iamselfcare-miracle-ingredients-questions-answersThe truth about the five “miracle ingredients”


Inflammation is caused by many factors, including the sun, allergic reactions to products and foods, and the environment. Daily assaults such as unprotected sun exposure, hot or very cold water, extremely dry air, and applying skincare products with irritating ingredients can generate an inflammatory response. This causes the skin’s immune system to become impaired. A breakdown of collagen (or, “collagenase”) occurs and the skin’s outer protective layer become vulnerable. Anti-inflammatory actives help to calm, protect and heal the skin.


Young skin is loaded with antioxidants that naturally protect our skin from the environment, especially sun damage. Due primarily to sun damage and other factors such as getting older, menopause, disease and using irritating skincare products, our skin loses the ability to produce antioxidants. If we don’t get enough antioxidant protection—either from our body’s production, dietary sources or topical applications—free-radical damage wreaks havoc, causing collagen to break down, DNA in our cells to mutate, and impairing the skin’s ability to heal, and so on. Free-radical damage causes collagen and other vital skin functions to break down.

Antioxidants can radically slow the impact of free-radical damage. A great skincare product—whether it comes in a liquid, gel, serum, lotion or cream—should contain a potent assortment of stable antioxidants to interrupt free-radical damage and keep it from harming your skin. A few of the dozens of highly effective antioxidant sources are some you might recognize (Green Tea, Grape Seed Extract or Vitamins A, E and C) and others you may not (such as niacinamide, epigallocatechin-3-gallate or superoxide dismutase). The greater the variety of antioxidants in a product, the better it works.

Antioxidants act like a “fountain of youth” yet to be honest, the results aren’t going to make you look 20 years younger. In fact, you may not see much change in your skin at first, but that doesn’t mean antioxidants aren’t working to improve cell function, increase collagen production, tighten the skin create younger skin cells and reduce sun damage. These improvements takes time, so beware of exaggerated claims.


Emollients supply oil and nutrients to the skin to keep it moisturized, soft, supple and protected.

Growth factors:

These are naturally occuring proteins that are capable of stimulating cellular proliferation and differentiation. Growth factors bind to specific receptors on the cell surfaces and are important for the regulation a variety of cellular processes. They accelerate healing and, when applied to aging skin, will increase the rate of skin renewal. The result is newer, stronger younger-looking skin.

Hyaluronic acid:

Hyaluronic acid boosts the skin’s moisture content, and helps to prevent moisture loss and maintain elasticity.

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