by Joy-Marie Peterson
Environmental aging is due to daily assaults on the skin such as too much unprotected time in the harmful UV rays of the sun or fluorescent lighting, tanning beds, pollution, impaired health or dangerous personal habits like poor nutrition, smoking, excess caffeine, alcohol and drugs. These aggressors create free radicals that attack skin cells, damaging their structure and diminishing the skin’s natural ability to repair itself.
Damaged skin cells become so fragile that they literally leak fluids. These fluids contain the precious water, oxygen and nutrients vital to the health and appearance of the skin. In fact, research indicates that environmental damage can cause as much as 80% of the visible signs of aging.
So, when I say products are anti-aging, I am referring to preventable signs of pre-mature aging! I see healthy people over 60 with beautiful skin due to sun protective habits and excellent fitness practices. Over the 35 years I've spent counseling men and women about their skin, I frequently hear "oh, its too late, I'm too old, there's nothing to be done". This is not so! Hundreds of clients can attest that once they hunkered down and followed the 5 easy steps I give everyone, the changes begin to show within days. You have to be ready to develop new, daily and lifetime habits - no news flash there!