neck muscles with optimal levels of nutrients required by your body to make more acetylcholine. According to Nicholas Perricone, M.D., this powerful effect can literally increase skin tone within minutes.
DMAE can be taken orally as well as applied topically. It should be applied to the skin on the face and body morning and evening after cleansing.
Small amounts of DMAE are also found in fish.
The Ultimate Wrinkle Treatment Made Simple
- Start with R-Alpha Lipoic Acid 50mg once a day with breakfast.
- Use a topical Alpha Lipoic Acid lotion combined with DMAE every morning.
- Use a Vitamin C Ester cream combined with DMAE every evening.
- Take a DMAE bitartrate capsule every morning with breakfast.
That’s it everyone. Follow these steps and wrinkles will begin to disappear through the power of science.
One note I would make is that these ingredients are not cheap. ALA, DMAE and Ester-C are among the more expensive ingredients out there.
But, you’re worth it.