Do Anti-Aging Creams Really Work? Renew Youth Answers
Learn about the hormonal causes of skin aging and how to correct them with Renew Youth’s topical estrogen cream.
Are you concerned about the health and appearance of your skin? You’re not alone. Many women struggle with skin changes that make them look and feel older than they’d like. An overwhelming variety of products that claim to solve this problem are available, but can you really count on any of them to work?
It all depends on the ingredients in the product and the root cause of your skin changes. To make the best choice for your skin, you need accurate information from a source you can trust—such as Renew Youth.
At Renew Youth, we specialize in helping women find solutions to the myriad changes that affect their bodies during menopause—including skin changes. With nearly 20 years of experience in better aging treatments for women, you can trust us for reliable information about skin aging as well as safe and effective products that can help you reduce and even prevent signs of skin aging.
The Structure of Healthy Skin
Firm, smooth, healthy, youthful-looking skin requires three main elements: moisture, collagen, and elastin. Moisture comes from natural skin oils and from compounds like hyaluronic acid, which help keep skin cells plump and hydrated. Collagen, which is actually the most abundant protein in the body, is responsible for creating the structure that holds various tissues in the body together. Within the skin, collagen forms the network that new cells attach to, keeping skin firm and tight. Elastin is another type of protein found in skin. It is responsible for giving skin its resiliency so that it springs back into shape when pressed or pulled.
How Aging Affects Skin
Over time, a variety of environmental, dietary, and hormonal factors work together to disrupt the three elements of healthy skin—moisture, collagen, and elastin—and cause visible signs of skin aging such as wrinkles, sagging, discoloration, and age spots. Collagen in particular will be lost at a rate of between 1 and 1.7 percent per year starting in your 20s.
Here are some of the most important factors to consider when it comes to skin aging:
UV Rays: Sun damage is a leading contributor to skin aging. UVA rays are especially harmful as they can create free radicals that cause collagen and elastin to break down. In addition, UV exposure can cause skin to take on a dull or blotchy appearance due to discoloration and dehydration.
AGEs: Sugars in your diet can react with amino acids in your body in a process called glycation. The resulting Advanced Glycation End-products (AGEs) will trigger an immune response as your body struggles to get rid of them. When you eat lots of sugar and end up with lots of AGEs, the immune response can cause significant damage to proteins such as collagen.
Smoking: Nicotine and other chemicals in cigarette smoke cause premature skin aging in two main ways. They damage collagen, and they also interfere with the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to skin so that it can’t heal and renew itself properly.
Hormone Decline: A healthy balance of estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and thyroid is vital for healthy skin. Growth hormone is also needed to help repair and rejuvenate skin. Unfortunately, all of these hormones can become unbalanced with age. Estrogen and progesterone in particular will decline sharply at menopause, which is why many women experience new or accelerated signs of skin aging at this time. Common menopause-related skin changes include thinning skin, dry skin, itchiness, loss of elasticity and volume, and more wrinkles.
Types of Anti-Aging Creams
The variety of anti-aging creams on the market today can be really overwhelming. Different products will deliver varying degrees of improvement, depending on which of the top causes of skin aging they target. The main types of active ingredients you will find in all anti-aging skin creams include:
Antioxidants: Free radicals, or unstable oxygen molecules, are a key culprit in the formation of wrinkles. Numerous products make use of various antioxidants to help destroy free radicals and prevent them from breaking down skin cells and damaging collagen and elastin. Common antioxidant skin cream ingredients include retinol, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, CoQ10, green tea extract, and grape seed extract.
Exfoliants: Another way of giving skin a more youthful look is by exfoliating the top layer of dry, dead skin to reveal fresh, new, evenly pigmented skin. Products with various hydroxy acids are relying on this exfoliating action to correct signs of aging. It’s worth noting that the antioxidant retinol also has exfoliant-like properties. Retinol helps encourage skin cells to turn over more rapidly so that you have more new skin cells and a more even skin tone.
Moisturizers: Adding moisture is a really simple way to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The effect is temporary though, and lasts only as long as the moisture remains in the skin cells to plump them up. One of the most powerful moisturizing ingredients is hyaluronic acid. This compound is naturally found in skin, but declines with age. Hyaluronic acid molecules can attract and retain up to 1000 times their weight in water. When applied topically, hyaluronic acid helps hydrate skin to soften the look of wrinkles.
Hormones: As the body’s chemical messengers, hormones are responsible for triggering and controlling a wide variety of processes, including the production of collagen. And of course you can’t have firm, smooth, tight, youthful-looking skin without plenty of collagen. Research has shown that applying estriol (a form of estrogen) and progesterone directly to the face can provide significant benefits for women. Wrinkles and pore size can be reduced and elasticity can be improved.
So Which Anti-Aging Cream is Right for You?
Your choice of anti-aging cream—and ultimately its effectiveness as well—will depend on what’s driving your skin changes. For menopausal women, a topical estrogen and progesterone cream is more effective than a simple moisturizer, antioxidant, or exfoliant alone because it goes to the root cause of their skin changes, namely hormonal decline.
This type of anti-aging cream is not widely available from regular doctors for several reasons. First, many doctors don’t recognize how significant a woman’s appearance can be for her well-being and so they simply ignore cosmetic issues. Secondly, doctors are often unaware of the strong body of research that supports topical hormone treatments for improving skin quality. Finally, most doctors do not use compounding pharmacies, which prevents their patients from enjoying the benefits of the mild form of estrogen (estriol) that is most effective for fighting skin aging.
Renew Youth’s anti-aging cream contains a gentle yet effective mix of estriol and progesterone to deliver noticeable improvements in skin tone, elasticity, moisture, and smoothness. This cream can be used safely without risk of affecting your overall hormonal balance.
Maximize the Effectiveness of Your Anti-Aging Cream
No matter what type of anti-aging cream you choose, you can maximize its effectiveness by following these tips
Follow Instructions: Some anti-aging creams have specific instructions for how and when to apply them for best results. In some cases not following instructions could actually be harmful. For example, products containing retinol should not be applied to wet skin or mixed with products containing benzoyl peroxide, or irritation may result.
Nourish Your Skin: Proper nutrition supplies the building blocks for healthy skin. You’ll want to limit sugary foods that can trigger glycation, while adding more of the skin-friendly nutrients that help protect against free radicals. Foods rich in Vitamins C, E, and A are considered vital for healthy skin. You could also consider taking an antioxidant supplement such as CoQ10.
Balance Your Hormones: While a topical application of estrogen and progesterone will help improve the appearance of your skin, for even greater improvement you need to address your overall hormone balance, which will drive skin changes from within. Renew Youth offers proven safe and effective hormone replacement therapy including personalized dosages of the vital hormones you may be low on during menopause, such as estrogen, progesterone, thyroid, DHEA, and testosterone. When all of these hormones are balanced at more youthful levels, your skin will look more youthful as well. Increasing production of growth hormone can also be helpful, as growth hormone is responsible for repair and renewal of cells throughout the body, including in your skin. We offer treatments that can boost production of your own natural growth hormone.
Protect Your Skin: If you use an anti-aging skin cream but continue to engage in behaviors that are damaging to skin, you likely won’t see the improvements you desire. Take common-sense steps to protect your skin, such as limiting sun exposure, wearing sunscreen, avoiding cigarette smoke, and eating a skin-friendly diet high in antioxidants.
Find Products You Can Trust at Renew Youth
If you are interested in harnessing the power of hormones to improve your skin’s appearance, contact Renew Youth today. We can offer both topical anti-aging cream for women as well as comprehensive hormone therapy. All of our treatments are based on the latest proven science and include high-quality ingredients you can trust for visible results.