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We live in a world in constant need of recharging. Laptops, iPads and iPods, cell phones, and even select cars require recharging in order to function. Your skin is no different. Whether you realize it or not, if you're a male, your collagen level begins to deplete daily after the age of 20 and even more rapidly if you are a smoker or sun lover. This is one of the reasons your skin should be recharged regularly. It’s the best way to be proactive in the battle against biological and environmental aging. Rob Lowe spent years formulating his anti-aging serum RECHARGE with specific ingredients that not only help maintain collagen but also nourish, soothe, and protect the skin. Here’s a breakdown of some of those ingredients and how they work to reduce the visual signs associated with premature aging.
Peptides and collagen occur naturally in the body but are also included in many different skincare products as supplements. Peptides are amino acids that form and support collagen, which is a protein and the primary component of connective tissue. Bio-mimetic peptides are synthetic amino acids that replicate those found naturally in our system. Studies show that adding bio-mimetic peptides to your skin can stimulate the production of collagen and keep your skin firmer as you age. They help minimize lines and wrinkles and limit the effects of aging by neutralizing free radicals and even regenerating sun-damaged skin.
Vitamins C & E
Vitamin C is a staple in many anti-aging skincare products because of its role in the synthesis of collagen and its ability to heal damaged skin. It’s also been proven to be quite effective in the reduction of wrinkles and the reparation of dry skin. Like vitamin C, vitamin E is also an antioxidant, and its main function is to minimize the damage caused by the sun’s harmful rays. The body produces vitamin E, which is released as sebum through pores, and though this prevents dryness and wrinkled skin, both genetics and the environment can alter this production. This is why you should look for products to supplement it.
When we think of algae, the first thing that generally comes to mind for most is that green muck growing in pools, ponds, and lakes. Though there are thousands of different species of algae, there are really only two types. One is macroalgae, otherwise known as seaweed, and the other is microalgae such as the chlorella vulgaris extract in RECHARGE. This green algae has amazing purifying properties and contains antioxidants, vitamins, and chlorophyll, which activates enzymes to help fight breakouts and reduce inflammation. Chlorella vulgaris is also known to stimulate cell growth and repair. It increases both tone and firmness of skin, while its high levels of amino acids keep it smooth and healthy.
Though it sounds like some sinister wizard in a sci-fi movie, saccharide isomerate is really a harmless plant-derived emollient. It does, however, possess a little magic in its ability to bind to the skin like no other moisturizing ingredient. Part of the reason for this is because its composition is very similar to the moisture already found in the stratum corneum or top layer of the skin. Once saccharide isomerate locks onto the water within this outer most layer of your skin, it's pretty much there to stay and cannot be removed easily even by rinsing it off. This means your skin stays moist and hydrated for longer periods of time.
CoQ-10 is a coenzyme, which is vital to cell reproduction and present in just about every cell in the body. In case you're curious, enzymes need coenzymes in order to continue their biological development. However, much like collagen, coenzymes begin to decline rapidly after the age of 20. Some of the advantages of using CoQ-10 in skincare products include: the stimulation of collagen; the reduction of free radicals due to its antioxidant properties; the evening out of skin tone because CoQ-10 blocks tyrosinase, which effects skin’s pigment; the healing of sun-damaged tissue; and the energization of cell activity. All very important functions in regard to how the skin ages. Or more importantly, doesn’t age.
If you’d like to take charge of keeping your skin looking younger, perhaps it’s time to RECHARGE it.